Abbot Venerable Dhammapida (Fa Yao) was born in Taiwan and grew up in Malaysia. In 1987, he received his full-ordination as a Bhikkhu monk in Sri Lanka under Ven. Prof. Dhammajoti. He received his degree in Buddhist Studies, Buddhist and Pali University and his master degree in Buddhist Philosophy at Kelaniya University in Sri Lanka respectively.
In 2005, he successfully hold a Ph.D.degree at the department of Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Bristol, U.K. His special preferences are in Abhidhamma and meditation practices, and often stress the importance of the meditation in society. He speaks Chinese, Cantonese, Hakka, English, etc., and reads many languages for his persuasion of academic like Sanskrit, Pali, Japanese, French, German, etc.
Date: 2012/11/23 (Friday) ~ 2012/12/1 (Saturday)
Registration: 2012/11/23 (Friday) 5pm, Orientation: 7pm,
The Four Immeasurables or the Four Sublime Abidings is a meditative method to cultivate four wholesome mental qualities loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. These positive states of mind are the antidotes to anger, harm, and jealousy which plague the people all their lives. These four wholesome mental qualities, once developed, would help a person to obtain true happiness within oneself, harmony with others, and tranquility and peace. The method is highly emphasized in Mahayana Buddhism for those who would like to cultivate the heart of wisdom (Bodhicitta) and walk on Bodhisattva path. Practicing this method will make positive impact on our lives both mentally and physically whether you are a Shravakayana or Mahayana practitioner or a non Buddhist.
Venerable Dr. Dhammadipa is the Abbot of the Chuang Yen Monastery. He is a professor at Buddhist colleges in Taiwan specializing in Agama and Abhidharama. He was also a visiting professor at Sun Yet-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. He ordained his bachelor and master degress in Sri Lanka whereas doctoral degree in Theology and Religion from the Great Britain. Venerable Dr. Dhammadipa was ordained since 1987.
Date & Time: 11/19 (Saturday) 2:00pm -11/27 (Sunday) noon
Registration: 11/19 (Saturday) 2:00pm, 4:00pm Orientation, 6:00pm Introduction
Four Immeasurables (Four Sublime Abidings) Meditation, a kind of Samatha, is a (concentration) technique practiced in early Buddhism, aimed at training the mind to remove one’s resentment while enlightening loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. It is not only a practical way to govern one’s anger, jealous, malicious, and meddling mind, but also a great dharma way to open one’s happiness in life. It can be regard as a profound foundation for all the meditation practice.
Venerable Dr. Dhammadipa is the Abbot of the Chuang Yen Monastery. He is a professor at Buddhist colleges in Taiwan specializing in Agama and Abhidharama. He was also a visiting professor at Sun Yet-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. He ordained his bachelor and master degress in Sri Lanka whereas doctoral degree in Theology and Religion from the Great Britain. Venerable Dr. Dhammadipa was ordained twenty three years ago.
“One Aspect of Early Mahayana Buddhism in China – Mysticism or Immanence? ”
Date: August 21 2011, Sunday, 2 pm
Place: Woo Ju Memorial Library
Speaker: Ven. Dhammadipa
Chuang Yen Monastery Abbot Ven. Dr. Dhammadipa will be giving a ‘rare-to-hear’ talk on the early Mahayana Buddhism in relation to practice of Pureland, visualizing the Buddha Amitabha to be present in front. This seemingly mystical, but yet, important in Chinese Buddhism has influenced several Mahayana Buddhist texts such as Dasabhūmi Vibhāṣā Sāstra (十住毗婆沙論), and Kumarajīva’s (鳩摩羅什) understanding of faith-based Buddhist practices.
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