Localizing Buddhism 0812
【人間社記者 Karen Sun New York報導】 2017-08-18
  • 圖說:The five-day North America Dharma Teacher Workshop commenced on 8/11 at Deer Park, NY. Close to total of 70 Venerables and lay participants attended the workshop to learn and improve on localizing Buddhism. 圖/IBPS, New York提供

  • 圖說:The five-day North America Dharma Teacher Workshop commenced on 8/11 at Deer Park, NY. Close to total of 70 Venerables and lay participants attended the workshop to learn and improve on localizing Buddhism. 圖/IBPS, New York提供

  • 圖說:The five-day North America Dharma Teacher Workshop commenced on 8/11 at Deer Park, NY. Close to total of 70 Venerables and lay participants attended the workshop to learn and improve on localizing Buddhism. 圖/IBPS, New York提供

  • 圖說:The five-day North America Dharma Teacher Workshop commenced on 8/11 at Deer Park, NY. Close to total of 70 Venerables and lay participants attended the workshop to learn and improve on localizing Buddhism. 圖/IBPS, New York提供

  • 圖說:The five-day North America Dharma Teacher Workshop commenced on 8/11 at Deer Park, NY. Close to total of 70 Venerables and lay participants attended the workshop to learn and improve on localizing Buddhism. 圖/IBPS, New York提供

  • 圖說:The five-day North America Dharma Teacher Workshop commenced on 8/11 at Deer Park, NY. Close to total of 70 Venerables and lay participants attended the workshop to learn and improve on localizing Buddhism. 圖/IBPS, New York提供

How to localize Buddhism in the U.S.? How to fit Buddhism into what Americans need? The five-day North America Dharma Teacher Workshop commenced on 8/11 at Deer Park, NY. Close to total of 70 Venerables and lay participants attended the workshop to learn and improve on localizing Buddhism.

Venerable Man Chien stated in the opening ceremony localization is the foundation of Buddhism development in the US. The method of promotion has to adhere to the local culture and customs accordingly. This workshop is to gather the strength from everyone with the guidance of Master Hsing Yun’s Consensus and Openness to step forward in Dharma teacher cultivation and to localize Buddhism.

The workshop received enthusiastic responses when announced. Over 20 Vererables and 50 participants registered to join this event. There were local Americans, first generation Chinese, American Born Chinese, and Latinos from all walks of life. They ranged from college students, professional elites, to retirees. Through keynote speeches, panel discussions, and sharing of different experiences, participants were creative collectively and brain stormed as groups.

The topic of the first day of the workshop was Current Issues and Concerns. Venerable Miao Guang, Venerable Miao Hsi, and Venerable Chueh Ji led forums and panels to allow participants sharing their own experiences and listening to others’ in order to deepen Buddhist influence in our lives. Venerable Miao Guang used the key points from Master Hsing Yun’s writings on social issues to discuss the modern interpretation of organ transplant, aging population and the like. Furthermore, based on Buddhism, the discussion touched upon how to perceive worldly phenomenon from a higher and broader point of view.

Each day, the workshop incorporated morning meditation along with evening English chanting led by Venerables from different monasteries. The diverse styles of English chanting and meditation enhanced the localization further. May the participants to implement what they gained in the workshop into their own communities and bring brightness and hope to all.