DDMBA Toronto welcomes Ven Guo Dong for Dharma Gaia 2012

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Ven. Guo Dong, president of the International Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association and successor to Ven. Master Sheng Yen, will be visiting Toronto with a group of five other Venerables for DDMBA Ontario’s annual fundraising events — October 19, 20 and 21.

Dear Friend,We would like to thank you for your continued kind support and generous contributions to DDMBA Ontario’s development over the past year. To continue our spiritual practice together, we hope you can join us for an exciting opportunity to learn more about Chan Buddhism and cultivate blessings, in the company of fellow practitioners.

DDMBA Ontario is pleased to announce that Venerable Guo Dong, the Abbot President of DDM in Taiwan, will be coming to Toronto, along with Chang Gui Fashi, three supporting Fashis, and Mr. Huang, the Dharmapala Vice President of Dharma Drum Headquarters, to oversee a series of events related to Chan Buddhism, from October 19 – 22.

Please see the schedule below, and mark your calendars for these exciting and inspirational events.

DDMBA Ontario October Fashi Events Schedule

1. Welcome Reception for Venerable Guo Dong and Fashis
Friday, October 19, 2012

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location:  1027 McNicoll Avenue, Lower Level, Toronto, ON M1W 3X2

Cost: Free

Description: A chance to meet with Venerable Guo Dong and Fashis in DDMBA Ontario’s new location, at 1027 McNicoll Avenue. Come and join us for a heart-warming reception, in the company of fellow practitioners, friends and family.

  1. Invitation to DDMBA Ontario 2012 Fundraising Campaign: “Connecting Hearts, Cultivating Affinities, Passing the Infinite Light of Wisdom” (Limited Space, RSVP Required.)

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012

Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Chinese Cultural Centre, Grand Hall, 5183 Sheppard Ave.nue East Toronto, ON M1B 5Z5

Cost: Free, donation is welcome

Languages Used: Chinese, with English Translation available on-site

Description: The theme for this year’s fundraising event is “Connecting Hearts, Cultivating Affinities, Passing the Infinite Light of Wisdom.” Join us for an exciting day of learning and being inspired by Dharma, which includes a speech from Venerable Guo Dong, a special Candle Lighting ceremony, musical performances, DVD showing, complementary vegetarian lunch, plus much more. Take part in the shared community of fellow practitioners, as DDMBA Ontario moves toward another year of challenges, learning and growth.

Please note that this event is FREE of charge. However registration is required to attend this event.
Please Click Here To Register

If you are unable to access registration link above please send an email to ddmba.toronto@gmail.com. Please register by October 10, 2012.

  1. Buddha Name Recitation One Day Retreat

Date: Sunday October 21, 2012

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (registration begins at 9 am; retreat starts at 9:30 am)
Location: North York Civic Centre, Member’s Lounge (on lower level) 5100 Yonge Street, North York, ON M2N 5W4

Cost: Free

Description: To coincide with the recently formed Buddha Name Recitation Group here in Toronto, DDMBA Ontario is very pleased and honored to welcome Venerable Guo Dong and Fashis to lead us in our chapter’s very first Buddha Name Recitation Retreat. Buddha Name recitation is one very excellent method of purifying the Mind, and can also be used as a meditative practice in itself. Like all forms of mindful practice, it can also be an entry point to investigating the mind, and can even be used to enhance the Huatou method of asking “Who is reciting Buddha’s name?” We hope that you can join us for this event, which includes complimentary vegetarian lunch, plus periods of chanting in a peaceful, relaxed retreat environment.

To Register: Send an email to ddmba.toronto@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at (416) 855-0531.

We hope to see you at these events, and please be sure to visit www.ddmba-ontario.ca and our Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ddmba.toronto for more information on upcoming and regular events!

Peace and Harmony,

DDMBA Ontario

Details from the DDMBA Ontario website

Details from The Buddhist Channel

Please note that registration is required for both events, although admission is free.

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