Most Venerable Master Hai Tao – Maha Sangha Dana – Linkou, Taiwan

The “2018 International Conference for the Buddha’s Ritz-Carlton” and Maha Sanghadana was held at the National Sports University Gymnasium in Linkou, Taiwan on September 02, 2018. More than 7000 Buddhist Monks and Nuns from all districts in Taiwan and overseas with more than 10,000 devotees participated this grand occasion. The Sanghadana held under the blessings & leading by the Most Venerable Master Guoqing, Most Venerable Master Benwu, Most Venerable Master Hai Tao, Most Venerable Master Shih Ching Yao, Most Venerable Master Shih Ming Kuang (Chen Chih Ming) & Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Shih Jian Yin with high Buddhist Masters in Taiwan. The President of Chung Hwa International Merits Society of Buddha Puja and Sangha Dana, Mr. Chen Chia Uny was coordinated this mass merit event. The “2018 International Conference for the Buddha’s Ritz-Carlton” and Maha Sanghadana hosted by Chung Hwa International Merits Society of Buddha Puja and Sangha Dana & China International for the Buddha’s Worship Club in China & Taiwan. The Pure Land Temple Chief Master, Most Venerable Master Shih Tsu Cheng conducted the whole program as singing Ode to the Three Jewels, Practice Chanting Amitabha Buddha, Chanting Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra and Chanting Merit of Praising the Sangha Sutra. Master Shih Tsu Cheng’s chanting is very popular in Taiwan.

18th Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards (OWBA) Ceremony – Thailand

The 2019 – 18th Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards (OWBA) Ceremony, held at the International Nipunin Women’s Meditation Center in Wang Nam Keaw, Thailand on March 06 – 12, 2019. This year 17 women from around the world awarded and honored for their exceptional contributions to Buddhism. This Awards Ceremony organized under the leadership by Chairman of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards, Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Lee. The event Supported by President of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards (OWBA), President of the Chinese Character Education Promotion Association, Deputy President of the World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Ming Yu. The event hosted by head of International Nipunin Women’s Meditation Center in Wang Nam Keaw, Thailand, Madam Punyanuch Sae Heng.

Venerable Bhikkhuni Longmen (Kaishan) established the world’s first Buddhist Food Bank

The Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Longmen (Kaishan), The Chief Abbot – Golden Dragon Mountain, Falun Chan Temple, Huiguang Qianshou Guanyin Temple, South Putuo Yuantong Temple, Yuantong Puxian Culture and Education Foundation, Chairman – Kaohsiung Huazang Academy of Buddhist Studies, Founding Director – Huiguang Charity Foundation Club, Huiguang Materials Terminal & Guanyin Nursing Club, established the world’s first Buddhist Food Bank in Pingtung, Taiwan. The Social Affairs Department of Pingtung County Government, is helping to integrate the resources of the charity in the county, advocating the charity and socialization, and helping the urgently needed people in need of assistance to avoid overlapping resources and uneven distribution of resources. Therefore, began to organize the “Pingdong County Charity Association”. The implementation of the social welfare policy of the county government has contributed to the vision of “Happy Pingtung”.

The Taiwanese Group met Pope Francis

The Special Taiwanese Buddhist Delegation met with Pope Francis after his General Audience at St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, Rome, Italy on May 26, 2019. The delegation was included Most Venerable Master Shih Ching Yao, Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Shih Jian Yin, Venerable Dr. Guo Jun, Hong An, Da Hui, Kai Shan, Danni Liu and other 28 special delegates. The group visited to Rome to engage in religious dialogue and help promote peace across the world. This Taiwanese group met with His Holiness Pope Francis after his General Audience. They are a delegation made up mainly of the Buddhist Federation and Taiwan conference on Religion and Peace. During their meeting, Ven. Jing-Yao, Chairman of the Buddhist Association, presented this statue to the pope. It is the Guanyin Bodhisattva. It is highly venerated in Chinese Buddhism believing she intercedes and protects them from disasters. The Taiwan Conference on Religion and Peace also presented the pope these books to inform him what their organization has been doing these last two decades to overcome misunderstandings of different religions. The group came to Rome to engage in religious dialogue and help promote peace across the world.

Chung Hwa International Merits Society of Buddha Puja held Maha Sangha Dana in Thailand

Chung Hwa International Merits Society of Buddha Puja and Sangha Dana Society in Taiwan held special Maha Sangha Dana at Wang Nam Keaw, Thailand on March 06 – 12, 2019. That was the International Maha Sangha Dana represented by more than 500 Bhikkunies from different countries including Thailand. The special Taiwanese Buddhist delegation also participated for organizing support jointly Chung Hwa International Merits Society of Buddha Puja and Sangha Dana Society. Madam Wang Shue Yu, the CEO and General Secretary of Chung Hwa International Merits Society of Buddha Puja and Sangha Dana Society in Taiwan, Most Venerable Bhikkshuni Dr. Ming Yu, Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Lee, Madam Punyanuch Sae Heng also participated as the guests of this historic and auspicious event.

Chan Grove Meditation Program in Taipei, Taiwan

The Chan Grove & Retreats with Patriarch Meditation Program specially held at Chan Grove on August 22 – 24, 2019 at Chan Grove Buddhist Monastery in Taipei – Taiwan. The event organized by Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Ming Yu, the President of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards (OWBA), President of the Chinese Character Education Promotion Association, Deputy President of the World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB). Including Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Rathnavali and her special delegation from Thailand also participated this special Meditation program at Chan Grove Buddhist Monastery in Taipei – Taiwan.

Master Chi Sung Hung visit in Shaolin Temple – China

Nowadays, Master Chi Sung Hung is most popular Zen Meditation Master in the world. Also, he is the Earth Zen Person, International Meditation Teacher, Founder of Enlightening Earth Association, Buddha Cultural & Bodhisattva Association in Taiwan. Last July 01 – 07, 2019 Master Chi Sung Hung participated for many Zen Meditation teachings in various places including Shaolin Temple in China. Ms. Lynn Gong, the Teacher of Zen Meditation and President of Enlightening Earth Association, Buddha Cultural & Bodhisattva Association & devotes also participated this auspices event. Many benefits of Zen meditation are that it provides insight into how the mind works. The deepest purpose is spiritual, as the practice of Zen meditation uncovers the innate clarity and workability of the mind. In Zen, experiencing this original nature of mind is experiencing awakening.

Thailand Maha Upasika Ms. Lalitpat Janejob Buddhist Ceremony

The Maha Upasika from Thailand, Ms. Lalitpat Janejob, the Executive Member of the World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB), was lucky to offer Cheevara to Maha Sangha, as the Vishaka with “Mahaliya Paladana” the story of ancient historical era. The “Sambuddha Sasana Vibhushana Vishakabimani Vishwakeerthidharani” title also offered to her from Sri Lanka. Previously, she also got another honoree title from Myanmar. After the ceremony, she said, “Buddhism is the religion of peace and wisdom. Our goal is to eradication defilements completely. As sons and daughters of the Buddha, it is our duty to make the world a better place by making His words accessible to all humankind. Only when we work together, this mission can be successful. Maha Upasika Visakha is role model for all women. She always supported Buddhism throughout her life. We should follow her footsteps. It is with highest honor that I came to adorn myself with this ornament to replicate the fruit of merit Maha Upasika Visakha once received. I hope this can be an inspiration for all Buddhists to continue practice and support Buddhism.”

Special Thai Bhikkhunis Delegation visit in Taiwan

The Royal Thailand Bhikkhunis Special visit in Taiwan on August 22 – 27, 2019. The visit organized by President of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards (OWBA), President of the Chinese Character Education Promotion Association, Deputy President of the World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Ming Yu. The Royal Thailand Bhikkhunis visited Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Sheng Hua Putuoshan Temple, Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Yen Ding Temple, Chan Grove Meditation Centre in Taipei, Taiwan. This special visit was the golden opportunity for sharing between 02 countries Bhikkhunis experiences.

Buddhist Painting Artist Jan Hsiu Jung – Buddha Painting Exhibition

The World’s Famous Special Buddhist Painting Artist and Calligrapher, Madam Jan Hsiu Jung held special International Buddha Painting Exhibition at Taipei, Taiwan on June 14 – 17, 2019. China International Tourist Association Chairman Zhan Xiulong, Sheng Songchang Deputy General Manager Jiang Songzhen, 101 Building Top Fresh Restaurant Chairman Li Ridong, Taipei City Convention and Exhibition Center Deputy Chief Executive Chen Wenzhao, and Yan Group Deputy General Manager Wei Yuguo, Japan Chiba Prefecture Hotel Industry Representative Yamamoto Martyrs, Chengxing Exhibition Company (undertaking unit) Xie Zhiming General Manager also participated this grand event. While promoting the art of Chinese calligraphy, she hopes someday she can establish the “Jan Hsiu-jung Arts Museum”, a museum dedicated to the Buddhist teaching of compassion and attaining enlightenment through Buddhist scripture calligraphy. A tireless advocate of Chinese culture, Madam Jan hopes that her contributions will foster peace and harmony in the society and at the same time, help others to discover personal happiness and freedom.