Applied Buddhism in the Modern World and Chinese Chan and Western Zen: Buddhist Solutions to Global Problems in the 21st Century.
Monday Oct 12, 2015
DRBU Conference room
Join us on Monday night for a special lecture from Venerable Ming Hai from China and Reverend Heng Sure.
How is the ancient tradition of Zen meditation, now a world-wide phenomenon, adapting to the challenges of the 21st century in China and in North America? Come hear Venerable Ming Hai, from China and Rev. Heng Sure from America, both third-generation disciples of the late Master Xuyun (Empty Cloud), a renowned Chan Master, join in intra-Buddhist, intercultural conversation.
Buddhism is experiencing a renaissance in mainland China, yet unprecedented wealth and access to Western technology focuses China’s modern generation on acquiring material things. Venerable Ming Hai, a Chinese monk from Bailin Monastery in Hebei, will talk about teaching meditation in China during a time when iPhones and the internet are popular imports from the West. Rev. Heng Sure, an American monk from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, will comment on Chan Buddhism’s encounter in North America with the culture of rugged individualism, handgun violence and instant gratification of desires.
The two monks will discuss Chan Buddhism’s response to global challenges: whether wisdom and compassion can inspire humanity towards harmony, mutual trust and sustainable stewardship of the planet.
Ven. Ming Hai's bio:
Bailin Chan Monastery, Zhao Xian, Hebei, China
Academic Achievements: Bachelor Degree in Philosophy at Peking University, China in 1991
Professional Honors: Dharma Lineage of the 45th generation of Linji Sect in 2002
Religious Activities: Ven. Ming Hai ordained as a Buddhist Bhikshu (monk) at White Horse Monastery, Luoyang, Henan,
Personal Data: Born in 1968 in Hubei, China
Speak Chinese and English