You are cordially invited to join the 2023 Dharma Drum Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom Ceremony and Half-Day Retreat.
Retreat & Ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 5th, 2023
8:30 a.m. : 8-Form Chan Movement (we use a video to lead participants through the movements)
9:00 a.m. : Sitting Meditation : 1st Sitting
10:00 a.m. : Sitting Meditation : 2nd Sitting
11:00 a.m. : Dharma Drum Passing the Lamp Ceremony
You can also join via zoom by clicking on this link.
Our beloved teacher, Master Sheng Yen, passed away on the lunar calendar day of January 9, 2009. To remember him, and to continue spreading the teaching of Chinese Buddhism and DDM’s vision, the Sangha of Dharma Drum Mountain has designated the day of our teacher’s passing as “Dharma Drum Day of Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom”.
As Master Sheng Yen once said, to realize DDM’s vision of “uplifting the human character and building a pure land on earth” would be to memorize him. Not expecting any gratitude from his students, his sole wish was for everyone to become a lamp of wisdom.
“Passing on the lamp of wisdom” means to transmit the teachings, i.e. the teaching that Master Sheng Yen inherited from Shakyamuni Buddha and generations of Chan masters, and that he experienced and practiced in his life, which manifest as wisdom and compassion and that are embodied in DDM’s spirit and vision. The lamp symbolizes the continuation of the Dharma, the light of wisdom, and the light that cuts through the fog of vexations and illuminates the path of delivering sentient beings and realizing Buddha-nature. One lamp can light up another lamp, and another one, on and on, without end.
Activity Includes: watching the video recordings of “Dharma Drum Mountain Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom: The Three Vows of Master Sheng Yen”, “Dharma Drum Mountain Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom: Thus Have I Vowed”.
In the Dharma,
with joined palms
How to Join the Online DDMBA Passing The Lamp Ceremony on Zoom
**Please note. Zoom meetings have a “waiting room”. When you join you will be placed in the waiting room until one of our hosts admits you to the ceremony. We will be looking for people to join at the transition points noted above. Please be patient, we will let you in as soon as possible after you join.
*For the better view options and security, install the Zoom app on your computer or device. You may also join the Zoom meeting via web browser or phone.
You can join via zoom by clicking on this link.