Dharma Drum Mountain Melbourne Chapter

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Dharma Drum Mountain Melbourne Chapter

Dharma Drum Mountain Melbourne Chapter

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Tradition/Linage Chinese, Zen
Main School Mahayana
People
President(s) Laura Chan
Contact Infotmation
Address 36 McDowall Street
Mitcham
Victoria 3132
Australia
Country Australia
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Mobile 0470 690 911
Website http://www.ddmmelbourne.org.au/
Email contact@ddmmelbourne.org.au



Dharma Drum Mountain Melbourne Chapter

Dharma Drum Mountain is a Melbourne community learning and living the Buddha's Teachings through the tradition of Chan Buddhism, as established by the late Chan Master Venerable Sheng Yen. Situated in Mitcham, a mere 30 minutes' drive from Melbourne CBD, DDM Melbourne welcomes everyone regardless of faith and ethnic backgrounds. Activities include meditation sessions, dharma talks and workshops on Buddhist philosophy and retreats. DDM Melbourne promotes interfaith, multicultural and community harmony. The group actively supports and engages in Buddhist, Interfaith and Community events and initiatives.

Master Sheng Yen

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Master Sheng Yen

Calling himself "an itinerant monk pressing ahead through the wind and snow," and named as one of the fifty most influential people in Taiwan during the past four hundred years, The late Venerable Master Sheng Yen had a life full of miseries, deprivations, tests, and turning points.

The Late Master had a weak physique and been prone to illness since childhood. After becoming a monk in the Wolf Hills in China, he went through years of having to perform deliverance rituals day and night for a living, then served in the military, and was finally re-ordained. Thereafter, whether on solitary retreat, studying in Japan, in America spreading the Dharma, or founding Dharma Drum Mountain, he had always been able to find a way forward when there seemed no way out. In his hardships his compassionate vows strengthen, and through his perseverance his wisdom shines. To him, life is a process of realizing the Buddha dharma.

To rise the status of Buddhism and the quality of monasticism in Taiwan, at the age of forty Master Sheng Yen resolutely went to study in Japan. After obtaining a doctorate, he began to propagate in both the United States and Taiwan, and, as a Dharma heir in both Linji and Caodong lineages, traveled around the world to teach Chan practice, ushering numerous people both Eastern and Western into the world of Chan. In order to spread the Dharma through language and concepts accessible to modern people, even with his tight schedule the Master still continues to write, and had published over one hundred books.

An erudite scholar, the late Master had established the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies and Dharma Drum University to cultivate first-class researchers. In recent years, he had also engaged in public dialogues with leading figures in the fields of technology, art, and culture, and had even collaborated with other denominations and religions. His expansive mind and international outlook have earned him recognition from people in various fields both at home and abroad. Under his guidance, Dharma Drum Mountain had established its bases in Taiwan and its roots in Chinese Buddhism while steadily progressing toward greater internationalization and diversification.

Dharma Drum Mountain

Ideas and Applications

The Common Ethos of Dharma Drum Mountain

Our vision: to uplift the character of humanity and build a pure land on earth. Our spirit: to give of ourselves for the benefit of all. Our direction: to return to the original intention of the Buddha and work for the purification of the world. Our approach: to promote comprehensive education and extend loving care to all.

The Three Types of Education

Education through Academics Education through Public Outreach Education through Caring Services

Four Kinds of Environmentalism

  1. Protecting the Spiritual Environment

Chan Meditation The Fivefold Spiritual Renaissance Campaign

  1. Protecting the Natural Environment

Recognizing blessings Cherishing blessings Nurturing blessings Sowing the seeds of blessings

  1. Protecting the Living Environment

Our wants are many Our needs are few Pursue only what you can and should acquire Never pursue what you can't and shouldn't acquire

  1. Protecting the Social Environment 

The Six Ethics of the Mind Buddhist-Style Joint Weddings Buddhist-Style Joint Birthday Celebration for the Elderly Buddhist-Style Joint Natural Funerals

The Fivefold Spiritual Renaissance Campaign

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Group Meditation

---A Proposition for Living in the Twenty-first Century

  1. Four Fields for Cultivating Peace:

---A Proposition for Uplifting the Character of Humanity

Cultivating a peaceful mind lies in reducing desires Cultivating a peaceful body lies in hard work and thrift Cultivating a peaceful family lies in love and respect Cultivating peaceful activity lies in being honest and upright

  1. Four Guidelines for Dealing with Desires:

---A Proposition for Living a Carefree Life

Our needs are few Our wants are many Pursue only what you can and should acquire Never pursue what you can’t and shouldn’t acquire

  1. Four Steps for Handling a Problem:

---A Proposition for Resolving the Difficulties of Life

Face it: face the difficulty squarely Accept it: accept the reality of the difficulty Deal with it: deal with the difficulty with wisdom and compassion Let it go: afterwards, let go of it

  1. Four Practices for Helping Oneself and Others:

---A Proposition for Getting Along with Others

Feeling grateful for the chance to develop Feeling thankful for the opportunity to hone your practice Reforming yourself through the Dharma Influencing others through virtuous action

  1. Four Ways to Cultivate Blessings:

---A Proposition for Increasing Blessings

Recognizing blessings is the greatest happiness Cherishing blessings is the best way of saving Nurture blessings, and you’ll always be blessed Sow the seeds of blessings that blessings may be shared by all


The Six Ethics of the Mind

Family Ethics Living Ethics School Ethics Environmental Ethics Workplace Ethics Ethics between Ethnic Groups


The Common Endeavor of Buddhists

Have faith in the Buddha, follow the Dharma, respect the Sangha; The Three Jewels are a bright lamp shining throughout eternity. Uplift the character of humanity And build a pure land on earth Being grateful, repaying kindness: this is first; Benefit others and you benefit yourself. Foremost is to exert your wholehearted effort Without measuring more or less. Kindness and compassion have no enemies, And wisdom engenders no vexations. The busy make the most of time; The diligent enjoy the best of health. In broadly sowing the fields of merit, Why fear any hardship or rebuke? Those who give selflessly are blessed; Those who do good deeds are happy. In every moment feel the joy of the Dharma, And abide in the bliss of meditation. Recite “Guanyin Bodhisattva” everywhere And chantAmitabha Buddha” without end.

How to Meditate

Zuo Chan (meditation) was practiced in China long before the appearance of Chan. The earlier masters practiced according to methods in the Hinayana sutras, which emphasized the techniques collectively known as samatha-vipasyana. Generally speaking, these were methods for achieving samadhi through three aspects: regulating one’s body, regulating one’s breathing, and regulating one’s mind.

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Dharma Drum Mountain Melbourne Chapter