“Meeting of Minds”

June 4, 2017 @ 12:00 PM – 04:30 PM
1234 N. River Road
Mount Prospect
IL 60056
Belinda Li
“Meeting of Minds” @ DDMBA-Chicago
Join us for a “date” with of the DDMBA Abbot President & Three Venerables: bring all your questions on Buddhism, Buddha Dharma, Chan (Zen), Daily Living, etc.

“Meeting of Minds” Member Gathering

A “Date” with Abbot President & Three Venerables

Don’t miss this chance to spend time with and get advice from Dharma Drum’s Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong, and three other Venerables (Ven. Chang Duo, Ven. Chang Zhen, Ven. Chang Hwa)!

In addition…

For those who wish to officially become a Buddhist, the Abbot President will be conducting refuge-taking ceremony that morning:
11:30 AM ~ 12:00 PM:
“Three Refuges & Five Precepts Ceremony”

Refuge-Taking Details & Application


Please click the button above to view detail on how to apply. Be sure to mail back completed application form by May 28, and arrive by 11am on June 4 to prepare.

DATE: Sunday, June 4th, 2017
TIME: 12:00 PM ~ 01:15 PM: Vegetarian Lunch & Social
01:15 PM ~ 03:15 PM:
“Meeting of Minds” Member Gathering (Bilingual)

  • Abbot President’s caring speech
  • “Dharma Q&A” with the Abbot President and three Venerables – bring all your questions on Buddhism, Buddha Dharma, Chan (Zen), Daily Living, etc.
  • Group singing, “New Home” brief report, etc.

03:15 PM ~ 04:30PM: Casual Tea & Snacks Social with Abbot President & three Venerables, as well as celebrations with a newly-wed DDM member couple

1234 N. River Rd, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
CONTACT: Belinda Li  |   773.428.3680  |   Email

About the Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong:
Ven. Guo Dong was born in Keelung, Taiwan, in 1955, and was ordained in 1993 under Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM). He has served as Master Sheng Yen’s attendant, Monastic Advisor for the End-of-Life Caring Group and Association of Dharma Supporters, Director of the Social Care Department, Managing Director of the Bhikshu Sangha, and was recognized as one of the Master’s Dharma heirs in 2005. In 2006, DDM’s Sangha Council elected him Abbot President, and subsequently in 2007 he was appointed the President of Dharma Drum Sangha University. He was reelected as Abbot President in 2009, 2012, and 2015 respectively. Open-minded and with a pleasant temperament, Ven. Guo Dong often uses insightful adages with witty language to encourage people to transfer their disturbing emotions into a mind of purity by changing the way of thinking. He has shared with people in many occasions the essence of the Master’s teaching, that protecting our spiritual environment lies in perceiving things positively and reversing our thinking. The Venerable also reminds people to regard all people, things, and situations as a supporting condition for our cultivation of merit and wisdom. We should be aware of our own afflictive emotions, and channel and release them by using the proper concepts and methods. When dealing with other people’s afflictions, we should tolerate them with compassionate empathy while wishing them well with wholesome thoughts.

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