The Path to Joyful Living

Ven. Guo Dong, Abbot of DDM, will expound on how we can achieve true joyfulness — the happiness that arises when we are neither creating nor bound by vexations. This happiness is achieved through a step-by-step process of learning and practicing, and everyone can learn it.


– Abbot President, Dharma Drum Mountain

The Abbot President will expound on how we can achieve true joyfulness, that is, the happiness that arises when we are neither creating nor bound by vexations. This happiness is achieved through a step-by-step process of learning and practicing, and thus he has titled this talk: “The Path to Joyful Living.”

During the same event, there will also be performances by the DDMBA-Chicago’s Drumming Team as well as a piano performance by youth pianist, Sophianne Loh.

Join us in listening to experienced teacher and Chan practitioner, Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu), explain to us on how to live with freedom and ease, by applying Chan practice in your everyday life. He will teach us how to apply Chan practice not only when we sit on a meditation cushion, but also when we walk, when we eat, when we work, when we talk…. At every moment, we can use the wisdom of Chan to face every challenge, deal with it, and then let go of it fully. Our life can be full of joy and ease, if we can learn to be the master of our mind.

DATE: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
TIME: 1:00PM ~ 4:00PM  Doors Open at 12:30PM
LOCATION: Skokie Theater
7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
FEE: Free. Donations Welcome.
RSVP: RSVP is for headcount only. Limited, first-come-first-served seating available. Please arrive early.
CONTACT: Belinda Li  |   773.428.3680  |   Email


PLEASE NOTE: this lecture will not be held at DDMBA-Chicago, but at the Skokie Theater in Skokie.

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.



June-3-2017, 1:00-4:00PM, Skokie Theater

Thank you for your interest, the online registration has been closed. Please note that registration is not required for this event, walk-ins are welcome within venue capacity. Hope to see you there.