PUBLIC LECTURE BY: Ven. Guo Dong
– 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.
|DATE：||Saturday, June 4th, 2017|
|TIME：||1:00PM ~ 4:00PM Doors Open at 12:30PM|
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.