DDMBA-Chicago will hold a formal Refuge-Taking Ceremony on Sunday, June 4th, at 11:30AM, conducted by the Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong.
For those who wish to take the “Three Refuges and Five Precepts”, please download the application form by clicking on the button on the right, complete it and mail it back to us at the following address before May 28th.
c/o Belinda Li (re: refuge-taking)
1234 N. River Rd., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Or email the completed application form to:
Please arrive at the Center before 11:00AM on June 4, to prepare for the ceremony.
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.