Chung Tai Chan Monastery Dharma Masters at
the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions
in Melbourne, Australia
(listed by program schedule)
Founded by Venerable Master Wei Chueh of the Chinese Zen lineage, Chung Tai Chan Monastery in central Taiwan aims to bring forth the compassion and enlightened wisdom inherent in all of us, by providing Dharma teachings, meditation classes, retreats, and related services in its 100+ meditation centers around the world.
Chung Tai Chan Monastery is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2009 PWR in support of this extraordinary gathering of people from many different faiths, under the theme of: "Make a World of Difference: Hearing each other, Healing the earth".
Chung Tai Dharma Masters will make several presentations at the 2009 PWR as described below. Chung Tai will also present two Exhibition Stands to introduce Chan (Chinese Zen) Buddhism and meditation, as well as the Chung Tai world, to the several thousands of Parliament participants.
Interreligious Session Friday, December 4, 2009 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Cultivations of Solidarity: A Textual Analysis
John Sheveland, Venerable JianYing, Rev. Dr. Robert Cathey, Prabha Duneja
This paper envisions the connection between peace and justice as foundational to solidarity and the building of community. It analyses three sacred texts -- the Bhagavad Gita, Dhammapada, and Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians -- and argues that these texts can 'renew minds' (Romans 12:5) by transforming narrow apprehensions of personal and group identity into unitive expressions of moral solidarity focused indiscriminately on the human community as a whole. At the completion of the paper, there will be a comment from a Buddhist, Christian and Hindu on the paper.
Morning Observances Saturday, December 5, 2009 8:00 - 9:00 am
Invoking Inner Tranquility: Buddhist Chanting and Meditation
Venerable JianWei, Ven. JianHu, Ven. JianTan, Ven. JianZong, Ven. JianYing
The graceful and subtle melody in Buddhist chanting resonates with our pure mind and permeates space with harmony and compassion. Using hand-bell, gong, and the wooden instrument muyu, Dharma Masters from Chung Tai Chan Monastery of Taiwan will lead the assembly with a Chan style Buddhist morning service. It begins with chanting, followed by guided Chan (Chinese Zen) meditation, and concludes with a dedication and blessing: May all sentient beings attain wisdom and be liberated from suffering.
Intrareligious Session Sunday, December 6, 2009 9:30 - 11:00 am
What Religious Insights Can Bring to Secular Education
Venerable JianTan, Bernard Korbman, Annette Subhani, Dr. Philip Riley, Sri Paramahamsa Prajnanananda
Religion has always inspired and influenced human thought in significant ways. We believe that some ideas and practices from religion can be used to help us understand current deficiencies in secular education, and make us rethink what is truly important in school education: teaching us how to be a human being. In this program, speakers from Chung Tai Chan Monastery, the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne, the grassroots character development program Sharing Circles, and Santa Clara University discuss "What Religions Insights Can Bring to Secular Education."
Intrareligious Session Tuesday, December 8, 2009 9:30 - 11:00 am
Pure Mind, Pure Land: A New Lifestyle for World Harmony
The Vimalakirti sutra says, 'When the mind is pure, the land is pure'. This 'pure land' means a safe, healthy environment, in which all beings live in harmony and contentment. Applying core Buddhist principles, we suggest a road map to realize such a pure land, locally and globally. This talk first examines how the suffering of human beings and damage to our planet can both be traced to the three main 'pollutants' of the mind -- greed, anger and ignorance. To reverse the trend and maintain a sustainable earth, we need to go further than eco-concerns. We need to re-evaluate what our ideal lifestyle should be. The interdependence of all life forms dictates that we understand long-range positive and negative consequences of our current actions (the karma we create) and set our objectives inclusive of others, not just for ourselves. Living with this embracing awareness and deep mindfulness, the right lifestyles will become self-evident. Using stories from past and present Buddhist masters and examples in family, education, and business, we illustrate how right understanding leads to pure mind, to pure karma (actions), and finally to pure world.
Interreligious Session Wednesday, December 9, 2009 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Monastic Interreligious Dialogue: Dialogue at the Level of Spiritual Practice and Experience
William Skudlarek, Rev Heng Sure, Venerable JianZong
The Benedictine Confederation established Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID) in 1978 in direct response to a request of the Vatican that Catholic monks and nuns dedicate themselves to an ongoing dialogue with the great religions of the East. In this program, an American Catholic monk and Secretary General of MID, the Ven. Jian Zong, Abbot of the Houston branch of Chung Tai Chan Monastery, and two additional Buddhist monks who have participated in MID-sponsored activities, will describe monastic experience and practice. They will show how the similarity of monastic renunciation, vows, daily lifestyles and spiritual practices means that monks have a unique relationship to institutional structures. Monastics share much across religious boundaries that they might not share with other members of their own faith tradition. Monastic interreligious dialogue will be presented as a special form of interreligious dialogue that emphasizes listening and hospitality and focuses on spiritual practice and experience.
Biographies of Chung Tai Chan Monastery Presenters
Venerable JianWei is the Vice Abbot of Chung Tai Chan Monastery and the Dean of the Chung Tai Buddhist Institute (both founded by the Grand Master Wei Chueh, a Zen Buddhism spiritual leader in Taiwan.) A Ph.D. in Material Science from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, he has taught Buddhism extensively to the monastic in Chung Tai and lay people at meditation centers and college campuses across Taiwan for over ten years
Venerable JianHu is the Abbot of the Silicon Valley and Seattle branches of Chung Tai Chan Monastery (founded by the Grand Master Wei Chueh, a spiritual leader instrumental in revitalizing Chan [Zen] Buddhism in Taiwan). A doctorate in Computer Science from U.C. San Diego, Ven. Jian Hu is a former Dean of the Chung Tai Buddhist Institute. He has taught Buddhism extensively across the U.S. and abroad for over 10 years.
Venerable JianTan is the Vice Abbot of Chung Tai Chan Monastery (founded by the Grand Master Wei Chueh, a Zen Buddhism spiritual leader in Taiwan.) He earned a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University and a master’s degree in English Education in the U.S. in 2009. He served as the Vice Abbot of Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale and gave teachings in San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Venerable JianZong is the Abbot of the Houston branch of Chung Tai Chan Monastery (founded by the Grand Master Wei Chueh, a spiritual leader instrumental in revitalizing Chan [Zen] Buddhism in Taiwan). Since joining the monastic in 1998 and prior to his current position, he had served as Vice Abbot of Chung Tai Chan Monastery, Abbot of branch monastery in Taiwan, and administrator and instructor at the Chung Tai Buddhist Institute.
Venerable JianYing, an ordained monk for over a decade, obtained a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University in 1996. Under the guidance of the Grand Master Wei Chueh, founder of Chung Tai Chan Monastery, Ven. Jian Ying has been practicing and teaching the Buddha Dharma in Taiwan and the U.S. Currently an ABD, he is completing his doctoral dissertation at the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University.