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This year’s special issue looks at how Chinese Buddhism, one of the oldest and most influential Asian expressions of Universal Dharma, took hold in countries like Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. United. Featuring contributions from Western-born Chinese Buddhists, Chinese-born residents in Western countries, and venerable nuns, our issue foregrounds an East-West dialogue through the eyes of Chinese Buddhists.

First, we visit Tung Lin Kok Yuen (TLKY) Canada Society in Vancouver, whose abbot, Ven. Tian Wen, gave an interview for this special issue. How can Chinese Buddhism (and by extension Chinese culture) be introduced to local Canadians through health care, meditation and art? Our columnist and founding editor of Pure Land, Alan Kwan, is also a resident of Vancouver. In his article, he examines the potential for spreading Pure Land Buddhism to the West so that this Pure Land school can gain momentum beyond East Asia, where it has not been. reinvigorated only recently.

Southeast of Vancouver is another Buddhist center: a beautiful nunnery called Po Lam, which has been part of Chilliwack since 1995. Ven. Yin Kit explains how her nuns adapted to the needs and cultural inclinations of her local people, eventually becoming a beloved centerpiece of the community. Finally, for our North American theme, our friends at the Chan Meditation Center in Flushing, New York, paid tribute to the international influence of Master Sheng Yen (1935-2009), founder of one of the largest Buddhist groups in Taiwan, Dharma Drum Mountain.

We then turn our attention to the other side of the Atlantic. Alongside Pure Land Buddhism, Chan is the second most influential branch of Chinese Buddhism. Eric Johns is a lifelong Chan practitioner who has traveled extensively in China and Hong Kong throughout his life. In this article he discusses how he teaches Chan to students in the UK and how UK students learn Chan best in a context away from his home environment.

Australia is a relatively new country to be exposed to Dharma. One of the greatest challenges for any practitioner in a Western country, including those born in the West who have adopted the relatively exotic expression of Chinese Buddhism, is the lack of a community, a sangha, with which to practice. Malcolm Hunt, a former Pure Land Buddhist monk born in Australia, recounts the many difficulties he encountered trying to build a community of practice down under, and how he found ways to work with them.

Like Australia, Africa is a continent that has only recently been exposed to Buddhism. Brother born in Malawi. Ben Xing, who became a Buddhist in 1999, explains how Chinese Buddhism can be spread to African countries and how Chinese Buddhist organizations like Master Hui Li’s Amitofo Care Center (ACC) have made a remarkable spiritual, educational and humanitarianism on the continent.

We hope you enjoy the articles in this year’s special issue. Happy New Year from the editorial team!

Discover our special issue:


TLKY Canada Company.  At sunny1948.blogspot.hk

Tung Lin Kok Yuen Society Canada: A Warm and Venerable Buddhist Presence in the Heart of Vancouver

By Raymond Lam

Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada is a Chinese Buddhist temple in the heart of Vancouver. In an interview with Buddhistdoor Global, Fr. Ven. Tian Wen explains how Chinese culture, palliative care and art can come together to make TLKY Canada a thriving community center.

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Image reproduced with the kind permission of the author

The Potential for Spreading Pure Land Buddhism in the West

By Alan Kwan

Pure Land Buddhism teaches devotion and trust in the Fundamental or Primal Vow of Amitabha Buddha, the Buddha of Infinite Light and creator of the Pure Land of the West. In this article, Alan outlines how the pristine tradition of the Pure Land could be expressed to Western audiences and how it functions as a unique school within the Pure Land.

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Foundation of a Dharma landmark in Canada

By Ven. Yin kit

In February 1995, a convent called Po Lam was founded in the city of Chilliwack in British Columbia. Fri. Po Lam’s Yin Kit reflects on the early days of the nunnery’s establishment, how it adapted to the surrounding culture, and why today’s residents consider it an important and valued part of their community .

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Master Sheng Yen speaks at the United Nations in 2000. Image courtesy of Chan Meditation Center

Continuing the Legacy of Master Chan Sheng Yen

By Chan Meditation Center

The late Master Sheng Yen of Dharma Drum Mountain was one of the most influential Chinese Buddhist figures in the West. This tribute reflects how he came to share Buddhism in the United States and how his interest in global issues helped make Dharma Drum respected and famous not just in Asia, but around the world.

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Eric Johns inside the precious wood meditation cabin.  Image reproduced with the kind permission of the author

Teaching Chan in the UK

By Eric Johns

Boyfriend. Eric has spent his life studying Chan Buddhism in China and Hong Kong. He tells how he was inspired by the teachings of Master Empty Cloud, before becoming a monk with Master Sheng Yi. A lay Buddhist teacher today, he also highlights how he guides his own students in Britain using techniques such as Huatao method. It’s his story.

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The Kuanyin statue at the Nan Hai Pu Tuo Buddhist Temple and Retreat in South Australia.  From tectvs.com

Buddhism of forks or chopsticks

By Malcolm Hunt

Although he has bid farewell to his monastic life, Bro. Malcolm, formerly Ven. Zhi Sheng did not leave behind the values ​​and beliefs that shaped his understanding of the Buddhist path. He hopes to introduce Pure Land Buddhism into Australian society, and in this article he reflects on his progress and obstacles.

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Ben Xing, right, with a fellow practitioner.  Image reproduced with the kind permission of the author

Cultivating the Roots of Chinese Buddhism in Africa

By Ben Xing

The African continent is new to the Chinese expression of Buddhism, but it is already spreading to countries like Malawi, where Bro. Ben Xing was born. He reflects on how Chinese Buddhist organizations operate in African countries and on his own journey to humanist Buddhism.

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