1979 南懷瑾老師成立大乘學舍，首愚法師擔任監院， 並設置「十方禪林籌建處」。 1980 「十方叢林書院」成立，由洗塵上人擔任院長， 南師以導師名義權理內外，實際主持院務， 首愚法師擔任總務主任，並兼訓導副主任。 1984 十方禪林護法會成立。 1985 十方禪林文教基金會成立。
Ten Directions Buddhist Community
With the establishment of the modern Ten Directions Buddhist Community as the anticipatory plan and the final common goal, the Great Vehicle Learning Center was first established in 1979, which was followed by the establishment of the Ten Directions Buddhist Academy at Fuqing Building, the present site of the Taipei Branch, in June in the following year. After more than four years of searching for the ideal location, the current site was finally selected on a lakeside terrain in rural Emei Township, Hsinchu County in 1985. The establishment of the site was not without hardships; it was only on May 8, 1988 when a traditional Tang-style triangles courtyard compound was established as the founding mountain lodge, enabling various dharma services, practition retreats, summer and winter camps for college, secondary and elementary school students, as well as other religious, cultural and educational activities of larger scales.
The Emei vihāra of the Ten Directions Buddhist Community is established with the ideal of reproducing Tang and Song antiquity to create a modern Buddhist community: its halls are minimally and plainly styled, its premises surrounded by trees, its painting-like garden landscaping well-spaced, giving a natural, immaculate Zen feel of contemplative illumination as if a waterfall and stream flows amidst a mountain forest, where one enters the realm of Voidness upon encountering the sound of the flowing water and the sight of the serene mountain, which are all manifestations of the Buddha.
During his military service, Ven. Shouyu (“Foremost Foolish;” dharma title Congzhi, “Following the Wisdom”), the Founding Abbot of the Ten Directions Buddhist Community, had a sudden realization upon reading The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch that all daily activities – walking, standing, sitting, laying – are entrances to the Great Way of Enlightenment, which gradually helped formulating his will in reinvigorating the tradition and lineage of Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhism. Later on, with the cultivation and training under the much-revered Master Nan Huai-Chin, Ven. Shouyu is dedicated to the advocating of the long-lost Tang esoteric practice of Cundī Dhāraṇī, which is a fusion of Mahāyāna, Hīnayāna and Vajrayāna traditions. With the hope of engaging in worldly affairs with the spirit of other-worldly liberation as well as holding the ideal of “Walking the Dharma Path, Building a Majestic World,” Ven. Shouyu establishes the Ten Directions Buddhist Community as the vihāra of the all-compassionate Thousand-armed Avalokiteśvara for the benefit and protection of all beings, whilst reestablishing the Ten Directions Buddhist Academy to continue carrying out Master Nan’s will in spreading the teachings of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and other philosophies in order to mend the discontinuity in Chinese culture. Under the core principle of Insight, Practice and Welfare as the educational guideline, it is Ven. Shouyu’s volition to educate the public, promote the traditional culture, and provide philanthropy, with the final goal of benefitting the society, people, and all sentient beings.
|Address||Taipei Branch: 12F, No. 271, Sec. 2, Xinyi Road, Taipei City, Taiwan
Emei Vihāra: No. 6-3, 14th Liao, 8th Neighborhood, Huguang Village, Emei Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
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