Zen and Dharma Workshop:
An Analytical Study of Our Mind Process
Conducted by Venerable Yung Ku
Date: Thursdays, October 23 to December 18, 2008
(8 Sessions)
Time: 6PM to 8:30PM

Place: 25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000,
between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan

Fee: $50 (Non-Member) | Free (Member/Student)
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Light refreshments served.

Please make checks payable to: QCAF-AAARI

With a history of over 2,550 years, the religion and philosophy of Buddhism is the most profound education by the Buddha. This eight-session course will delve into the teachings of the Yogacara School of Buddhism, also known as the “consciousness-only school”, a fourth century outgrowth of Mahayana Buddhism.  In Yogacara theory, all phenomenal existence is fabricated by consciousness; all objects, internal and external, are mental constructs which only exist as part of our awareness and their nature is imaginary. Our conscious-experience is nothing but false discriminations or imaginations.

Through the study of Yogacara theories, we will have an insight of our mind process and able to see through the motives of our actions and intentions.  We can gradually turn our consciousness, which is the distinction making activity of the mind, into wisdom, a state of total awareness and understanding of the true nature of all things.  Through lecture and interactive discussion, topics such as “The Eight Consciousness”, “The One Hundred Dharmas”, and “the Power of Karma” will be extensively explored.

Note: Lecture and discussions will be given in Mandarin Chinese, and simultaneously translated into English through audio assistance.

Speaker Biography

Venerable Yung Ku was born in Taiwan in 1962, renounced in Fo Guang Shan Monastery at age twenty-two and fully ordained in the same year. As a third generation disciple of Venerable Hsing Yun, she perpetuates the mission of promoting Humanistic Buddhism.

Venerable Yung Ku served in many positions of  Fo Guang Shan Monastery including the Director of the Religious Affairs Committee, the Head of Student Affairs of the Female Buddhist University and the Assistant Secretary of Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA), North America, which is a lay service organization having more than one million lay Buddhist members all over the world.  She was also appointed as the Head Abbess of  International Buddhist Progress Society (IBPS), of Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto in Canada.  Since 2006, she has become the Abbess of IBPS, New York and Deer Park in upstate New York.

Venerable Yung Ku is not only a person of utmost sincerity and forbearance but also a person of loving-kindness and compassion.

Fo Guang Shan Monastery was founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun in 1967. Since then it has evolved from a mountaintop bamboo forest to the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. Master Hsing Yun has inspired the selfless devotion of over 1,500 monastics as well as the ardent support of many lay devotees to assist him in bringing confidence, joy, hopes, and providing service to countless others. Presently Fo Guang Shan has over 200 branch temples throughout the world carrying out the goals of propagating Humanistic Buddhism and establishing a Pure Land on earth.

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Ven. Miao Yu
Richard Pun

Technical Assistance
Antony Wong


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