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Legacy and Outlook  “The universe may one day perish, yet my vows are eternal.” Master Sheng Yen’s vows have been carried forward by others, ensuring that the teaching of the Buddha will always remain in the world.
Year Events

2000

Attends and makes a keynote speech at the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held at the UN headquarters in New York, representing Chinese Buddhism.

Receives the Lifetime Contribution to Culture Award from Taiwan’s Executive Yuan.

2001

Invited to make a speech at the Symposium on Religion, World Peace, and Protecting the Spiritual Environment held in Taipei.

Invited to present the concluding address at the International Conference on Religious Cooperation held in Taipei.

Presides over the founding and school beginning ceremony for the Buddhist Seminary of Dharma Drum Sangha University at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.

Invited to attend and make a speech at the Consulting Committee of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held in New York.

Invited to lead a Chan retreat in Mexico.

2002

Receives the Top Rank Award from the Ministry of the Interior of Taiwan.

Attends the World Economic Forum in New York as a Buddhist leader.

Attends the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCRL) in Bangkok.

Receives the Sun Yat-sen Academic Award for his book, Tiantai Keys to the Mind: A Vernacular Translation of and Commentary on Ouyi’s Jiaoguan gangzong.

Donates and escorts the Akshobhya Buddha head statue, stolen in 1997, back to Four Gate Pagoda in Shandong province, China.

2003

Attends the 1st preparatory meeting for the World Youth Peace Summit held in Kyoto, Japan, at the invitation of WCRL.

Makes speech at the meeting for the World Council of Religious Leaders at the UN headquarters in NY on at the invitation of the UN secretary Kofi Annan.

Holds a dialogue with His Eminence Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-Hsi on Faith Values and Education in the Emerging Trend of Globalization.

Directs the Dharma Drum Foundation for Humanities and Social Science Research Grants to establish the Dharma Drum Lecture Series in Humanities in cooperation with Beijing University.

Wins the Bodhi Prize of the 2nd Presidential Cultural Award.

Travels to Israel and Palestine with representative religious and spiritual leaders from WCRL for religious peace movement.

2004

Attends and the Seminar on Preventing Terrorism held by WCRL in New York.

Attends the World Youth Peace Summit Asia-Pacific hosted by WCRL in Bangkok, Thailand.

Presides over the ground-breaking ceremony for Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Sciences College.

Hosts the World Youth Peace Summit Taipei Conference, which is held in three phases.

Attends the board of directors meeting held by WCRL in Jordan.

Directs the Dharma Drum Foundation for Humanities and Social Science Research Grants to establish the Dharma Drum Lecture Series in Humanities in cooperation with National Taiwan University and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

2005

Attends Leaders’ Meeting on Faith and Development organized by the World Bank in Dublin, Ireland.

Directs the Dharma Drum Foundation for Humanities and Social Science Research Grants to establish the Dharma Drum Lecture Series in Humanities in cooperation with National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and Nanjing University in China.

Delivers speeches at Beijing University, Tsinghua University, Nanjing University, and Sun Yat-sen University, on an academic tour to China.

Receives honorary doctorate degree from Mahachulalongkorn-rajavidyalaya Buddhist University, Thailand.

Holds the Dharma transmission ceremony in which the Transmission Record of the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan Buddhism is presented to 18 Eastern and Western disciples.

Inauguration ceremony for the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, which he founded, takes place.

Serves as a co-chair for the World Council of Religious Leaders, leading the discussion for various administration affairs.

2006

Presents a keynote speech at the first World Buddhist Forum held by the Chinese Buddhist Association, Hangzhou, China.

Hands over the position of Abbot President, at the Inaugural Ceremony of the 2nd Abbot President, to successor Ven. Guo Dong at the Grand Buddha Hall of the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.

Leads a delegation of 15 DDM youth leaders to attend the UN Global Youth Leadership Summit at the UN headquarters in New York.

Presents the opening and closing speeches for the Young Leaders Peace-building Retreat, a three-day preliminary meeting at Dharma Drum Retreat Center, held by the UN Global Youth Leadership Summit.

2007

Establishes Dharma Drum Buddhist College, the first mono-religious educational institute in Taiwan to be accredited by the Ministry of Education.

The Sheng Yen Professorship in Chinese Buddhism is formally signed and established at Columbia University, New York.

Initiates the Six Ethics of the Mind campaign.

Promotes activities for suicide prevention, establishing the “International Caring for Life Awards”.

Delivers a speech at the Asia-Africa Summit organized by Dharma Drum Mountain.

The Taipei County Jinshan Eco-friendly Memorial Garden, which DDM established at the DDM complex in collaboration with the Taipei County Government, finally starts operation after years of promoting eco-friendly burial sites.

Dharma Drum Mountain for the first time organizes a Great Compassion Liberation Rite of Water and Land that reflects the spirit of both Buddhism and environmentalism.

2008

Receives the Cultural Contribution Award, an honorary arts and literature medal, from the Chinese Writers’ and Artists’ Association.

Receives the “K. T. Li Award for Outstanding Design of Economical and Social Systems” from the Society for Design and Process Science.

Holds a dialogue with astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth person to walk on the moon.

Attends the Public Policy Forum—the Humanitarian Aspect: the Reproduction and Cloning of Human Life.

Holds a dialogue with Professor Brian Mishara, president of the International Association of Suicide Prevention, at the ICLA 2008 Forum for Suicide Prevention, discussing about strategies in suicide prevention and how Buddhism can help in the work for suicide prevention.

Holds a dialogue with Jane Goodall in Taipei, a leading international conservationist, entitled “The Rising Compassion: A Deep Dialogue with Lives on Earth”.

2009

Passes away on February 3rd.

Receives posthumous honors from the President of R.O.C.

 
 
 
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