The first spring term of the English Buddhism Class at Hsi Lai Temple began on March 6. Professor Darui Long was invited to give a lecture on Dunhuang Manuscripts to nearly 60 students during the first lesson of the Core Teachings class. From May to September of this year, an exhibition “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road” will be displayed at Getty Center in Los Angeles. Hsi Lai Temple was invited to participate in the exhibition, and thus the temple will organize a series of activities related to Dunhuang. This time, Prof. Long was invited to lecture and share his research on the Diamond Sutra discovered at Mogao Caves in Dunhuang. He also showed many pictures of the excavation site and unearthed manuscripts. The students enthusiastically raised questions regarding the contents of the Diamond Sutra, and Prof. Long patiently answered each question. Some students inquired about the next lecture by Dr. Long, hoping that he could come to Hsi Lai Temple more often to lecture on the history and art of Dunhuang.
The spring term of the English Buddhism Class last for eight weeks. Starting from the second lesson, Ven. Zhishuan will lecture for the Core Teachings class. In addition, the Intermediate Meditation Class taught by Ven. Youheng has nearly 40 students, and over 30 students attended Ven. Zhixing's Beginner Meditation Class.