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“Buddhism in Daily Life” – Lecture by Ven. Youheng at USC
April 6, 2016

On April 6, 2016, Ven. Youheng from Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple was invited by Dr. Bettine Birge, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Southern California, to give a lecture on “Buddhism in Daily Life” to her 80 students in the “Chinese Civilization” class. Starting with stories from the Life of Sakyamuni Buddha, Ven. Youheng explained the importance of Humanistic Buddhism, which is applying Buddhism in this human world. She also gave everyday examples related to practicing the Six Perfections (paramitas) and the Three Acts of Goodness as promoted by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of Fo Guang Shan. At the beginning of the lecture, the venerable guided the students through a simple meditation session, allowing students to calm themselves after rushing into the classroom. At the end of the lecture, a Question and Answer session was conducted to allow students to have a deeper understanding of Buddhism. Students asked questions related to Buddhist meals and the way Buddhists sleep, as well as how to differentiate between a Daoist temple and a Buddhist temple when visiting China. These students are either Christians or have no religious beliefs. But some students were interested in meditation after the lecture, and wish to attend Buddhism or meditation classes at Hsi Lai Temple in the future. In order to let students experience Chinese Buddhism, Dr. Birge plans to bring students to visit the temple on April 15.