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法界佛教大學新風貌介紹
Introducing a New Dharma Realm Buddhist University

代理校長阿匹納博士的一段話
A Message from Acting-President Dr. Akpinar

許多《金剛菩提海雜誌》的讀者,一定注意到:法界佛教大學在過去這些年中,有不少的改變。不論在科系、董事會,還是僧伽方面,都有發展大學的計劃,而其中有些是實際的,另一些則是難以達成的。

創辦一所大學而讓它實際地運作,是一件十分複雜的工作,這其間包括了所有與事者的專心致力,也包括了那些樂予經濟支援的人士:如果沒有這些,任何的機構都會難以順利起步。做為一位新任的法界佛教大學代理校長,我承繼了過去努力、成功和失敗、錯誤及誤解的雙重包袱,但我將會竭盡所能去做好它。

在五月二十四日,上人在柏林根國際譯經學院主持了一個會議,並且選出新的董事。自此之後,我就很用心致力地去設計法界大學的各科系,並準備一份秋季班的章程,與未來更複雜的計劃。新董事會在六月二十八日召開了初次會議。許多會員未能參加,出席者便代表決定,由我和董事會共同來負責,以便通知他們來支持會議,通過一些特殊事項。這樣,我可加速工作有規則地進行,並漸次地發展大學的計劃。不過,董事會卻並非唯一能幫助決定事宜的機構。許多過去留下的錯誤,皆導因於誤解與誤傳,為避免類似的困擾,我們所有的決定,都會明確地標示出來。我會努力去和月刊的讀者們定期地保持最新狀況的良好聯繫。所有來自上人弟子的建議,都會受到歡迎。

上人經常明示,教育於他而言,是十分重要的。那也正是我所以確認,我們必須同心協力來辦好一所佛教大學的原因。沒有僧伽與居士們相互的支持,就無法成就。而這一種支持,各依興趣與背景的不同,也是多元化的。唯有大家團結一致,整個社區和大學,才能解決許多複雜的問題,而開創出一個嶄新的起始。

同時,我們對所提供的課程也不應該中止了那些日常的準備支援工作。在一九九二年秋季班,針對這個社區,法界大學將提供一系列的新課程。在中國語文方面,我們也有一些新的、積極的活動,感謝一位新的教師-楊教授,來加入我們的陣容。楊教授過去數年來,一直教導說英語的人中國語文,並且發展出一套徹底實驗的良好系統。他保證:上他第一年課的學生,如果學完了這一整年的課程,就可以說中國話了。

第二語文的英語課程 ESL,也同樣地有明顯地進展。到目前為止,我們擁有八位來自台灣的新學生,參加了暑期班,希望秋季班還會有更多的人。目前大學正致力於把佛學研究與修持的主旨,推介到舊金山灣區各個大學之宗教團體及佛教團體裡去。

這一年,我們的目標是讓所有這些課程能充分地發展,以免增加法界佛教總會的額外負擔,他們在這許多年來,已經很有耐心,又很寬容地提供我們資金了!

假如每一個課程,能吸引至少五個學生的話,我們的目標也就達到了。無論如何,我們的科系及教學組都希望可以獲得一些收人--如果我們的態度能繼續如此誠懇的話。大學也計劃,在初秋時,舉行一個佛學與科學的座談會,這將會導引出許多深刻而尖銳的問題。如此,我們現代的世界,也將會因這種誠篤而道德的現代科學,而獲提昇。


阿匹納博士
Dr. Akpinar

Many of the readers of Vajra Bodhi Sea must be aware that Dharma Realm Buddhist University has gone through changes in the past year. The faculty, the Board of Trustees, and the Sangha all have had plans for developing a university, some of them realistic, others beyond our reach.

Starting a university and making it work is a very complex task which involves a concentrated effort of all those involved as well as those willing to offer some financial support, without which any institution has a very hard time getting on its feet.

As the new acting president of Dharma Realm Buddhist University, I have inherited both the efforts, successes, defeats, mistakes and misunderstandings of the past, and with that baggage I will try to do my best.

On May 24th a meeting presided by the Venerable Master was held in Burlingame and a new Board of Trustees was elected. Since then the faculty of Dharma Realm Buddhist University and I have been working hard trying to prepare a bulletin for the Fall of 1992, as well as more complex plans for the future. The first meeting of the new Board was scheduled for June 28th. Many of the members were unable to attend. Those present decided that I would correspond with the Board Members in order to keep them informed and get to their votes on specific subjects. This should expedite the process of building steadily and gradually building the programs of the University. Trustees are not, however, the only ones who can help with decision making. Many of the mistakes committed in the past could be attributed to misunderstandings and misinformation. In order to avoid similar trouble, all our decisions need to be clearly stated. I will try to keep the readers of Vajra Bodhi Sea well-informed with a periodical up-date. Suggestions are welcome from all the disciples of the Venerable Master.

The Venerable Master has often stated that education is very important to him and that is why I believe that we all need to work together in building a good Buddhist University. This cannot be achieved without the mutual support of the Sangha and the lay disciples, a support which can be given in many different ways according to the interests and backgrounds of the individuals. Only by working in harmony will the University and the community be able to solve many of the complex issues and head for a fresh start.

In the meantime we should not stop working on the daily business of preparing and supporting those classes that we are able to offer. In the Fall of 1992 Dharma Realm Buddhist University will offer a series of new classes aimed at the community. It will also have a new and vigorous program in Chinese thanks to a new addition to our faculty, Professor Richard Yang. Professor Yang has taught Chinese to English speakers for many years and developed a well-tried-out system. He guarantees that his first year students will be able to speak after having completed the coursework for that year.

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is also well on its way. We have so far acquired eight new students from Taiwan for the Intensive Summer Program, and hope to have more in the Fall.

The University is presently advertising its Master's in Buddhist Study and Practice throughout the universities that offer religious studies and Buddhism programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal for this year is to make all of these programs self sufficient in order not to tax the patience of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association which has been so kindly providing us with funds for many years. If the programs attract a minimum of five students per class our goal will be achieved. However, the faculty and staff hope that we will be able to even generate some income if our intentions continue to be sincere. The University has also planned a symposium on Buddhism and Science which should take place in the early Fall and address itself to the many poignant issues which our contemporary world raises about the integrity and morality of modern Science.


NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Chairman: Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

董事新名單
董事長:宣化上人

恆實法師,恆達法師,恆通法師,恆是法師,黃可泰,胡公浩,楊國新,
易象乾,劉艾倫,葉周瑞芳,葉祖堯,楊建友,胡吳果相,朱建和,沈宗禮,
周靜海,鄭果璧,蘇珊•攘斯,雷道夫•林醫生,傑瑞•卡特,胡大文,
李祖厚,泰瑞•尼可森(果參),道格拉斯•鮑爾(果勒),黃明祿醫生,張福麟

Dharma Masters Heng Sure, Heng Da, Heng Tung, Heng Shr,
Hector Wong, Howard Hu, Michael Yeo, Ronald Epstein, Allen Low,
Priscilla C. Yeh, Raymond T. Yeh, Yang Jyan-you, Helen Woo (Gwo Syang),
John Chu, Shen Dzung-li, Chou Jing-hai, Anne (Gwo Bi) Cheng,
Susan Rounds, Dr. Randolph Lum, Jared Carter, Darwin Hu, Li Dzu-hou,
Terri Nicholson, Douglas Powers, Dr. Huang Ming-lu, Chang Fu-lin.

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