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法界宗敎學術研究院
RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF
THE METHODOLOGIES OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS

【柏克萊新道場】

A NEW WAY-PLACE IN BERKELEY

■   柏克萊佛寺提供資料      From the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery


宣公上人表示:本研究院的目的是,
不排斥、不反對其他宗教,很和諧地與其他宗敎一起共同學習宗教的眞理。
The Venerable Master Hua said: The purpose of the Institute is
to study the truths of religion in harmony with other religious groups, without rejecting or opposing any religion.

法界佛教總會於一九九四年十月在加州柏克萊學 區附近,增設了一棟道場,宣公上人命名為「法界 宗敎學術研究院」。本研究院的目的:不排斥、不 反對其他宗教,很和諧地與其他宗教一起共同學習 。以萬佛聖城的六大宗旨(不爭、不貪、不求、不 自私、不自利、不妄語)作為研究的指標。

宣公上人說:「這是一個讓我們加深對宗敎了解 的地方,是開放的。所以,我們應該邀請各宗敎人 士,來談談他們的理想與修持。更重要的,要深入 去了解每一個不同宗敎背後的理想、習慣和道理, 這麼樣子,人們自然都會來了;若是不這麼樣來研 究道理,那麼再怎麼莊嚴的佛像、怎麼好的環境都 不夠領他們進門的。

我們的心量要擴而充之來發揚萬佛城的精神。所 以,上人對宗教研究班主任恆實師說:「可以在早 晚各有一段靜坐的時間,晚間再加一個宗敎討論會 ,若是參加的是天主敎徒的人比較多,你們就可以 學習天主敎;若是猶太人多,就可學習猶太敎,或 儒敎等等。可以邀請有名的宗敎演說家來給大家開 示,我們雖然是主辦人,但不是只有我們才可以敎 人、給人上課,應該大家共同研究其他宗教。

一九九四年十一月十九日星期六,法界佛教總會 在柏克萊新分支道場「法界宗教學術研究院」(柏克萊佛寺)舉辦第一次多元化的精神活動。來自印 度的饒(Rao)博士給大家上了「使身體健康,精 神愉快的哈達(Hatha)瑜珈」課。一個由「不害 」(Ahimsa)團體發起,由科學家、人文學家以及 學生組成,以柏克萊為據點的組織,有十四位成員 參加了這個新道場舉辦的活動,學習《瑜珈經》作 者派唐加里(Patanjali,西元前三世紀)的道德系 統。饒博士強調:「所有瑜珈行者必須具備的道德 基礎包括了:不殺害、不說謊、不蓄物質之財、不 淫、不服用麻醉劑等。」

會中,饒教授示範了十四個瑜珈動作,教大家基 本的呼吸控制,並且帶箸大家靜坐,這個長達三小 時的講習會頗受與會者的歡喜。「不害」(Ahimsa )組織的主席(Metha)教授,並向主辦單位法界 佛教總會柏克萊佛寺深表謝意。

一九九三年「不害」(Ahimsa)在柏克萊舉辦一 個「在多元中求統一--意見交換」的會議,與會 的有來自加州大學的著名科學家,以及來自灣區的 宗教領袖,還有來自其他社會團體。今年九月「不 害」(Ahimsa)又舉辦一項免費的多元性學術探討 會議,聚集了物理學家、宗教思想家,還有心理學 家來共同研討心識現象。這個會議是由法界佛教總 會元老會員Douglas Powers先生(果勒居士)主持 的。

法界佛教總會法界宗教學術研究院(柏克萊佛寺 )將提供坐禪每天兩次,每次一小時,並舉行一些 有關宗教、科學及人文的討論會。我們歡迎所有的 修行人、各宗教人士,以及誠心想研究能開智慧, 使人解脫,利益眾生,並帶給世界和諧,想追求真 理的人來參加。

 法界宗教學術研究院╱柏克萊佛寺 
  地址:2304 McKinley Avenue
        Berkeley, CA 94703-1720 
  電話:(510)848-3440 

In October of 1994, the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association established a Way-place near the University of California, Berkeley. The Venerable Master Hua has named it the Research Institute for the Study of the Methodologies of the World's Religions. The purpose of the Institute is to study the truths of religion in harmony with other religious groups, without rejecting or opposing any religion.

The Venerable Master said, "This will be a public place where we come to deepen our understanding of religion. We will invite other religious individuals in to present their ideas and practices. It's important to look into the ideals, customs, and principles of each religion. If you can reach that level, then people will come spontaneously, by themselves. If you don't investigate principles in this way, then the finest of Buddha images or aesthetic environments won't suffice to bring them in the door."

The capacity of our minds should expand to propagate the spirit of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Therefore, the Venerable Master told Bhikshu Heng Sure, the director of the Religious Studies Program, "The format can combine a meditation period every morning and evening, followed by a forum for the discussion of religion in the evenings. In the classes in which there are more Catholics present, you can study Catholicism; if there are more Jews, you can study Judaism, the same applies to Islam, Confucianism, and so on. Invite well-known religious spokespersons to give their presentations. We are the hosts and facilitators, but not the only ones who teach there. Investigate other religions with a whole-hearted, open spirit of cooperation."

DRBA's Research Institute for the Study of the Methodologies of the World's Religions ("Berkeley Buddhist Monastery") hosted its first multi-cultural spiritual program on Saturday, November 19, 1994. Dr. Narasimha Rao of India taught a class in "Hatha Yoga for Physical Health and Spiritual Well-being." Organized by Ahimsa—a Berkeley-based organization of humanists, scientists, and students—fourteen members gathered at the new monastery and learned the ethical basis for the ancient (third century B.C.) system of Patanjali, the Indian author of the Yoga Sutras. Prof. Rao stressed that the necessary ethical foundation for all yoga practice includes non-harming, truth-telling, non-possessiveness of material goods, celibacy, and avoidance of intoxicants.

Prof. Rao demonstrated fifteen asanas, or yoga postures; taught the fundamentals of prana-yama, or breath control; and then led the group in meditation. The three-hour seminar was well-received, and Prof. P.K. Mehta, chairman of the Ahimsa group, expressed his thanks to DRBA and to the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery for hosting the event.

In 1993, Ahimsa sponsored a conference in Berkeley called "Finding Unity in Diversity—A Dialogue," which involved prominent scientists from the University of California, leaders from the Bay Area's religious communities, and spokespersons from social groups. This September Ahimsa convened a free, multidisciplinary conference entitled "In Search of Consciousness," once again bringing together physicists, religious thinkers, and psychologists to investigate the phenomenon of consciousness. This program was emceed by a long-time member of the DRBA, Mr. Douglas Powers.

DRBA's Research Institute for the Study of the Methodologies of the World's Religions offers an hour of meditation and prayer twice daily and presents programs that foster conversation among religion, the sciences, and the humanities. We welcome cultivators on a spiritual path, religious persons of all faiths, and sincere individuals who wish to investigate principles that bring wisdom and liberation to people, benefit to all beings, and harmony to the world we share.

The Research Institute for the Study of the Methodologies of the World's Religions is located at:

Berkeley Buddhist Monastery
2304 McKinley Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703-1720
Telephone: (510) 848-3440

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