達義大和尚簡介 Biography of Venerable Dayi Shi

達義大和尚,現任加拿大佛教會會長、美國佛教青年會會長、美國三藩市佛教會會長,天台宗第四十六代傳人,現任加拿大多倫多湛山精舍住持。。

Venerable Dayi Shi is the President of The Buddhist Association of Canada, President of The Young Men’s Buddhist Association of America, President of the Buddhist Association of San Francisco, USA, 46th Patriarch of TianTai Sect of Buddhism, as well as the current Abbot of Cham Shan Temple in Toronto.

1983年在廣東依弘禮長老剃度出家,同年至曹溪南華寺依惟因長老求授三壇大戒。

He became a novice in 1983 and was tonsured under Venerable Elder Master Hong Li in Guangdong.  During the same year, he received full ordination at Nanhua Temple in Caoxi, Guangdong, with Venerable Elder Master Wei Yin as his precept master.

1989年畢業於廈門南普陀寺閩南佛學院後深蒙院長妙湛老和尚器重,留校任教,並擔任妙老衣缽和廈門南普陀寺監院(當家)等職。

He has graduated from the Minnan Buddhist College at Xiamen, Fujan, China in 1989.  Under the guidance of Elder Master Miao Zhan, he was appointed lecturer at the same college, as well as serving as Supervisory Director at the Nanputuo Monastery in Xiamen.

1991年12月,應美國佛教青年會樂渡老長老邀請,前往美國紐約定居,親近樂渡長老座下研習天台教觀,並擔任美國佛教青年會監院,領衆共修,協助樂老譯經工作。時常在美國及加拿大等地講經說法,教授天台止觀,弘揚淨土法門。

In December of 1991, Ven. Dayi Shi was invited to the United States by Venerable Elder Master LokTo from the Young Men’s Buddhist Association of America (YMBA).  Upon his arrival to New York, he further studied TianTai doctrines, holding the position of Supervisory Director of YMBA.  He often led Buddhist services, assisted in the Elder Master’s English translation work, as well as hosted Buddhist sermons in both US & Canada and preached Buddhist doctrines particularly in TianTai tradition and Pure Land practice.

1997年考入美國紐約大學,2001年獲得該大學亞洲學和心理學學士學位。 2003年獲得紐約大學研究院東亞曆史碩士學位。

Ven. Dayi Shi was admitted to the City University of New York in 1997.  He graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Asian Studies.  In 2003, he successfully obtained his master’s degree in East Asian History.

2003年8月,得樂渡長老、性空長老和誠祥長老三位大德的印可,在多倫多湛山精舍傳予天台法脈,授爲天台宗第四十六代傳人。

In August 2003, Ven. Dayi Shi received joint Dharma Transmission from Ven. Elder Master Sing Hung, Ven. Elder Master Shing Cheung and Ven. Elder Master Lok To, becoming the 46th Patriarch of the TianTai Sect.

2004年,經性空、誠祥、樂渡長老決定,邀請達義大和尚前來加拿大多倫多定居並擔任湛山精舍住持及十余座別院的管理工作至今。

In 2004, at the invitation and urging of our three Elder Founding Masters, Ven. Dayi Shi then moved to Toronto, Canada. He was appointed Abbot of Cham Shan Temple, leading the monastery and its ten affiliated Buddhist centers till present.

2003年,诚祥长老、乐渡长老、性空长老三位长老传法于达义大和尚。

 

達義大和尚宣導“智慧人生”的弘法理念,並以兩句法語:“以智慧觀照世間,用慈悲待人接物”作爲這一理念的闡述,確定湛山精舍的三個發展方向:

一、建立文化教育中心,傳播中國傳統文化,弘揚佛教慈悲精神。

二、建立叢林風範,培育僧才、續佛慧命。

三、建設加國佛教四大名山,提供修行平台,淨化人心、安定社會。

Ven. Dayi Shi promotes the principle of “Living with Wisdom”.  His mission statement is to “Perceive with Wisdom and Reach out with Compassion”.  The three main initiatives of Cham Shan Temple are:

  • Establish and develop an education center to promote Chinese culture and propagate Buddhist virtues of loving-kindness and compassion.
  • Uphold monastic standards, nurture monks and nuns in the promulgation of Buddhism
  • Construct the Four Great Sacred Buddhist Gardens in Canada, to provide amiable platforms for cultivation, to purify the mind and bring about harmony in our communities.

積極帶領四衆弟子,將湛山打造成一個傳播中國傳統文化、弘揚佛教慈悲精神的北美漢傳佛教文化中心。並根據不同年齡和不同文化背景,多層次滿足大衆需要。除了正常的共修活動之外,還開設了各種實修課程:禅堂、念佛堂、禅茶班、武術班、兒童學佛班等課程,受到了海外華人和當地民衆的喜愛和歡迎。

He continuous to lead Sangha and laities in creating a platform to promote both Chinese culture and Buddhist code of ethics in North America.  On-going activities include regular Buddhist services, meditation, chanting session, tea ceremony, martial art and children Buddhism classes etc.  They are very popular with participants from diverse ethnic and age groups.

爲了漢傳佛教在北美的傳播與發展,大和尚克服種種困難,經常與中國佛教界開辦多種多樣的文化交流活動:書法、藝術聯展、水陸法會、禅七、華嚴法會等。

特別是倡議和發起了「首屆中、加、美三國佛教論壇」開創了三國佛教高僧大德在多倫多大學和市政廳舉行佛法論壇的先河,是實質性的將漢傳佛教國際化的踐行者。

In order to strengthen the development of Chinese Buddhism in North America, Ven. Dayi Shi has overcome many hindrances, in order to establish collaboration between Buddhist communities in China and Canada.  Cultural exchange activities hosted include calligraphy and art exhibition, Water and Land Dharma ceremony, 7-days meditation retreat, Avatamsaka Sutra’s Dharma service etc.  He has also inaugurated the first” China-Canada-US Buddhist Forum”, hosting a Buddhist event at University of Toronto for the first time, with international participation from orders of monastics globally.

大和尚特別重視佛教思想在加拿大多元文化中的價值和作用。倡導佛教應走出山門,進入社區,服務大衆,淨化人心,造福社會。

其慈悲濟世精神,獲得加拿大聯邦、安大略省、多倫多市三級政府的高度評價,被譽爲加國佛教的領航者。加拿大佛教會湛山精舍因此而獲得加拿大總理和國會聯邦參議院的表彰與勳章。

Ven. Dayi Shi takes pride in promoting multiculturalism in Canada by extending his presence from the temple to various communities, taking initiatives with charity groups and social services.  He is being recognized by our federal, provincial and municipal government authorities as an influential leader of Mahayana Buddhism in Canada.  In recognition of The Buddhist Association of Canada, Cham Shan Temple’s contribution to multiculturism in Canada, we are honored to be the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada.

在傳播佛法方面,大和尚與時俱進,善於運用現代媒體的宣傳。在報紙、雜志、電台和新媒體等途徑持續性弘揚佛法,開設固定專欄,笃行不辍,受到廣大群衆的肯定和贊賞。

He has also engaged in various avenues to propagate Buddhism, including publications in newspapers, magazine, radio broadcasting and various social medias, attracting a vast group of followers with positive engagements.

多年來致力於佛教教育和文化出版,三十多年來講經說法從未間斷,隨緣化度。曾講過楞嚴經、維摩诘經、金剛經、六祖壇經、圓覺經、地藏經、阿彌陀經、大乘起信論、普賢行願品、天台思想、止觀禅修、水陸儀軌要義等大乘經典,與時俱進開展網絡空中法堂。著有智慧人生係列叢書,《自在人生》、《覺悟人生》等已在中國宗教文化出版社出版。

Through the past three decades, Ven. Dayi Shi has regularly expounded on Mahayana Dharma scriptures.   His sermons include the Surangama Sutra, Vimalakirti Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Six Patriarch’s Platform Sutra, Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment, Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Purvapranidhana Sutra, Amitabha Sutra, The Awakening of Faith, The Aspiration of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, the Essence of TianTai Sect., the Essence of Calming and Insightful Meditation, Liturgy of Water and Land Dharma ceremony etc.  To go with this day and age, he has also engaged in sharing his teaching through virtual social platforms.  His books include the series of “Living with Wisdom”, “Living at Ease” and “Living with Awakening” published by the China Culture Publishing House.

佛教的國際化、多元化,也是達義大和尚積極推廣的弘法理念。每次舉行大型活動時都會邀請佛教三大語係的高僧大德共同主法開辦活動,體現了佛教大團結精神。是加拿大首位提出佛教三大語係圓融共處,攜手打造加國佛教文化的新局面。這種理念得到世界各大佛教組織的支持和贊賞。現任世界佛教徒友誼會弘法部主席,曾應邀到新加坡、泰國和日本等地弘法講學。並將漢傳佛教的修行與理念和世界各國佛教徒們交流。曾與南傳佛教和藏傳佛教代表在多倫多大學對話聯誼。

Ven. Dayi Shi is a strong believer in the globalization and multicultural exchange in Buddhism.  Sangha members from Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana sectors are among his honorable guests in all our major events in order to create unity and synergy among various schools.  Dialogues among the leaders from the three major Buddhist sectors have taken place at University of Toronto. He is also appointed chairman of the World Fellowship of Buddhists and has participated in Dharma talks in Singapore, Thailand and Japan.

達義大和尚秉承師志,率領四衆弟子創建加國佛教四大名山。將中國佛教的五台山、普陀山、九華山和峨眉山再現於加拿大。整個工程總占地面積1350英畝(約計9000中國畝),分爲四期進行,首期工程加國五台山已初具規模。於2016年親自迎請中國佛教四大名山的香火,奠定了中加兩國佛教四大名山之間,同根同源法乳一脈的深厚法誼。2019年10月5日加國五台山開光,成爲北美佛教的地標性建築。

He has also diligently undertaken the vows handed down by the three Elder Masters, by leading Sangha and laities in the development of the 1,350 acres (approx. 9,000 mu) of scenic land into  the Four Great Sacred Buddhist Gardens in Canada, namely Wutai Shan, Putuo Shan, Jiuhua Shan and Emei Shan.  Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada is the first site to be developed with a milestone achieved to date.  In 2016, he has led a delegation to China for “Passing of the Torch” held at the Four Sacred Mountains of China.  This has validated the heritage of the Four Great Sacred Buddhist Gardens in Canada and strengthened the position of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism in Canada. “No Distinction Between the Two Mountains” are endorsed, symbolizing the notion of “Same Root Same Heritage in Buddhism”.  The consecration ceremony of Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden’s main hall was held on October 5, 2019, marking the accomplishment of an iconic wooden architectural structure built with ancient designs in North America.

達義大和尚出家三十年如一日,行願無窮,開創先河、譜寫新篇章!他學貫東西,識通古今,洋爲中用,對佛法的發展,既有傳承又有創新,開拓了北美佛教新的裏程碑。【將此身心奉塵刹,是則名爲報佛恩】的古訓一直充盈其生命中,奉獻給了佛教,無怨無悔地以法利生。

With over three decades of dedicated monkhood and a sound academic background from both the East and West, Ven. Dayi Shi has undertaken great vows and pioneered ventures to seek out opportunities that forge new territory in the propagation of Mahayana Buddhism in North America.  Following the Buddhist saying of: “This deep resolve I offer to the myriad Buddhas’ land, and thus endeavor to repay the Buddha’s boundless grace”, he has dedicated his entire life to Buddhism, benefiting all with the teachings of the Buddha.