In the last two to three decades, humankind has been facing many great challenges on a global scale, such as food safety issues, collapse of the whole eco-system, mass extinction of species, and extreme weather caused by global warming, etc.
In the face of all this, DDM has long been trying to come up with a solution. Consequently the “Spiritual Environmental Farming” program was launched five years ago, with the hopes of instilling environmental awareness to every individual. It is hoped that by extending such awareness throughout Taiwan and the whole world, and by deepening people’s concern and care for agriculture on a global level, our efforts would eventually turn into real action that deals with the challenges ahead. The culmination of efforts have led to the ripening of causes and condition, that is ‘Spiritual Environmentalism on the Regeneration of Agriculture in the Era of Climate Change Conference’.
The theme of this symposium is interlocked with the ideals proposed by DDM founder Master Sheng Yen “To uplift the character of humanity and build a pure land on earth” and “To actualize protection of Nature with Spiritual Environmentalism as its core. ”
DDM also hoped that through this symposium, the Buddha’s profound teaching - that all phenomena originate dependently, each and everything is interrelated and indivisible – can manifest. The symposium serves as a reminder that producers and the general public should protect our natural resources – the earth, water and air – on which all beings thrives. This can be achieved by lessening our self-centeredness in all stages of production, processing and food consuming, treating all beings on Earth with compassion, and cultivating sustainable dietery habits.
The symposium offers participants the opportunity to brainstorm new way of thinking and to devise a clear direction to work collaboratively. The aim is to tackle challenges such as food safety issues, erosion of the eco-system and global warming with greater speed and efficiency.
10/26(Sat) ~ 10/27(Sun) 2019
Chang Yung-Fa Foundation’s Evergreen International Convention Center
Rm. 1101, 11F., No.11, Zhongshan S. Rd., Taipei City 10048, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
(Service time from
Monday to Friday
Chang Yung-Fa Foundation’s Evergreen International Convention Center
11F., No.11, Zhongshan S. Rd., Taipei City 10048, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
(Service time from
Monday to Friday
Date: Saturday, 26 October 2019
Opening Remarks by Chief Seat Monk of DDM & President of DILA: Huimin Bhikshu
1 The relationship between the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and regenerative agriculture, and the implementation of these practices
２ Create new mindsets towards agricultural practices that benefit others and oneself, respect lifeforms, encourage co-existence of humans and the environment for collective prosperity.
Facilitator／ Dr.Tseng, Shu-Cheng
Mr. Kuo, Warren H.J
Mr. Chen, Jie-Ting
Venerable Chang Ji
１ Combining Buddhist concepts with agricultural production.
２ Achieve sustainable agriculture in the era of climate change by treating the earth well, maintaining the balance of ecosystems, recycling and agricultural biodiversity.
３ The difficulties of transforming established agricultural practices and possible solutions.
Facilitator／ Mr. Wu, Dong-jie
Mr. Chang, Hao-Yen
Mr. Lin, Jeran
Mr. Gong, Zhe-Jing
Date: Sunday, 27 October 2019
１ Caring for the earth’s health, reducing the carbon footprint of food consumption.
2 Establish the mission and responsibilities of distribution channels of agricultural products; connecting producers and consumers; develop mutually beneficial operations to replace competitive relationships based on monetary transactions.
3 Agricultural distributors to provide mutually beneficial platforms to small environmentally friendly farmers and producers with the aim of co-existence and collective prosperity of a co-operative economy.
Facilitator／ Mr. Chen, Jian-Tai
Mr. Chen, Ching-Chun
Mr. Yoon Hyung-Geun
Mr. Chen, Meng-Kai
１ Agricultural literacy: changing mindsets, beliefs and habits to co-exist with nature.
２ Right view on consumerism: using the concepts of “our needs are few but our wants are many”, “recognise blessings and cherish blessings” to conduct all aspects of our livelihood including clothing, food, living and transportation, and preventing the overconsumption and pollution of our overall natural environment.
３ Preserving our earth: practical actions to support environmentally friendly producers and distribution channels, changing the self-centred mindset of “eating organic food is for my well-being” to the mission of “preserving environment for all sentient beings on earth”.
Facilitator／ Ms. Huang, Shu-the
Mr. Huang, Jun-Cheng
Dr. Lur has a PhD in Agronomy from Cornell University. He has served as CEO of Rural Development Foundation, the Head of Agricultural Technology Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan and others. His area of research covers plant physiology and molecular biology, agronomy, climate change, and food security.
Dr. Lur has maintained a long-term interest in the study of climate change, analyzing various data and trends to enhance the understanding of green environment and agricultural sustainability. In addition he encourages farmers to practice eco-friendly and sustainable methods of cultivation, guides farmers on selecting suitable crops, advises on the cultivation of crop species, and so forth. He makes recommendations to the government regarding supportive measures for farming communities. Using available data on ideal growing conditions of various crops, elements such as temperature, water and soil, he advised on a solid national land management plan. This plan is the formation of a policy to create designated areas for strategic agricultural production and marketing and communication with farmers.
The Venerable has a Ph.D. degree in literature from Rissho University, Japan. He was born in 1958 to a farmer’s family in Yun-Lin, Taiwan and graduated from National Taiwan University, majoring in Agronomy. In 1985, Venerable Guo Huei became a monk under Master Sheng-Yen, the founder of DDM. He has then served as the attendant and the secretary to Master Sheng-Yen, Monastic Advisor, Director-in-chief in DDM Sangha ,Dean of DDM Sangha University, Vice Abbot of DDM Sangha, and chairperson of the Department of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts. Above all, the Venerable became a dharma heir of Master Sheng-Yen’s in 2005.
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, currently Emeritus Professor at the Department of Applied Economics, National Chung Hsing University (NCHU). Dr. Peng took refuge in the Three Jewels with Master Sheng-Yen, and has been promoting the spiritual environment protection as well as raising public awareness on the protection of the natural environment and farm land.
Dr. Peng has served as the Commissioner of the Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan. In December of 1999, he resigned from his position as he cannot concur with the Legislative Yuan on passing the Agricultural Development Ordinance Section 18 which does not permit the building of farm houses on newly acquired farm land. He returned to his previous teaching position at NCHU and served as President of the University. He also served as the President of Transworld Institute of Technology, Vice President of Asia University and President of Chung Chou Institute of Technology.
Dr. Peng has also served as Chairman on the Board of various international organizations, including the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (for the Asian and Pacific Region), International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training, Sino-German Society Economy Association as well as Chairman for academic and vocational associations such as China Agricultural Study Association, Taiwan Agriculture Information Technology Association, Republic of China 4-H Club Association and The Taiwan Society of Rural Development Planning.
Dr Tseng, Shu-Cheng obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University. He was a member of the Urban Planning Council of Taipei City and Yilan County, the chairman of the Organization of Urban Re-s (OURs), Executive Director of Community Empowering Society, Republic of China, Coordinator of the National League of Post-Disaster Reconstruction, Deputy County Mayor of Tainan, and Deputy Director of National Development Council. Dr Tseng cares for issues such as regional revitalization and community development. He is the author of “Community Development in Taiwan”《台灣的社區營造》; “Public Art in Community”《打造美樂地－社區公共藝術》; “New Architecture Movement in Taiwan”《台灣新建築運動》; “Taipei Metropolitan - walking in the air”《大台北空中散步》;《讓社區動起來──社區總體營造行動資源手冊》 “Raise the community: Resource Manual for Community Infrastructure Establishment”. He participated in the Snails Without Shells campaign of the 1980s, the 921 Earthquake Reconstruction and Planning, New Campus Movement, and he pushed forward the founding of ARCHI-REFPORM (建築改革合作社).
He is a PhD of the Department of Agronomy, National Taiwan University, R.O.C. Taiwan and a Honorary Professor, Department of Agronomy, National Taiwan University (NTU). Professor Kuo has been teaching for 34 years and lectures on seed science and technology, plant germplasm, plants and civilization. His areas of expertise are seed technology, seed ecology, plant germplasm conservation, and biotechnology law. He had been the Chairperson of the Department of Agronomy, National Taiwan University, the President of Weed Science Society Taiwan, the President of Echichi Iso Society; and Committee Member of the Seed Society of Taiwan and Taiwan Agricultural Society. He also hosted the websites of Seed and Viewpoints, Views from GMO, and E-paper on Plants Seed. In addition, he cooperates with non-government groups, participates and promotes the conservation of seeds by farmers, organic farming and non-genetic modification events.
PhD, Department of Bio-Industry Communication and Development (BICD) (originally known as the Department of Agricultural Extension), National Taiwan University.
Currently Dr Chen is the Associate Research Fellow at the Agricultural Policy Research Center of Agricultural Technology Research Institute. He also held positions as the Project Assistant Professor at the Nanhua University(NHU), lecturer at the Yunlin County Community College Mountain Line, and Project Research Fellow at the Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation (TOAF). His research area of specialization is rural sociology, in particular, exploration on the development of alternative food network in Taiwan under the impact of global agri-food system, such as organic agriculture, small-holder farmers’ market, green dining, food and agricultural education and so on. Facing the great challenges of modernization, another focus of his study is the direction and prospects of rural development, including the topics of rural culture, re-generation of rural villages, revitalization of local regions and the Agricultural Knowledge & Information System (AKIS).
Venerable Chang Ji became a Buddhist monastic under Master Sheng Yen in 2002. In her many years of serving as Master Sheng Yen’s English Secretary and International Affairs Special Assistant, she was very engaged in international affairs, youth leadership empowerment, interfaith dialogue, the promotion of peace and protecting the environment. Venerable Chang Ji’s work is an expression of the core principles, spirit and vision honoring the legacy of Master Sheng Yen in service to the world. Over the years, she traveled the world participating and holding events in the United Nation’s Climate Change conferences and Sustainable Development conferences as the organization’s representative. She also led Global Citizenship workshops around the world, embracing Protecting the Spiritual Environment as the core value, to provide leadership development for sustainable and equitable change by understanding the hidden dimensions of global issues so that young people can solve problems, shifts systems and create new patterns sourced from individual inner capacity and transformational leadership. Hence, sowing seeds of wisdom and compassion to cultivate a connected society and create a better world that we all want to see.
Wu graduated from the National Taiwan University and currently serves as CEO of Green Formosa Front. He is the author of The Organic Agriculture in Taiwan and the translator of Our Stolen Future. He is most concerned about issues regarding marine environment and related policy, organic agriculture, community development as well as hazardous industrial waste, for example the FPG mercury waste case and the Taiwan Alkaline Industrial Corp. Anshun plant dioxin pollution case.
Chang received a MA from the Department of Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University and is the second generation owner of Heng Cheng Tea Garden. Before he turned 30 years old, he returned to his hometown and succeeded his father, Chang Heng-Cheng, as owner of an organic tea garden at Nantou County, Zhushan Township. Having mastered formal studies in science, soil science, and combining them with the knowledge in Buddhism learned during his student days, he proposed a theoretical framework to explain the cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems, thereby providing a macro perspective towards human agricultural practices.
Mr Lin is the founder of Tain Don Rice. He graduated from the School of Forestry & Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University. With 18 years of bird-watching experiences under his belt, he is deeply passionate about aquatic birds in his hometown of Yilan. However, since the opening of the Snowy Mountain Tunnel, the continue reduction of rice paddies in Lanyang Plain has led to the destruction of habitats. Consequently the population of aquatic birds has been reduced significantly. In 2014 he decided to return home and promote “Sheen Nan Tian Don Rice,” and with the cooperation of local farmers, habitats for aquatic birds have been preserved. Now, six years later, there are 6.79 hectares of ecological paddy fields within Sheen Nan community and the conservation of aquatic bird has gradually become effective. He is working towards popularizing the concept of Agroecology and creating bird sanctuaries among other communities in Yilan. His vision is to adopt Agroecology everywhere so that people would live in harmony with Nature.
Founder of Land-MRL, Mr Gong left the corporate world and started farming using the natural farming method to grow rice and mixed grains. Production is predominately based in Yuanshan Township in Yilan County, where the source of water originates from the Snowy Mountain; he promotes and applies the natural farming method. Two years after returning to his hometown, he purchased a rice harvester and transplanter to assist nearby starting communities, including over 150 households whose combined fields equate to over 97 hectares. He also helps newcomers obtain arable land, provides grains and shares his farming experiences with them.
I have been working in rural planning for a long time in Taiwan. Since 2013, I have started farming because I am trying to find the new possibility of rural development in practice.
From my own actual farming experience, what I realize is, supported by Internet access and transportation convenience, small-scale, diversified production and crossing geographical restricted sales models are attracting many urbanites with rural dreams to enter rural life. This is a personalized community-supported agricultural model. Through the gathering of such new farmers in the local area, it can also bring new possibilities for the development of rural areas in Taiwan.
Mr. Yo graduated from Tunghai University with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Politics. Born to a farming family around Dong Shan River in Yilan, he is deeply worried about the devastating impact on the earth’s ecosystem caused by global climate change. He believes that to sustain the environment and to be environmentally friendly , we must start with organic agriculture. Therefore, he convened a panel of experts and scholars to draft a bill.
After proposing the bill, he led scholars and experts to drum up support in the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan in 2012. His full participation in all the meetings at all levels, visits and press conferences lasted for 6 years.
The bill on “Promoting Organic Agriculture” was successfully passed and became law in May 2018. The Youngsun Culture & Education Foundation immediately presented a forum on organic agriculture. As the founder, Mr. Yo listened attentively to every talk presented and conducted the final discussion. After the meeting, he himself turned the 84 conclusions into 28 concrete recommendations and sent them to the Council of Agriculture for their reference.
Dr. Huang has a Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware, USA. He currently teaches in the Master’s Program of Environment and Development at Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, and also serves as the Director of Spiritual Environment Protection Research Center concurrently.
His main areas of research include political economy of the environment, environmental and energy policies, national land planning and governance, sustainable development, technology and society.
Observing such issues as the loss of farm lands in Taiwan, the deterioration of agricultural environment, the low rate of self-sufficiency of food, and the widening gaps between urban and rural areas, Dr Huang has recently focused his attention on sustainable development of rural areas,ecological village, and Satoyama Initiative. He is exploring practicable solutions and effective policies to address the aggravating situations faced by rural areas and the resilience of sustainability transition.
Mr.Chen is a graduate of the Department of Applied Mathematics, National Chiao Tung University. His ongoing efforts in promoting Community Supported Agriculture and Agroecology led him to further venture into permaculture sustainability design studies. He completed a Permaculture Design Course in 2011; followed by Advanced Permaculture Courses in “Optical Surveying for Earthworks and Water” and “Social Forestry” in 2015. He has also completed an Advanced Permaculture Design Teachers Certificate Course in 2018.
After graduating from the National Taiwan Normal University, Mr Chen studied at the Department of Ecological Humanities, Providence University. Greatly inspired by Professor Yu Feng Chen, a pioneer in environmentalism in Taiwan, he has been active in environmental movements. More than ten years ago, he has protested on the streets, joined EIA and has attended public hearings.
Ten years ago he served as the principal of Huanan Elementary School, he actively built connections between the school and the community. He encouraged students to visit lonely elderlies who had little fortune and experienced sickness, invited doctors to conduct regular health checks at the school, and arranged the transportation of elderly people to the school for much needed treatments. To promote food and agricultural education, he led students to help farmers cultivate and sell agricultural products, developed methods of agricultural product processing, provided attentive care to community development and environmental protection, thereby transforming a remote and dying community to a vibrant one.
He has been working for HANSALIM for more than 25 years. Until now, he had various roles in HANSALIM- researcher of HANSALIM institute called the Center of Web of Life and the executive director of one of HANSALIM local consumers cooperative. Currently, he is the executive director of HANSALIM Cooperative Federation and is in charge of HANSALIM’s business and organizational activities.
HANSALIM started as small rice store in Seoul, Korea from 1986 and has now expanded to a cooperative consisting of 2,300 farmers and 670,000 consumer members. HANSALIM have practiced its mission- Save the Table, Save the Agriculture and Save the Life and Earth- under its motto: Producers take charge of Consumers’ life and Consumers take charge of Producers’ Livelihood. HANSALIM has been working to facilitate sustainable production and consumption through a system that directly connects rural producers and urban consumers. There are a few basic principles in HANSALIM’s direct transaction system. 1) Clarify who the growers are 2) Clarify how the food is grown 3) Producers and Consumer must constantly interact 4) Producer can build a relationship with Consumer through direct transaction 5) Give intent to act local circulation agriculture through eco-friendly agriculture to Producer.
Dr Chen graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering in National Taiwan University, and later obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Business Management, MBA in the USA.
Dr Chen has worked in domestic and overseas high-tech industries for over 20 years. He has rich experiences in technology, marketing, administration and entrepreneurship. However, after the age of 45, he chose to gradually withdraw from the technological industries and devote himself to promoting organic food and agriculture.
In 2007, he founded the first eco-friendly farmers market. For more than ten years, he has been continually promoting the idea that small farmers can directly deliver agricultural products to consumers. He united eco-friendly farmers, consumers and volunteers who assist the market operations, to form a supportive community and provided small scale farmers with a platform to develop sustainable practices.
In 2014, Tree Hope Eco Hub, a meeting place for producers and consumers, was created as an extension of Hope Market because of the united community. In 2018, Dr Chen was awarded the Agriculture Personnel Outstanding Performance by the Council of Agriculture for "Promoting the Community Supported Agriculture, and realizing the goal of Education and Promotion".
M. S. in Public Health at University of Michigan
Former Council Chair of Homemakers Union Consumers’ Co-operative
Former Vice Chairman of Homemakers United Foundation
A key figure in the non GMO movement in Taiwan. The issue of genetically modified crops and foods is closely related to each and everyone’s life, yet it is not readily accessible and understandable to most of the general public. Thanks to the unwavering dedication from HUANG and her partners through the years, the issue of GMO finally receives proper attention from the public, the government and the manufacturer.
M. A. at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Common representative of Good Home Co-living Cultural and Educational Foundation & SPC Research Center for Medicine, Food and Farming Yukiko used to be a diner-out during her study at National Taiwan University. It was not until the incident of food contamination induced by the Fukushima nuclear power plant and the food crisis in Taiwan that she came to be aware of the prevailing risks in everyday diet and the importance of food safety. Therefore, she decided to cook for herself so as to regain her control over the food she took. She was determined to promote not only food education at home, but also the ideal of “co-farming, co-cooking, co-eating and co-living” in community ever since.
HUANG first worked in the IT industry, then as a business owner in the traditional manufacturing industry. Four years ago, the story of Bei Yuan LAI – the Taiwan Tree Planter – deeply inspired him; thereafter, his encounter with DDM encouraged him to further investigate the meaning of life.
Seeing that the world has been seriously plagued by climate change and environmental problems, out of a sense of responsibility, he, together with the other three family members, left the familiar urban life in Taipei for a strange farming village in central Taiwan. There, he raised the hoe for the very first time, starting a journey of learning from the nature and the environment. Apart from putting his ideals into actual practice in daily life, he also reached out to nearby schools and communities to promote ideas such as eco-friendly lifestyle, living with voluntary simplicity, food and farming education etc.
After three years of earnest searching, he finally located a piece of land in Nantou County. He is now working on a long term project with volunteer groups and local communities to transform the land into a center for both food and farming education and ecology education. It is his sincere hope to promote the ideal of Spiritual Environmentalism through actualizing Buddhist principles and the lifestyle of negative carbon emission.
Having witnessed the ecological catastrophe caused by chemical pesticides, HUANG chose to work in the organic channel when young. Later he conducted business such as importing organic goods and running organic franchise, now in charge of an organic farmers’ market. He also introduced into Taiwan The Sustainable Restaurant Association from UK to promote the Green Dining Guide, hoping the ideals of sustainability and lowering CO2 emission be integrated into consumers’ daily life.
He observed that, in the beginning, the majority of the general public is concerned about pesticide residue in food. Recently, however, many people have become aware that diet is not only related to personal health, but to the reduction of CO2 emission and the sustainability of the environment as well. Therefore, they are more willing to transform their concern about “me” into care for related stakeholders other than “me.” Such thinking and behavior could be regarded as “Diet Literacy.”
Out of his deep compassion for the environment and the whole ecosystem, HUANG would like to provide opportunities to learn how to make wise decisions as a consumer to more people.
Venerable Guo Xiang grew up in a farming family in Taichung, and was ordained under the late Master Sheng Yen, the Founder of Dharma Drum Mountain, in 1980. Since 2015 she has been teaching farming methods at DDM Community College in Jinshan as a project leader of “Protecting the Spiritual Environment Natural Farming”. She has also promoted Taiwan Natural Farming through various channels such as social media in multiple languages since 2016.
The Venerable continues to advocate the ideals of “Protecting the Spiritual Environment” conceptualised by the late Master Sheng Yen, and inspires everyone to safeguard the land and the environment in daily life. She also aspires to cultivate Buddhist Philosophy such as “Emptiness”, “Interdependent Origination” and “One Coexists with Many” in agricultural farming, wherein the farmers, consumers, sentient beings, and the whole earth can benefit.
Ph.D. in Laws from National Chengchi University. Dr. Tseng has served as Direct General of the National Central Library, the second and forth director of the Preparation Office of DDM University, and has been serving as the President of the Dharma Drum Mountain Community University since its establishment.
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