Life is difficult. Challenges from your body and mind, from personal relationships, and from the environment, bear you down.
Death is also difficult. What you have is a body that either rapidly collapses or slowly deteriorates. At the same time, you are worried and perplexed by the unknowable world after death.
How do you make it, and help your loved ones to make it too, to a bright, joyous path to “good life” and “good death”?
About the Speaker
Ven. SHIH Chao-Hwei obtained her undergraduate degree from the Department of Chinese, National Taiwan Normal University. She is a professor of Hsuan Chuang University, where she has served as the head of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Social Science and as chairperson of the Department of Religion and Culture. She has published 30 books and 67 journal articles.
2007: Received the 48th China Art Medal (Cultural Analysis)
2007: Appointed by the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) as their fourth patron. The three original patrons are Dalai Lama of Tibet, Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh of Vietnam and Buddhadasa Bhikkhu of Thailand.
2009: Received the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Award
2012: Awarded “Taiwan Social Movement Persons of the Year”
Since 2012: Awarded “Silver Medal” by the Ministry of Education of Taiwan five years in a row
A veteran social activist, she has taken leadership roles in various social movements in Taiwan including that on animal welfare, anti-legalization of gambling and gender equality in Buddhism. In August 2012, she presided over Taiwan’s first Buddhist same-sex wedding, which became the only piece of news from Taiwan that entered the New York Time’s top 100 stories that year.