On October 16th and 17th 2015, Ven. Yifa attended and spoke at the first annual Yangguang Forum on "Public Wisdom and Development" (2015首届“公共智慧与社会发展”阳光论坛) in Beijing at the Peking University Yingjie Exchange Center. Hosted by Zhengxin Tang, in partnership with the School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University and sponsored by the Dunhe Foundation, the Yangguang Forum gathered experts in Tibetan and Chinese Buddhism, old and young, from East and West, for the purpose of "sharing and communicating about how to use the wisdom of traditional teachings to make the 'Chinese Dream' come true, advance societal cohesion, promote cultural understanding between East & West and bring along global development."
In addition to Ven. Yifa's lecture, Woodenfish also contributed to the event by inviting two prominent names in the world of Buddhist studies: Richard Gombrich and Stephen Teiser...
This past September, Venerable Yifa flew from Taipei to New York City for an extended visit to the United States. In addition to visiting old friends and making new ones, she made steps towards developing future Woodenfish activities, attended an academic forum at Yale and had dinner at Oprah's house!
Yifa landed in New York on the 7th of September and almost immediately set to work on Woodenfish matters. Over the course of three days, she had daylong meetings with newly-hired Woodenfish employees Julia and Jordan to go over short and long term plans for the Foundation. During this period, the Woodenfish team also paid visits to Religions for Peace and the UN.