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September 8 is the yearly Mid-Autumn Festival. At the full-moon day and by the illumination of moonlight, please make good wishes as light as the full moon for yourselves, family members, and the whole world.


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September 8 is the yearly Mid-Autumn Festival. At the full-moon day and by the illumination of moonlight, please make good wishes as light as the full moon for yourselves, family members, and the whole world.
On August 27th, the president of Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), Yang Qi Wen, and vice president stand for the all students and teachers of TNUA specially visited Dharma Drum Mountain to present the first “Contract for Emeritus Professor” of TNUA to Ven. Hui Min for showing their respect and gratitude for them.
At 9 o’clock on the morning of August 24th, 2014, the 2014 Tonsure Ceremony is held in the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education where the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, hosted the ceremony. There are 12 to-be-monastics tonsured, and they all vow to shoulder the Shakyamuni’s great compassionate vows to spread the Buddha Dharma and benefit the all sentient beings.
From August 18th 2014, DDM Zhaiming Monastery held the Dizang Dharma Assembly for eight consecutive days, during which, the Dizang Repentance was held for seven consecutive days. On the consummated day of the event, the monastery held a chant of Dizang Sutra and offered a feast for all the sentient beings to hope that the strength of compassionate vows of Bodhisattvas and Buddhas liberate all the sentient beings of the six realms.<
The construction of DDM Baoyun Monastery will be completed and inaugurated next March in Taichung. Therefore, the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, the founder of Acer, Stan Shih, and the famous director, Wu Nien-Jen gathered at Taichung City Government on the afternoon of August 17th, 2014, and shared their wisdom of their lives to guide the public learn to live at ease and joyfully
From August 9th to 12th, 2014, DDM Extensive Academic Education first holds the “Camp of Protection of Spiritual Environment” for teachers from cross-strait universities. 23 teachers and graduate students from Beijing Jiaotong University, Nanjing University, National Taiwan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Tianjin Open University spend 4 enlightening days in DDMWCBE. They learn simple but practical methods to calm down their mind through the 4-day campus life.
Tens of thousands of believers from various religions in Taiwan gather together in the “National Prayer Assembly” in the K-Arena, Kaohsiung where all religions across the country collect. At 10 o’clock on the morning of August 12th, the President of R.O.C., Ma Ying-Jeou, the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong and the representatives of Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, Christianity, and Yiguandao jointly pray for and present flowers to the deceased and injured of the recent Penghu air crash and the dire gas (propylene) explosion in Kaohsiung. The atmosphere there is very warm.
The original name of “Liang Emperor’s Repentance Ritual” is “Compassionate Monastery Repentance Ritual.” To do repentance prostrations is method to practice compassion. What we do repentance prostrations is to pray that all the sentient beings can stay away from the sufferings, which brings unlimited merits. To cultivate Bodhisattva practices is also to cultivate compassionate practices for benefitting others and ourselves. Of Chinese Buddhist sutras, this one is the hugest and there have been a lot of stories of spiritual response related to it. Repentance contains that someone repents for himself, repents of offending people, or repents of making mistakes for groups. However, we need to repent in front of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, only by whom, our repentance can be witnessed.
On August 4th, the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, headed to the disastrous area of deadly gas (propylene) explosion in Kaohsiung and offered care to the family members of the victims killed in the tragedy. There, the Abbot President encouraged everyone to chant the sacred name of the Buddha “Amithaba,” which will settle ourselves down and transfer the merits of chanting Buddha’s name to the deceased family members.
On the very early morning of August 1st, 2014, a deadly gas explosion almost destroyed a downtown district of Kaohsiung situated in the southern Taiwan. The explosion shortly caused a series of explosions that killed at least 24 people and injured 271 people.
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