YEAR OF NEWS :
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
A major repentance ceremony named after Emperor Wu of the Liang Dynasty was held at DDM’s Nung Chan Monastery from August 16th to 22nd this year. The first day saw over 7,000 participants from different parts of Taiwan attend.
This ritual, also named the “Compassionate Monastery Repentance Ritual”, follows 10 volumes of rites extracted from Mahayana Buddhist texts and the names of 1275 Buddhas. It was written with the intention to lead practitioners through the practice of repentance in its true sense by acknowledging one’s faults and repenting them. More than regretting wrongdoings, repentance requires one to apply wisdom for the seeds of one’s affliction to wither, so as to attain purity and liberation. It also arouses compassion towards sentient beings who are suffering, poor and needy which is an important aspect in the cultivation of the Bodhisattva practice of benefitting oneself and others as one aspires for Buddhahood.
On the afternoon of 14th of April 2013, Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, went to the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan City to introduce to the values of the Six Ethics of the Mind. 1,500 people attended the speech.
On 24 March 2013, 30 high-ranking media officials from mainland China paid their first visit to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
On the morning of 10 April 2013, a delegation of the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University came to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education for a prayer session, in celebration of the school’s 66th anniversary.
On 21 April 2013, about a thousand people came to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education to take Buddhism as their spiritual refuge.
On 24 March 2013, 18 Buddhist practitioners from Leadership & Communication Skills of Tung Lin Kok Yuen Wang Fat Ching She, Hong Kong, visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education.
In the evening of 21 April 2013, the Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain came to Taiwan’s National Theater’s plaza to join with several tens of thousands of people to pray together for Taiwan and the world.
On the afternoon of 20 March 2013, 30 students of the Dharma Drum Sangha University and volunteers gathered at a beach near the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in the Jinshan District of New Taipei City for a beach cleanup campaign.
At a farmhouse in a bamboo grove, some 30 years ago Master Sheng Yen became Abbot of Nung Chan Monastery, continuing Master Dong Chu’s tradition of practice, inspiring multitudes to learn about and uphold the Buddhadharma.
Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong visited Taichung Veterans General Hospital on 23 March 2013 to share his insight with hundreds of physicians, nurses, and volunteers on how to embrace our vows and to maintain a positive and enthusiastic view on life.
On the eve of Lunar Chinese New Year, 9 February, 2013, Dharma Drum Mountain held a Grand Prayer Ritual at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education to welcome the new year.