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 morning of 16 December 2012, the Nung Chan Monastery held the end-of-year philanthropic party where thousands of people living in the Beitou District of Taipei City attended to celebrate and nurture a compassionate mind.
On the afternoon of 9 January 2013, students of the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) went to an aged care facility in the Wanli District of New Taipei City to visit and offer residents at the home DDM Sangha blessing for 2013.
Following its inauguration on 30 December 2012, the Shuiyue Practice Center of the Nung Chan Monastery held its first Refuge-Taking Ceremony on the following morning.
The newly completed Shuiyue Practice Center of the Nung Chan Monastery held a prostration event of worship on 31 December 2012 as a special way to refresh the mind and to celebrate the New Year.
On the morning of 29 December 2012, DDM Shuiyue Practice Center of the Nung Chan Monastery was inaugurated for humanitarian operations, such as Chan meditation and summer camps.
The President of Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC), Venerable Hui Min and President of Dharma Drum Mountain Community University Mr. Chi-Chuan Tseng, signed the humanistic lecture accord on behalf of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) with Peking University on the 7th November 2012.
On 21 December, the Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong attended the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the return of the head of the Akshobhya Buddha Statute at Shengtung Monastery in the Shandong Province in mainland China.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station at Jiaxian District, Kaohsiung, of the DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation organized an inspirational event on 11 November, 2012, to visit the Christian Bethany Home in Pingtung, where hundreds of people with disabilities receive love of God.
On the morning of 15 December 2012, the Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) held the End-of-Year philanthropic party at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education. More than 600 residents of Shanzhi, Shimen, Wanli and Jinshan attended the event to celebrate and nurture compassion.
On 25 September 2012, the DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) medical team arrived at the Chenjiaba Township in northern Sichuan Province to offer treatment to disadvantaged villagers.