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 24 September, 2012, both the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Culture and the Nung Chan Monastery received honors for humanitarianism from the Department of Civil Affairs of Taipei City Government at the International Convention Center of National Taiwan University Hospital.
On the evening of 30 September 2012, the Nung Chan Monastery celebrated the 2012 Mid-Autumn Festival with hundreds of devoted followers and performances by the Lodong Dharma Drum Team, Nungchan Dharma Drum Team and other musical items.
On 30 September, 2012 Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) celebrated traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival across the island, including the Ziyun Monastery in Kaohsiung, the Yunji Monastery in Tainan, the Xinxing Monastery in Taitung and the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshang District, New Taipei City.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation went to the Taima Township in Taitung County offering care and relief to people suffering from the effects of Typhoon Tembin, which hit the area on the 24th of August 2012.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation held a 4-day camp from 10-13 August, 2012, at the Shifang High School, Sichuan.
Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, went on a 4-day religious exchange tour from the 20th to the 23rd of September, 2012, to Mainland China.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation held a 5-day camp at the Grand Buddha Chan Monastery in Sichuan, mainland China, from 4-8 August, 2012, promoting the idea of ‘Protecting the Spiritual Environment’ which was advocated by the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, the founder of Dharma Drum Mountain.
On the morning of 2 October 2012, a total of 40 people from the Hospice Foundation of Taiwan, Hong Kong Society of Palliative Medicine and Hong Kong Palliative Nursing Association visited the Eco-Friendly Life Memorial Garden at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
On the 19th of August 2012, in the Jiaxian Township of Kaohsiung City, the Peace of Mind Relief Station of the DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, held a special tea party with the Chengkung Community.
I started getting into Buddhism at the beginning of this year. I had been reading books, participating in chanting sessions at Chan Meditation Center in Queens.