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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Each year during the Tomb-Sweeping Festival, with the guidance of equanimity and compassion, DDM branches across the world hold "Crossing Over Ritual for the Deceased" or "Intensive Buddha-Name Recitation Dharma Service" to carry out the four aspects of DDM’s vision - protecting the spiritual environment, purifying practitioners' body and mind.

The hope that their ancestors may depart from suffering and attain happiness and that their relatives and friends could enjoy good fortune and longevity are thus fulfilled with wondrous merit.


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Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Mountain, passed away in February 2009, hence the loss of a most revered spiritual mentor for Taiwan’s society. The Master’s funeral served as his final teaching by example and a valuable Dharma lesson for the public, on the meaning of life and death.


DDM’s spring couplet for this year is “A good wish for the world”, which was also late Master Sheng Yen‘s blessings and exhortation for the current society made in 2008.
If one wants to become an orthodox Buddhist disciple, one must take refuge in the Three Jewels. The significance of this ritual is very much the same as that of a royal coronation, the inauguration of a president, or the admission of a new member to a political party. It is an expression of loyalty from the bottom of one’s heart, a zealous promise, a prayer out of admiration, a new life, and a pious taking of sanctuary.
On Dec 10, 2018, at the invitation of Buddhist Studies Department in Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA), Professor Robert Sharf, the D. H. Chen Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California Berkeley, gave a lecture entitled “Is Mindfulness Buddhist? Why it matters?? ” Professor Sharf spoke his mind freely; the audience responded energetically, discussion ensued with participants raising their observations, questions and opinions.
In September 2018, the Succession Ceremony for DDM’s sixth abbot president took place at the Dharma Drum Mountain complex. In 2006, late Master Sheng Yen handed the position of abbot president to Ven. Guo Dong. This year’s succession ceremony also held a significant meaning for the further development of Chinese Buddhism.

In carrying various Dharma affairs, including paying visits to victims of the big earthquake in Hualian and the Puyuma Express train disaster, holding international academic exchanges and Buddhist seminars, as well as organizing the Protecting the Spiritual Environment and Family Day event, DDM’s monastic and lay practitioners all continued the late Master Sheng Yen’s compassionate aspiration to build a pure land on earth. The year 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Master’s passing and DDM’s 30th anniversary, we expect ourselves to keep making good wishes and putting our wishes into action, for the benefit of the world.
In principle, Buddhism asserts equality. Hence, everyone can become a devotee, and everyone has the potential to become a Buddha. But devotees do differ in their levels of practice and spiritual attainment. And furthermore, according to the type of precepts they take, Buddhists are classified into the following nine ranks: upāsaka (Buddhist laymandisciple; C. jinshinan), upāsikā (Buddhist laywoman disciple; C. jinshinü), layman upholding the upavāsa precepts (jinzhunan), laywoman upholding the upavāsa precepts (jinzhunü), śrāmanera (novice monk; C.shami), śrāmanerikā (novice nun; C. shamini), śiksamānā (probationer; C. shichamona), bhiksu (monk; C. biqiu), and bhiksunī (nun; C. biqiuni).
An Incredible Journey of Natural Farming Inspired by DDM’s Protecting the Spiritual Environment


Ven. Guo Xiang (果祥法師), the current Vice Abbot at Dharma Drum Mountain, is well known for her tireless work on promoting natural farming. Her work began 20 years ago as an interest but over the past two decades it has transformed not only how conventional farmers work with their land but also how we perceive our relationship with nature.

This special personal interview with Ven. Guo Xiang provides a closer understanding of her compassion for all living things and her mission connecting us back to nature.
A Good Wish for the World: Make a good wish and make it come true. Put your wish into action and bring fortune to the world.

Amituofo! Happy Chinese New Year! I wish all of you an auspicious new year.

During Chinese New Year,people will greet each other with auspicious words when saying congratulations.

Is this kind of blessing useful? It is very useful, because blessings said in sincerity are in essence a form of wish.

I bless you, and you bless me. A single person’s words of blessing,combined with multiple others’ words of blessing,will become a collective power of our individual aspirations.

This is why every year Dharma Drum Mountain proposes a different theme of blessing, inviting people in society to jointly make a vow to fulfill a wish.



DDM Abbot President gave a speech at the opening ceremony, urging various Buddhist traditions to further engage in exchange and practice spiritual purification to help bring about purification of the world.
“What’s the difference between the lives before and since being the 6th Abbot President of DDM?” someone asked me.

Well, the most obvious difference, in appearance, is an additional string of one-hundred-and-eight Buddhist beads. Also, the DDM Sangha organization has appointed secretaries and attendants at the Abbot President Office to assist me with the administrative affairs; thus all of us become a team of joined forces.

Confidently asserting “To step down is not to retire” , the former Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong (果東法師) is fully responsive to my requests. When I have conflicts in my schedule, he always generously offers his kind supports, by attending some of the events on behalf of me, or representing DDM monastics in religious communication and social care activities. This sense of a team indeed goes with us everywhere.
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