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.
In the 7-day Chan retreat, one learns to isolate oneself from the past and future, and becomes focused on the present. One pays no attention to what other people think,say or do and therefore releases oneself from any entanglement with others.
On the morning of 23 July 2012, President of Taiwan Association Philippines INC., Mr. David Shih (Ming-Hsin Shih), on behalf of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, visited the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education and handed the Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong a letter entitled Resolution No. 258.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station of DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) in Jiaxian City of Kaohsiung hosted a 3–day summer camp for 100 financially disadvantaged students living in remote villages.
The President of China Poly Group Corporation, Zhengao Zhang, visited DDM World Center for Buddhist Education for the first time on 4 July 2012.
On 29 June 2012, Dharma Drum Mountain Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDMHSIF) attended Hualien Prison in the afternoon of 29 June, 2012,to host a music concert and introduce inmates the Six Ethics of the Mind.
An inauguration ceremony was held on the morning of 28 June 2012, to celebrate the successful completion of the second phase of construction at Shuxue Township, Sichuan.
The Sheng Yen Education Foundation hosted the 4th International Sheng Yen Education Foundation Conference from 1st to 4th June 2012 at the Convention Center of National Taiwan University, where over a hundred of Buddhist scholars and professionals from around the world attended, and over sixty well-researched papers on the Master’s thoughts were presented.
On 12 June, 2012, the 39-member delegation of the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region visited DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District of New Taipei City for the first time to enhance their understanding of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen’s vision.
Through seas and mountains, where is your heart heading to?
From north to south, do you see your mind’s voice?
On 22 June, 2012, a total of thirty students graduated from the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) and the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) in a memorable blessing cum graduation ceremony.