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.
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The aftermath of Typhoon Washi that hit northern Mindanao, Philippines, between the 16th and 17th of December 2011 was devastating.
On the 15th of April 2012, the Refuge-Taking Ceremony 2012 took place at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
From 3 to 6 May , 2012, the Xinxing Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain in Taitung City, eastern Taiwan, organized a series of activities within the monastery in celebration of Vesak Day and Mother’s Day.
On the morning of 6 May 2012, Nung Chan Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain held a special Dharma Prayer Ceremony to wish for the success in settling the main structural beam of the new Shuiyue Practice Center in Taipei.
Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong attended the Third World Buddhist Forum held from 25 to 27 April 2012 in Hong Kong to present the ‘Six Ethics of the Mind’. This concept was initially promoted for social peacefulness by the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
On the 3rd of April, 2012 Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong visited the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University, on the invitation of its President, Chun-Chen Zhuo. The school is Venerable Guo Dong’s alma mater from which he graduated 37 years ago.
The Abbot President attended a new book press release of His former Eminence Cardinal Paul Kuo-His Shan in the afternoon of 22 April 2012.
On the morning of the 5th of May 2012, Nung Chan Monastery held a prayer ritual and a gala party to celebrate Vesak Day and Mother’s Day and to arouse one’s awareness of environmentalism.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) works hard on the ideal of ‘Spiritual Environmentalism’.