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 18 April 2012, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong was invited by the Director General of the National Immigration Agency (NIG), Li-Kung Hsieh, to deliver a speech to around one hundred NIG staff members.
On 13 May 2012 (also the Mother’s Day) Dharma Drum Mountain celebrated Vesak Day. Celebrations took place at the plaza of Taipei City Government and at the plaza of the National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, where almost ten thousand people gathered to practice Chan meditation and the Eight Form Moving Meditation.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation formed a dedicated team of instructors to present the Six Ethics of the Mind in Kaohsiung City.
On the morning of 16 April 2012, Zhanzong Rinpoche of the Taiwan-based Tibet Religious Foundation of H. H. the Dalai Lama visited DDM’s Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong and the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, to gain some further understanding of DDM’s progress with Buddhist education.
The Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) celebrated its 5th anniversary on the 8th of April, 2012 at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
Former President of Hua Fan University, Venerable Lung Xun, along with 16 other lay practitioners, visited the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education on 19 March 2012.
On 8 March, 2012, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong was invited to attend the 80th anniversary of Cheng Ching Hospital in Taichung City, to give an inspirational talk to the hospital’s physicians and nurses.
On 16 March 2012, Abbot Venerable Fa Yao (Dhammadipa) of Chuang Yen Monastery, home of the Buddhist Association of the United States, paid his first visit to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
To raise awareness of eco-conservation among monastics of DDM and the students of the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC), a lecture on ‘Endangered Species in the Plant Kingdom’ was specially held by the DDBC at the World Center for Buddhist Education on the 11th of March, 2012. .
The Dharma Drum Buddhist College and the Academy of Korean Studies signed a collaboration agreement together on 2 March, 2012, pledging to jointly enhance Buddhist studies and boost academic exchange.