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.
Forty volunteers of the Tainan Branch from the Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain visited the elderly residents of Jianshen Nursing Home on the morning of September 10th 2011 bringing warm wishes of happiness and health.
On the morning of 18 September, 2011, 16 delegates visiting from Anxian in Sichuan arrived at the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education (DDMSWCF) to offer their gratitude towards DDM’s humanitarian work.
On 25 August, 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) in the Linbian Township of Kaohsiung City organized a one-day event for the elderly.
On the afternoon of 31 August 2011, both Nung Chan Monastery and Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies were credited by Taipei City Government for their long-term humanitarian efforts towards the disadvantaged.
The ‘Five-Year Relief Project’ in Sri Lanka, which was initiated after the deadly tsunami that struck in 2004, has been successful. Though the project wrapped up in December 2009, DDMSWCF’s concern about the poor people in war-torn northern Sri Lanka continues.
In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a small but warm party was held at the Wish-Fulfilling Guanying Hall of the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education on the evening of 12 September, 2011.
On the evening of 10 September, 2011, Tiennan Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain held a party in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) at Linbian Township of Pintung County held a one-day family trip on 11 August, 2011, at Shuanlung National Park.
On the morning of 5 September, 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Foundation, Yunlai Monastery, Nung Chan Monastery, and Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies were recognized by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) for the long-term humanitarian works in Taiwan and abroad.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) held a two-day summer camp in Jiaxian District of Kaohsiung City from 20 August 2011 to equip disadvantaged students with skills to use in their daily lives and understanding Buddhism.