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.
28th August was the birthday of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. In celebration this year, over three hundred faithful Buddhist believers made a pilgrimage to the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District, New Taipei City.
On the afternoon of the 19th of August, 2011, Secretary General of DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF), Venerable Guo Qi, and Vice President of DDM General Association of Dharma Supporters, Mr. Chu-Qi Huang, attended a tea party held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the Taipei Guest House in Taipei City.
On 28 August, 2011, the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education held the Tonsure Ceremony for twenty Sangha University students who made their commitment to officially become Buddhist monastics.
Commencing on the 26th of July 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) held a four-day summer camp at Mianyang High School of northern Sichuan, China.
On the evening of 23 August, 2011, Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, attended the celebrations for the Republic of China (Taiwan) Centenary Peace Day conducted at the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung City.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) held a two-day Summer Camp at the Xiushui Primary School in northern Sichuan on 4th and 5th August, 2011.
On the morning of 22 August 2011, twenty monastics from The Buddhist Association of China, including Vice President Venerable Zeng Qin, visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education.
The Secretary General of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF), Venerable Guo Qi, attended a prayer ceremony hosted by the Kaohsiung City Government at the Fengshan Stadium on the morning of 8 August, 2011.
On the afternoon of 8 August 2011, the Executive Director of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF), Mr Hung-Chi Chiang, attended a press conference held by the Morakot Post-Disaster Reconstruction Council.
Over sixty students and staff of Mianyang High School of Northern Sichuan, China, visited Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in the Jinshan District of New Taipei City on the morning of 7 August, 2011.