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Monday, September 17, 2018
At 10 a.m. on September 2, the sounds of the bell and drum resonated across Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education. More than 3,000 representatives of monastic and lay practitioners of DDM from home and abroad participated in the succession ceremony of the sixth abbot president of DDM, which was broadcast online in real time. In the ceremony “Inheriting the Past and Inspiring the Future,” participants celebrated the inaugural of Ven. Guo Huei, wishing him success in continuing to lead the DDM Sangha in its endeavor to promote “Protecting the Spiritual Environment” movement and popular Buddhist education through social care.


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The “Awakening Workshop,” an eight-session course co-organized by Dharma Drum Sangha University and Dharma Drum for Young People, concluded at DDM Degui Academy on May 19, 2018.
That there are a vast number of Buddhist scriptures is well known. So no one can say definitively which sūtra or sūtras are representative of Buddhism. Largely for this reason many schools of Buddhism emerged in China, each based on the perspective of particular sūtras or treatises.

Nonetheless, there is a fundamental doctrine common to all Buddhism—what the Buddha discovered about life and the universe—the truth of conditioned arising, also known as dependent origination.
Hsinhsing Monastery, one of DDM’s branching monasteries, derived its name from the Dharma, signifying “faith, aspiration, and deportment”. Located at the serene Beinan Village in TaiTung, the tranquility of this monastery brings a sense of calmness that peels away the weariness of a hectic lifestyle to those who visit.
The mind of Chan is no-mind. As the old saying goes: “A carefully tended bush does not blossom, while a carelessly planted willow branch grows up to give shade” “ No-mind” means not harboring expectations; this can even bring unexpected good results.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF)(法鼓山慈善基金會) held the 32nd ceremony for student grants award, with six separate feature events taking place around Taiwan from April 14 to May 19. Some 1,400 winners attended the award and participated in activities featuring spiritual environmental protection.
Life is full of risks; there are risks in politics, industry and commerce, in the workplace, and even in the family. If we are prepared to face risk at all times, with no need to get excited or panicky no matter what happens, and don’t feel surprised when something good or bad happens, this is called “ ordinary mind.”

This ordinary mind corresponds to no-mind and is similar to original face. Ordinary mind does not think about gains or losses, about having more or less, of being a success of a failure; it is only concerned about doing what can or should be done. After undertaking something, if problems occur, one keeps a cool head and deals with the crisis with ease.
Religion, philosophy, and psychology have various explanations for “mind.” However, in Buddhism the mind is master. I will discuss the mind from the perspective of Buddhism and the Chan School. You may have heard the Chan saying, “illuminating the mind and seeing the nature.” What mind are we illuminating? It is the original mind, the mind that originally existed; it is ready and accessible everywhere, yet people do not know that. It is the mind that people have always had, which they have failed to notice; it is different from the mind discussed in psychology, and it is also different from spirituality. This mind has functions that are indescribable and power that is immeasurable; it is the mind that every sentient being originally has, and is also called the “original face” (“the nature”).
Dr. Vandara Shiva, the global renowned philosopher, the practitioner of environmentalism and the founder of Navdanya Foundation, visited Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, DILA, and gave a special talk on the hot issue of “The Future of Sustainable Agriculture “on May 10th. Professor Teng, Wei-ren, from Buddhist Studies Depart and the Head of International Affair office in DILA helped with oral interpretation. Over 200 followers and devotees of eco-friendly agriculture came to join from island wide.








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