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 evening of 30 June, 2011, at the invitation of Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDHSIF), a renowned Taiwanese chef, Master A-Chi (Mr Yen-Chi Cheng), visited Dharma Drum Degui Academy in Taipei City.
On 21 June, 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) donated approximately JYD 3 million (about USD 37,377) to a fundraising campaign recently initiated by Japan’s Rissho University in support of Rissho’s tsunami-affected students.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station, of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) in Liukuei District of Kaohsiung City, held a joyful half-day program for the elderly on the morning of 7 June 2011 in Baolai.
The 16th International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) conference was formally wrapped up on the afternoon of 24 June 2011, following a warm and touching closing remark given by Venerable Guo Dong, the Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain.
On 26 June, 2011 (Sunday), Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) organized its yearly thesis presentation event for the graduating class of year 2011.
On 21 May, 2011, Vice Mayor of Mianyang City in northern Sichuan, Mr Lin Yi, and 23 other Mianyang officials visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District of New Taipei City.
An 18-member delegation representing Dharma Realm Buddhist University in the United States, led by Venerable Heng Sure, on 7 June 2011, paid their first visit to the Preparatory Office of Dharma Drum University and the Dharma Drum Buddhist College, hoping to advance future academic and cultural exchanges.
On 8 June, 2011, President of the Buddhist Association of Xiamen in mainland China (BAXM), Venerable Ze Wu, accompanied by 18 members, paid their first visit to Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township, New Taipei County.
On 20 June, 2011, the 16th International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) Conference, co-hosted for the first time by the Dharma Drum Buddhist College and Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, will commence at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District, New Taipei City.
The branch office of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) in Miaoli County held a jubilant event on the morning of 8 May 2011, to present stipends to financially disadvantaged students.