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 14 May, 2011, ‘The Peace of Mind Relief Station in Nantou’ of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) initiated an event, offering financial support to Nantou students who are financially disadvantaged.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station of Dharma Drum Mountain and Social Welfare Station (DDMSWCF) in the southern Taiwanese township of Linbian in Pintung County hosted a two-day excursion for the families of 24 households from 7-8 May, 2011.
On 8 May, 2011, Vice Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Pin, accompanied with other medical members from Taipei, arrived at Chenjiaba village of Northern Sichuan in China and co-presided over the inauguration ceremony of the Chenjiaba Medical Center.
On 24 April 2011, Ziyun Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain in Kaohsiung City hosted a special event in which a total of 164 financially disadvantaged students received financial help.
On 3 May, 2011, Venerable Chang Fa, the Vice Secretary General of Dharma Drum Mountain and Social Welfare Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF), volunteers and over 100 residents of Baolai gathered in to celebrate the Bathing of the Buddha Festival and Mother’s Day at the Baolai Community Activity Center in the Liukuei District of Kaohsiung City. .
Starting from14 May, 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) has hosted a number of activities at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan, District of New Taipei City to celebrate the Vesak (the Buddha’s birthday).
The 41st World Earth Day on 22 April, 2011, inspired over 100 million people worldwide to actively engage in activities geared towards environmental protection and sustainability.
On 8 May 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain hosted a jubilant and special event at the Zhongshan Square of Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei to celebrate the Bathing of the Buddha Festival and Mother’s Day.
As a gesture of compassion and care to those who suffered from the deadly tsunami in northern Japan, twenty students from Jiaxian Primary School wrote down their words of encouragement on hand-made postcards.
On 10 April 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation offered financial assistance to a total of 177 disadvantaged students from the Linbian District of Kaohsiung City. Various interesting and entertaining activities were organized for students and their families.