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.
Following a 16-day Dharma pilgrimage in mainland China, 11 members of Dharmāloka, Croatia, visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education from 26 to 30 April, 2011.
On 17 April 2011, over 1,200 people faithfully assembled at the Grand Buddha Hall of Nung Chan Monastery in Taipei City to take the refuge in the Three Jewels and pledged to follow the teachings of the Three Jewels ─ the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
On 10 April 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation offered financial assistance awards to a total of 125 Morakot-afflicted students in Jiaxian District of Kaohsiung City in the hope of encouraging them to commit to their studies, despite living in difficulties caused by Typhoon Morakot in August 2009.
On 26 March 2011, the Peace of Mind Relief Station in Liukuei District, Kaohsiung City, which operates under the Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, offered financial assistance to a total of 277 students who were disadvantaged by Typhoon Morakot, the deadliest typhoon to impact Taiwan in recorded history.
8 April, 2011, has marked a special and wonderful occasion for all Buddhists in Taiwan. The internationally renowned Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of the Plum Village in France, paid his second visit to Dharma Drum Mountain.
On 2 April 2011, the work of constructing permanent residence for the typhoon Morakot-afflicted people residing in Taoyuan District and Liukuei District of Kaohsiung City was cheerfully inaugurated.
Prior to the Transmission Day of Dharma Light on 12 February at the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education, a music concert was held at Taipei’s Sun Yat-San Memorial Hall on 10th and 11th February 2011 in memory of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
The Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDHSIF) has launched a new cooperation program with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in support of the Six Ethics of the Mind campaign.
Beginning from 8 April 2011, a remarkable joint exhibition of Chinese calligraphy works by renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the late Venerable Master Sheng Shen will be displayed at the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center Buddhist Education in Jinshan District, New Taipei City.
On 20 March 2011, a special Dharma assembly was simultaneously hosted by every branch monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) across Taiwan. The assembly was specially held to pray for the victims of the tsunami and the dead in northern Japan.