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.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) conducted a three-day camp from 21 to 23 January 2011 at Ji Lai Ecological Resort Farm of Kaohsiung City in order to continue caring for teenagers in Liukuei who are victims of the 88 Flood that occurred in 2008.
On 19 February 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) hosted a Dharma Assembly for a “Transmitting the Light" ceremony. The event which was held in the main auditorium of Hung Kuang University in Taichung City, attracted approximately two thousand Buddhists to attend.
On 12 February 2011, approximately 8,000 followers of the Three Jewels in Buddhism gathered at the Grand Buddha Hall of Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in the Jinshan District of New Taipei City for the 'Day of Transmitting the Light’ ceremony.
On the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, President of the Republic of China, Mr. Ying-Jou Ma, Premier of the Executive Yuan, Mr. Dun-Yi Wu, and Mayor of the New Taipei City, Mr. Li-Lun Chu, attended the New Year Prayer Ceremony at Lotus Bell Park in the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education, Jinshan District of New Taipei City.
Dharma Drum Transmission Day--Transmitting the Light of Dharma, the Wisdom of Buddhism: A Day to Commemorate the Teachings of Chan Master Sheng Yen
On 23 January 2011, the Ziyun Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain in Kaohsiung City held the End-of-Year Philanthropic Party for 130 registered disadvantaged households, wishing them peace in the year of 2011. The event was attended by approximately 400 participants including volunteers.
On 2 January 2011, the Peace of Mind Relief Station in Nantou County of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) held a year-end philanthropic party for disadvantaged people from the neighboring districts of Tsaotun, Zhongliao and Mingjian. More than two hundred people attended the party.
From 19 January 2011, a five-day winter camp for youths organised by Dharma Drum Young Buddhist Society (DDYPS) was initiated at National Chi Nan University in central Taiwan, Nantou County. A total of 853 youths aged from 18 to 35 living locally and overseas, including Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Macau, participated in the event.
On 10 January 2011, Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, and Secretary General of DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, Venerable Guo Qi, arrived in the Kuken Township of Yunlin County in central Taiwan.
The Baoyun Monastery’s groundbreaking ceremony was held on 9 January 2011. Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong, Taichung City Mayor, Mr Jason Hu and Changhua County Government Magistrate, Mr Boyuan Zhuo, were present for celebration.