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 11 and 12 December 2010, volunteers from Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) hosted a two-day Camp at the Xialin Primary School of Miaoli County.
Minxin High School, located in Xiushui Township of Mianyang City in Sichuan, held the first ‘Week of Spiritual Environmentalism and Art’ event from 8 to 10 December 2010 to educate students about Spiritual Environmentalism through various programs.
On 29 October, 2010, the ninth medical team was dispatched by Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation to assist the 2004 South Asia Tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.
The Rian Activity Center, located in the Fanlu Township of Jiayi County, was officially opened on 6 November 2010.
Manifest our innate great compassion and pray for the ceasing of suffering for all senting beings.
From 25 to 27 September, 2010, Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) specially hosted ‘The 2010 International Forum on Charity and Humanitarian Care’ at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township, Taipei County, to promote exchange regarding environmentalism and emergency relief work with other domestic and abroad non-governmental organizations.
Starting from 21 October 2010, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) successfully recruited hundreds of volunteers to help clean up debris left by Typhoon Megi in Yilan County, Taiwan.
Torrential rainfall from Typhoon Megi triggered widespread flash flooding and landslides throughout Yilan County. According to the Central Weather Bureau, a record 939 mm of rain fell in a 24-hour span between 20 and 21 October, 2010.
On 6 October, 2010, nineteen students from the Department of Religious Studies, Long Island University in United States of America arrived at the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township, Taipei County, for a three-day program on Chan Buddhism.
Nine volunteers from Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) living in Pintung County, the Southern-most county in Taiwan, organized a meaningful five-day event of visiting the elderly living in Pintung’s Zhaochou Township from 17 to 21 September, 2010.