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 6 October, 2010, Venerable Guo Qi, Secretary General of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) and Mr. Chao-Lung Hsieh, Agent Secretary General of the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan), jointly signed an agreement for the construction of the Rian Activity Center in the Rian Community locates in the town of Fanlu in Jiayi County.
Over a thousand people gathered at the Nung Chan Monastery in Beitou District of Taipei City on 26 September 2010 to make vows to follow the teachings of the ‘Five Precepts’ and become upholders of Buddhism.
Typhoon Fanapi swept over Taiwan on 18th and 19th September, 2010, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its path. Severely affected by serious flooding were the southern Taiwan’s communities, especially those located below sea level in the Kaohsiung and Pintung Counties.
On the 10th of September 2010, the Dharma Drum Humanities & Social Improvement Foundation hosted The 2010 Award for Caring Life at the International Convention Hall in the National Taiwan Science Education Centre in Taipei.
On 18 September, 2010, honorable guests from the China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) headed by Director Zuoan Wang, visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township, Taipei.
On the morning of 11 September 2010, the Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation hosted the 2010 Forum of Saving Nature with Calm Mind at the Convention Hall of Taiwan’s CPC Corporation Building. This event followed The Forum for Caring Life, which was held on the previous day.
On the morning of 1 September, 2010, The Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, Nung Chan Monastery and Yunlai Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain were awarded the highest merits by the Department of Civil Affairs of Taipei City Hall for their dedication to assisting disadvantaged people.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) hosted a summer camp from 4 to 6 August 2010, in central Taiwan’s Tonshi Township, Yunlin County. Thirty students attended the camp altogether while 63 generous volunteers offered their assistance for the duration of the camp.
Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) hosted a special youth seminar on 14 August 2010 at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township, Taipei County.
On 15 August 2010, Ziyun Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain in Kaohsiung City hosted a basic training course of emergency relief. Fifty-four volunteers participated the training.