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.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) hosted a summer camp, “The Camp for Protecting the Spiritual Environment & Life Education”, from 21st to 24th July, 2010, in Xiushui Township of Sichuan’s Mianyang City, China, with the aim of stimulating young people to think about the meaning of life.
On 28 July 2010, over a hundred university students and teachers from Taiwan and mainland China paid their inaugural visit to the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) attended the 2010 Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) held at Washington Convention Center of Washington D.C., United States of America, from 22nd to 23rd July 2010.
In the morning of 3 August 2010, The Chung Hwa Institute of Buddhist Education, Dharma Drum Buddhist Foundation, Nung Chan Monastery and Yunlai Monastery were acclaimed by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) as a group of organizations for their long term dedication to social charities.
On 2 July, 2010, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong gave a speech at the National Security Bureau (NSB), Taiwan’s principal intelligence agency, in Taipei on how to maintain a calm state of mind while experiencing highly stressful situations.
It was a rare occasion for Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) to celebrate the Bamboo Shoot Festival with Jiaxian’s storm-afflicted villagers, Kaohsiung County, on 26 and 27 June 2010.
On the morning of 10 June, 2010, the Secretary of Anxian’s Party Committee of Mianyang City in northern Sichuan, Mr. Li Wang, led a ten-member delegation to pay their first visit to the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in the Jinshan Township of Taipei County.
The Vice President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) in mainland China, Mr. Min An, recently paid his first visit to the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education located in the Jinshan Township of Taipei County on the morning of 29 May, 2010.
On 3 June, 2010, the First Primary School and the Xiushui Medical Care Center in the Xiushui Township of Sichuan Province in China were finally inaugurated following a two-year construction period under the auspices of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF).
The four-day International Conference on Contemporary Chinese Buddhism and Thoughts of Master Sheng Yen opened on the morning of 28 May, 2010, at the GIS International Conference Hall of Taipei’s National Taiwan University. This conference is the third event hosted by the Sheng Yen Education Foundation, which aims to promote awareness of the words and teachings of the late Master Sheng Yen in society, to ‘uplift the character of humanity and build a pure land on earth’.