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Each year during the Tomb-Sweeping Festival, with the guidance of equanimity and compassion, DDM branches across the world hold "Crossing Over Ritual for the Deceased" or "Intensive Buddha-Name Recitation Dharma Service" to carry out the four aspects of DDM’s vision - protecting the spiritual environment, purifying practitioners' body and mind.

The hope that their ancestors may depart from suffering and attain happiness and that their relatives and friends could enjoy good fortune and longevity are thus fulfilled with wondrous merit.


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Practice methods conducted in the Chan Hall are based upon the teachings of the Chan School, and primarily take the form of meditation. Meditative contemplation, sitting meditation, walking meditation, standing meditation and moving meditation are practiced in the Chan Hall. In addition, practitioners reverently recite The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (六祖壇經), accompanied by the striking of the wooden fish, which is the sole Dharma instrument used in the ceremony.

The Buddhist service in Lotus Sutra Hall is to chant The Lotus Sutra (法華經).

The Lotus Sutra was one of the highly revered scriptures during the early Mahayana period in India. It then become significantly influential in Mahayana Buddhist regions, particularly in China, Japan, and Korea, and is also one of the most frequently recited and transcribed scriptures.


The Buddhist services at the Pure Land Hall include chanting the Amitabha Buddha Sutra (阿彌陀經), reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name while walking, sitting and during silent meditation, prostrating to the Buddha, repenting, transfer of merits, and listening to dharma talks related to the practice.
The Buddhist services at the Medicine Buddha Hall include chanting the Medicine Buddha Sutra (藥師經), reciting the Medicine Buddha Mantra (藥師咒), and reciting the sacred name of this Buddha.
The Buddhist services in the Wish-Fulfilling Hall are mainly focused on Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s approaches, including the chanting of The Universal Dharma-Door of Guanyin Bodhisattva (觀世音菩薩普門品), participating in Great Compassion Repentance Ceremony (大悲懺), and the recitation of Great Compassion Mantra(大悲咒).
It consists of Emperor Liang Repentance Service and Food Offering Ritual to Celestial Deities in the Grand Hall.
Among all eleven halls set for DDM Water and Land Dharma Service, the General Hall serves as the pivotal or central hall.

The services in the General Hall involve various practices based on the Great Compassionate Liberation Rites of Water and Land (大悲心水陸法會儀軌) and the Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance (慈悲三昧水懺), followed by the chanting of the Mind Ground Chapter of the Sutra of Brahma's Net (梵網經-心地品), as well as listening to Dharma lectures providing an overall explanation of the practice in this hall .
Water and Land Dharma Service (shuilu fahui 水陸法會) , also known traditionally as the “Grand Rite of Providing Universal Deliverance and Food and Dharma Offerings to the Holy and Ordinary Beings of Water and Land Sharing the Same Dharmadhātu
(法界聖凡水陸普度大齋勝會)
”, is a practice method in Chinese Buddhism. It is considered the most grand and elaborate Dharma assembly in this tradition.
During October 14 to 16,” the First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns” was held in Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery (佛光山寺) and was organized by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), in collaboration with the Association of the Major Superiors of Religious Women in Taiwan, and Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique ; in the theme of “Contemplative Action and Active Contemplation: Buddhist and Christian Nuns in Dialogue”.
Move the body:

Some people think that meditation means sitting totally motionless and static but this is not necessarily the case. With a proper sitting and posture the body is active in its stillness. This relaxes the muscles of the whole body, the joints, the nervous system, and stimulates the endocrine, digestive, and circulation systems to promote overall health. People seek massage to relax their muscles but the mind may still be restless, whereas sitting meditation thoroughly relaxes the mind as well. Sitting meditation can have healing benefits for some conditions such as high-blood pressure, arthritis, and neurasthenia etc. It is not surgery or a panacea, but it can improve health without one’s being aware of it.
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