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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.


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After realizing that rescuers lack drysuits when proceeding with the search and rescue mission for the crashed TransAsia Flight GE235, the Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Ven. Guo Dong, soon designated DDMSWCF to donate 6 drysuits to the Disaster Emergency Operation Center of Taipei City on the evening of Feb. 6, 2015.
After the crash of TransAsia Flight GE235 happened on the morning of Feb. 4, the Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Ven. Guo Dong, right away indicated the domestic and overseas affiliates of DDM to set tablets to liberate the deceased and quell the calamities of the injured, and also appealed to DDM’s followers all over the world for praying blessings for those who need care and comfort.
A TransAsia flight GE-235 crashed into the Keelung River shortly after takeoff from Taipei Songshan Airport, en route to Kinmen. The crash has caused heavy casualties of passengers and crew at 10:00 a.m. on February 4, 2015. Once obtaining the information, volunteers of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation immediately headed for the hospital to help and reassure the injured and their families. Besides, DDM has also set the section to pray for blessings for the injured, and liberate the deceased through chanting mantras by ourselves. For more information of how to pray for the blessings for the victims of the crash, please kindly refer to the following link.
Dharma Drum Mountain produced a series of videos to greet 2015 Chinese New Year. We invited some amiable and kind foreigners to help us finish producing these videos. By these videos with their warm blessings, DDM hopes everyone can have a bright and happy 2015.
Dharma Drum Mountain produced a series of videos to greet 2015 Chinese New Year. We invited some amiable and kind foreigners to help us finish producing these videos. By these videos with their warm blessings, DDM hopes everyone can have a bright and happy 2015.
The Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Ven. Guo Dong, delivered a Dharma talk for blessing all in 2015. He encouraged all to use wisdom to transform circumstances and manifest our bright mind, and to use compassion to benefit all the sentient beings.
The fourth lecture on the Wisdom of Fa Hua (Lotus Sutra in Chinese) lecture series began at 2 p.m. on November 16, 2014 at the Taichung City Hall. The theme for this lecture was “Recondition Vexation, Regenerate Wisdom”. Ven. Hui Min, President of the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA), with guest speakers Jiang Xun, a cultural luminary, and Lo Xiu Fen, a successful entrepreneur discussed issues revolving around this theme, focusing on attaining happiness through practicing generosity.
Dharma Drum Mountain produced a series of videos to greet 2015 Chinese New Year. We invited some amiable and kind foreigners to help us finish producing these videos. By these videos with their warm blessings, DDM hopes everyone can have a bright and happy 2015.
The graduation ceremony for the second cohort of the Merit Field Program was held at DDMBA Chan Meditation Center in Fremont, San Francisco on November 8, 2014. This ceremony was attended by Ven. Guo Dong, the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Xing, the Abbot of Chan Meditation Center as well as about 100 devotees.
A blessing ceremony to signify the cleansing of mind and monastery as well as the Medicine Buddha Ritual was held at the new center of DDM Ontario Buddhist Association (DDMOBA) on October 25, 2014. The opening ceremony of this new center was hosted by Ven. Guo Xing, the Abbot of Chan Meditation Center (CMC), on October 26, 2015; at 10 a.m., Ven. Guo Dong, the Abbot President of DDM, and Huang Chu-chi, the vice president of Dharma Drum Mountain Fellowship, unveiled the new Buddha statue. This opening ceremony and the subsequent carnival themed “Protecting the Spiritual Environment” were attended by Ambassador Rong-chuan Wu, who is also the Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Toronto as well as approximately 100 devotees.
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