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Thursday, July 18, 2019
On June 29 and 30, the International Conference on Buddhism and Social Science took place on the campus of Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts at DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, following the Development of Chan Buddhism in Contemporary Era forum held on June 28. Nearly 100 scholars and Buddhist monastics from home and from abroad attended the conference, sharing their views on social science with new interpretations and perspectives from the Buddhist point of view.

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The Surangama Sutra is recited reverently in the Surangama Hall, followed by The Surangama Mantra (楞嚴咒) and the Heart Sutra (心經) . Every day, there is a session where practitioners practice the meditative contemplation of “entering the flow and extinguishing all objects” (入流亡所), which is the perfect penetration, or method, used to attain liberation. This is the method based on using the organ of the ear that was cultivated by Guan Yin Bodhisattva.
The Buddhist services at the Earth Treasure (Ksitigarbha) Bodhisattva Hall include chanting the Sutra of the Earth Treasure Bodhisattva’s Original Vows (地藏菩薩本願經) , participating in the Earth Treasure Bodhisattva Repentence Ceremony (地藏懺) and attending dharma talks by monastics.
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
”, is a practice method in Chinese Buddhism. It is considered the most grand and elaborate Dharma assembly in this tradition.
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