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Monday, February 18, 2019


At the invitation of various social welfare organizations and the Public Service Department, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) again sponsored a booth at the Fair for Single Elders at the Taipei City Zoo at 10:00 AM on January 18. Venerable Guo Qi (果器法師), the Secretary-General of DDMSWCF, and Zhixiu Xin (辛智秀), a board member of DDMSWCF, led 14 volunteers from the Wenshan District to bring gifts which signified blessings for more than one thousand senior citizens and families of disabilities and low income. It was heart-warming to see the long line of people wishing each other well.


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In their macro-analysis, the first keynote speeches in the 7th Chinese Buddhism & Sheng Yen International Conference portrayed ancient literati monks as the significant figures that kept in contact with the society and political authorities, so as to blend in Buddha Dharma with the public.

Furthermore, the second speaker explored the beliefs and practices behind the monks’ endeavors of Dharma dissemination. At last, turning to the micro-analysis, through the studies of monks’ autobiographies writing, the third speaker then revealed their personal body- mind experiences in their life. In the long range impact, intrinsic strength within the ancient monks was deliberately shown thereof.
For your kind reference, as Nung Chan Monastery is holding the Seven-Day Foundation Chan Retreat, from September 29 to Oct 6, 2018, the Campus will NOT be open to the general public within the above duration.

Do Buddhists Believe That Repentance Is Effective? Yes, Buddhists definitely believe in the effectiveness of repentance. While completed acts of killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, and major deception (falsely claiming that one is a noble one) will definitely bring about retribution for the perpetrator, other misdeeds, such as attempted offences, unintentional breaking of the precepts, and failures to follow the rules of dignified conduct [for monastics] can all be repented with all retribution dissolved in accordance with the methods prescribed by the Buddha.
The succession ceremony of the sixth Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain will be broadcast LIVE, 9.00 A.M. Sept 2, 2018. (Taipei Time)

On July 3-5, 2018, Gilbert Gutierrez, one of the western dharma heirs from Master Sheng Yen, visited Baoyun Monastery in Taichuang (台中寶雲寺), Nung Chan Monastery in Beitou (北投農禪寺) and gave guidance on meditation and a dharma talk in the morning of July 7 at IMG, International Meditation Group (國際禪坐會).

Next, Gilbert moved on to DDM World Center for Buddhist Education and shared his experiences in Chan methods and practices.
July 17, 2018 at 9:00 am marked the start of Youth Chan Camp; at the invitation of the International Rotary Club, 30 youngsters aged between 18-25 from 15 countries, namely the Czech Republic, India, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Romania, Thailand, U.S.A., England, Italy, Belgium, Slovakia etc., gathered at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education and Great Wisdom Hall of the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts to experience complete relaxation of the body and mind through purified encounters at this one-day Chan retreat.
By ceasing bad acts and doing good deeds, our mind will be at peace; Let's join the repentuance ritual, and make up for our mistakes with courage!
It all started in 2010 at the first camp of “Experience Protecting the Spiritual Environment” (心靈環保體驗營) in Mianyang (綿陽)Secondary School in Sichuan in 2010. That was the first time I encountered Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM). At the camp, we played games, learned to relax and listened to Dharma teachers sharing their thoughts on “protecting the spiritual environment”. I realized that this group of people truly sought to help us. Therefore as soon as I graduated from High School, I returned as a volunteer to pass on to my younger friends what touched me. At the same time, I was determined to devote more time to get to know DDM better.
In a fast changing world, how can societies in the west and east invite collective insight by drawing on Buddhist wisdom, to map out a blueprint for Buddhist practice in the global community? To mark the imminent 70th anniversary of Humanity Magazine and commemorate the upcoming 10th anniversary of Master Sheng Yen’s passing in 2019, Humanity Magazine, Dharma Drum Corporation, DDM Public Buddhist Education Center, and Sheng Yen Education Foundation co-organized a Global Buddhist Community Symposium at the GIS NTU Convention Center on June 27, 2018. The symposium invited delegates from Buddhist sanghas, Buddhist publishers, and scholars across the globe to have a dialogue. Special guests and over 600 people attended the meeting.
In the age of multi-media and rapid changes, how does Buddhist publishing, as one important sector of Buddhism culture, proactively respond to society’s needs?
As the number of readers diminishes, how do we expand and deepen Buddhism cultural endeavors? What are the responses from specialized Buddhism publishers of the east and west, the authors, and the academics?

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