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 annual Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service has started from December 6, 2014, and it will last until December 13, 2014. Please jointly witness every moment of the solemn and Dharma service.
(Translated by Tom Hsieh)
The International Conference on Buddhist Meditative Traditions: A Comparison & Dialogue was held on Oct. 25 and 26, 2014 to explain different aspects of Buddhist Meditation to the public. This conference was organizes by the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) and scholars from different countries were invited to present their views on this subject. Amongst those present were Bhikkhu Anālayo from the University of Hamburg in Germany, Bart Dessein from Ghent University in Belgium and Sāmaṇerī Dhammadinnā from DILA, just to name a few.
Dharma Voice for Animal (DVA) is an organization in San Diego, U.S., that promotes animal rights based on the teaching of the Buddha. The late Ven. Master Sheng Yen, founder of DDM, on the other hand, advocated the practice of cultivating compassion through vegetarianism; this was also the reason Bob Isaacson, president of DVA, visited DDM World Center for Buddhist Education (DDMWCBE). On the morning of October 21, 2014, President Isaacson, Chang Li Chun, Director of Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDHSIF) as well as Cheng Mei Ling, a devotee of DDM, had a dialogue to promote vegetarianism and Daily Life Ethics.
The DDM Anhe Branch Monastery in downtown Taipei hosted a Buddhist-style Joint Birthday Celebration for the Elderly on Monday morning, October 10, 2014. About one thousand seniors and their family members attended this celebration. The participants recited the Heart Sutra, Verses of the Medicine Buddha as well as his sacred name to pray for the well-being of all seniors present in addition to the well-being of all sentient beings.
The third lecture of the Wisdom of Fa Hua (Lotus Sutra in Chinese) lecture series started at 2 p.m. on Oct 19, 2014 at the Taichung City Hall. In this lecture, Alan Ko, a new generation of Asian pop singer, Shen Hsin-Ling, winner of the Ten Outstanding Youth and Ven. Guo. Yi, DDM Sangha representative, discussed issues revolving around the theme “Treasures of the Heart”. Each speaker narrated how they transformed their life of poverty into a driving force to succeed.
The Buddhist Lotus Hospice Care Foundation is a Buddhist hospice that uses Buddhist philosophy and practices to comfort and inspire the dying as well as the bereaved. Its 10th Buddha Dharma and Hospice Care symposium was held on October 10 to commemorate its 20th anniversary. The Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, as well as several community representatives were invited to deliver the opening speech at 9 a.m.; these speakers expressed their gratitude to the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen for the Dharma affinity he created lasting until today.
The opening ceremony of DDM Hong Kong Island Center on Queen’s Road West was held on October 11, 2014. At 11 a.m., the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, led devotees in a consecrated chanting session to bless the center.
DDM will be organizing the 2014 Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service from December 6 through 12. Besides, from October 18 through November 21, a series of special exhibitions warming up the said dharma service. Among them, a special exhibition themed the “Missing Post Office” (a real Japanese post office which specially deals with postcards and mail without addressees) invites the general public to write in a postcard their feeling of unhappiness, regret, yearning, lost love, etc.; these postcards are then displayed in the “Missing Post Office”. The purpose of this process is to enable those who are suffering to face and let go of their unhappiness or sorrow. In addition, devotees could utilize DDM’s Digital Prayer system to pray for the well-being of themselves as well as others. Participation in the form of volunteers during the service is also a good way to gain some merits. Those who wish to support the event by volunteering are invited to sign up at the DDM Volunteers Room.
In keeping up with current social development, the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) and the NGO Institute of Tsinghua University, PRC, jointly organized a symposium entitled “Social Enterprise and Innovation”. This symposium was held at the National Central Library, International Conference Hall on October 3, 2014 with two other workshops at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education on October 4. The Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, shared the development process of DDM “Humane Care and Social Practice” seminar series in the opening ceremony; he pointed out that this development process has been a rewarding, inspiring and joyful journey.
Each and every Buddhist tradition has its own way of practice. Are you familiar with the Chinese Chan methods?