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Monday, January 14, 2019
In September 2018, the Succession Ceremony for DDM’s sixth abbot president took place at the Dharma Drum Mountain complex. In 2006, late Master Sheng Yen handed the position of abbot president to Ven. Guo Dong. This year’s succession ceremony also held a significant meaning for the further development of Chinese Buddhism.

In carrying various Dharma affairs, including paying visits to victims of the big earthquake in Hualian and the Puyuma Express train disaster, holding international academic exchanges and Buddhist seminars, as well as organizing the Protecting the Spiritual Environment and Family Day event, DDM’s monastic and lay practitioners all continued the late Master Sheng Yen’s compassionate aspiration to build a pure land on earth. The year 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Master’s passing and DDM’s 30th anniversary, we expect ourselves to keep making good wishes and putting our wishes into action, for the benefit of the world.

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Recently, I received a letter from a French professor who thought that I must be physically robust and very energetic, being so busy and yet still able to write and publish many books. In my reply, I wrote that, to the contrary, I have been susceptible to illness since childhood, hardly going a day without being sick. I have dragged on with this feeble body to repay my “straw sandals money”, only because of my gratitude for the kindness of the Three Jewels. The socalled “straw sandals money” refers to all the help I’ve received from others, as well as the blessings I’ve received from the Three Jewels throughout the journey of my dharma practice. I just do my best for the sake of returning these favors, which is none other than repaying kindness.
For your kind reference, as Nung Chan Monastery is holding the Seven-Day Retreat of Buddha's name Recitation for Repaying Gratitude to Ancestors, from April 1st to April 7th, 2018, the Campus is NOT open to the general public within the above duration.

Arousing the Bodhi-mind vowing to act with great compassion,
aspiring to deliver beings in the spirit of Bodhisattva’s actions.

At 10:30 a.m., on March 11, the first group of 583 lay Buddhist practitioners from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Belgium, the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Taiwan, completed the 23rd Lay Bodhisattva Precepts Transmission ceremony at the Main Buddha Hall of Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education. The Bodhisattva Dharma masters, including Ven. Guo Dong, DDM abbot president, Ven. Hui Min, DDM chief-seat monk, and Ven. Guo Hui, DDM vice abbot, gave their blessings to the precept recipients, or the “baby bodhisattvas,” expecting them to learn the compassion and wisdom required of a bodhisattva, by developing the self while benefitting others.
Everlasting remembrance of Master Sheng Yen's grace and a recollection of the Master's silhouette

A Dharma Drum “Transmitting the Light of Dharma Assembly” was held on the 9th day of the lunar calendar. DDM monastic and lay followers at the DDM World Center and DDM branch monasteries around the world gathered to show their gratitude towards Master Sheng Yen's teachings and beneficence.

Editor’s Note:

Ven Guo Xiang grew up on a farm in the company of insects and animals. In recent years, she went into farming and devoted herself to promoting natural farming. During her farming practice, she came to understand the real meaning of the Buddhist saying that “everything is dependent origination, namely, causally interconnected; everything co-exists and prospers in harmony”.
Very often we find ourselves in difficult situations and blame others for our problems. Sometimes we even blame God or other deities for our difficulties. There is a Chinese saying, "The heavens are without an eye," meaning that the deities are not looking out for us. Some Buddhists may even blame the Buddha in whom they have taken refuge. So, unless we pay very close attention to what is happening in our own lives, it can be very easy to blame others for our tribulations. In particular we should pay close attention to suffering in our own lives, and how that suffering originates. We need to understand the true origin of our suffering.
The Chan school advocates believing in oneself, believing that one can attain Buddhahood, and believing that one is naturally the same as all the Buddhas, not lacking in the least bit. Chan encourages its students to just let go of self-centeredness, so that one can immediately see one’s own original face, and everyone can attain Buddhahood. The original face is the Buddha in one’s self nature; in other words, it is natural and therefore, not obtained through practice. As such, Chan is misunderstood by many because the importance of faith is often overlooked.
In a world of great uncertainties and alienation, in a life full of challenges and difficulties, we need an anchor, a compass and a lighthouse to help us cross the choppy sea of life.

The key lies in our mind, in how much we know about our own mind and whether we can be the master of our own mind.
On January 13, the 2018 International Buddhism and East Asian Culture Winter Workshop was launched at Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA). More than 130 scholars, graduate and post graduate students from 23 countries and regions gathered together to explore the bright future of Buddhist research.
The International Meditation Group welcomes you to its one-day retreat

Settle your mind. Clear your mind.
Chan Buddhist Meditation Practice and Discussion – in English
Date:Mar. 10th, 2018, Saturday
Time:09:00~17:00 (full day attendance required)
Venue:Yun Lai Monastery in Beitou
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