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Monday, August 25, 2014
At 9 o’clock on the morning of August 24th, 2014, the 2014 Tonsure Ceremony is held in the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education where the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, hosted the ceremony. There are 12 to-be-monastics tonsured, and they all vow to shoulder the Shakyamuni’s great compassionate vows to spread the Buddha Dharma and benefit the all sentient beings.


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At 9 o’clock on the morning of August 24th, 2014, the 2014 Tonsure Ceremony is held in the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education where the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, hosted the ceremony. There are 12 to-be-monastics tonsured, and they all vow to shoulder the Shakyamuni’s great compassionate vows to spread the Buddha Dharma and benefit the all sentient beings.
From August 18th 2014, DDM Zhaiming Monastery held the Dizang Dharma Assembly for eight consecutive days, during which, the Dizang Repentance was held for seven consecutive days. On the consummated day of the event, the monastery held a chant of Dizang Sutra and offered a feast for all the sentient beings to hope that the strength of compassionate vows of Bodhisattvas and Buddhas liberate all the sentient beings of the six realms.<
The construction of DDM Baoyun Monastery will be completed and inaugurated next March in Taichung. Therefore, the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, the founder of Acer, Stan Shih, and the famous director, Wu Nien-Jen gathered at Taichung City Government on the afternoon of August 17th, 2014, and shared their wisdom of their lives to guide the public learn to live at ease and joyfully
From August 9th to 12th, 2014, DDM Extensive Academic Education first holds the “Camp of Protection of Spiritual Environment” for teachers from cross-strait universities. 23 teachers and graduate students from Beijing Jiaotong University, Nanjing University, National Taiwan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Tianjin Open University spend 4 enlightening days in DDMWCBE. They learn simple but practical methods to calm down their mind through the 4-day campus life.
Tens of thousands of believers from various religions in Taiwan gather together in the “National Prayer Assembly” in the K-Arena, Kaohsiung where all religions across the country collect. At 10 o’clock on the morning of August 12th, the President of R.O.C., Ma Ying-Jeou, the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong and the representatives of Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, Christianity, and Yiguandao jointly pray for and present flowers to the deceased and injured of the recent Penghu air crash and the dire gas (propylene) explosion in Kaohsiung. The atmosphere there is very warm.
The original name of “Liang Emperor’s Repentance Ritual” is “Compassionate Monastery Repentance Ritual.” To do repentance prostrations is method to practice compassion. What we do repentance prostrations is to pray that all the sentient beings can stay away from the sufferings, which brings unlimited merits. To cultivate Bodhisattva practices is also to cultivate compassionate practices for benefitting others and ourselves. Of Chinese Buddhist sutras, this one is the hugest and there have been a lot of stories of spiritual response related to it. Repentance contains that someone repents for himself, repents of offending people, or repents of making mistakes for groups. However, we need to repent in front of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, only by whom, our repentance can be witnessed.
On August 4th, the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, headed to the disastrous area of deadly gas (propylene) explosion in Kaohsiung and offered care to the family members of the victims killed in the tragedy. There, the Abbot President encouraged everyone to chant the sacred name of the Buddha “Amithaba,” which will settle ourselves down and transfer the merits of chanting Buddha’s name to the deceased family members.
On the very early morning of August 1st, 2014, a deadly gas explosion almost destroyed a downtown district of Kaohsiung situated in the southern Taiwan. The explosion shortly caused a series of explosions that killed at least 24 people and injured 271 people.
A press conference was held on 30 December 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the TV Program, LIGHT UP. LIGHT UP is an educational talk and interview show that focuses on the positive aspects of humanity and emphasis the preciousness of life. The karmic ties between DDM and LIGHT UP began twenty years ago when Chang Guang-Dou, the producer, invited the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen as a guest of the program. The present Abbot President of DDM, venerable Guo Dong, who then served as an entourage secretary of the late venerable Master Sheng Yen, had accompanied the Master to the studio for the interview recording. Thus, he was specifically invited to attend the press conference and provided blessings of virtue and gratitude to people from all walks of life.
Having accumulated Buddhist talent for tens of years, the wish of people studying Buddhism to jointly translate the Tibetan Buddhist sutras has finally came true! At two o’clock on the afternoon of 6 March 2014, Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) and the Khyentse Foundation signed a memorandum of agreement for translating Tibetan Buddhist Sutras into Chinese and cultivating the talent of Tibetan-Chinese translation. The translation of Tibetan Sutras that required great effort to achieve is ready to commence. As the representatives Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Venerable Hui Min, signed the agreement, Kris Yao, Tsai Po-Lang and approximately 300 honored guests from education and Buddhist organizations joyfully witnessed this important moment in the start of this big project.
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