Venerable Master Sheng Yen Encourages Followers to Apply Dharma’s Teachings into Daily Life
On the morning of 15 April, 2007, Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) hosted its Refuge-Taking Ceremony at Nung Chan Monastery. Nearly 1800 people took refuge in the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, under Venerable Master Sheng Yen, formally becoming Buddhist followers.
The Master encouraged everyone to treat others with compassion and to develop wisdom by applying the Dharma’s teachings into their daily lives. He emphasized that a person who takes refuge must then put these teachings in practice, ceaselessly striving to cultivate a Buddhist mind: to liberate all beings from suffering, let go of vexations and to study the Dharma for the benefit of all beings.
DDM’s Refuge-Taking Ceremony attracts many people every year. DDM provides a practical perspective to Buddhist teachings to equip people with ways to let go of vexations, bring peace to their lives and, as a result, “protect the spiritual environment”.
(translated by Jin Yang/edited by DDM Australia Editing Team)