DDM Vancouver Hosts Three-Day Dharma Assembly to Celebrate the New Year
On 2 February 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) hosted a three-day Dharma assembly to celebrate the New Year. The assembly saw over 400 devout Buddhists from around the Vancouver area converging to participate in the chanting of Buddhist scriptures over the three days.
Director of DDM Vancouver, Venerable Guo Chou opened the event with a short Dharma talk prior to the commencement of the rituals. In her talk, she emphasised the importance of the repentance of karma that has been accumulated from both the present and past lives.
She also encouraged participants, in the presence of the Buddha, to make vows that they will try to avoid committing bad karma, and to dedicate one’s life to helping those in need. This augurs well for the cultivation of social harmony as well as the attainment of inner peace.
(translated by Jin Yang/edited by DDM Australia Editing Team)