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End of Year's Caring

In 90 R.O.C., Dharma Drum established the DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation. The foundation doesn’t discriminate between religions, and it provides financial assistance and materials which assist the public during the Chinese New Year. The organization also offers long-term counseling and care to the poor, elderly, and handicapped, in cooperation with local government and schools.

Before every Chinese New Year, DDM holds about thirty separate charity activities in DDM branches and offices in Taiwan. They distribute materials, provided by donors from all walks of life, and offer blessings for more than three thousand families. This compassionate act has continued for nearly sixty years, and it helps many families and children to pass through tough times and hardship, particularly during the holidays. In a display of the human heart’s innate capacity for compassion and gratitude, many of the people who have received help before have now become donors, offering whatever help and charity they can to those still in need. It is a cycle of kindness.
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The four foundations of mindfulness
The four proper exertions
The four steps to magical powers
The five roots and the five powers
The seven factors of enlightenment
The noble eightfold path
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Contents:
1. Introducation to Chan
2. Chan retreat lectures
Four conditions for practicing Chan
Selflessness
Non-opposition
Stages of emptiness
The four great barriers
Gong'an practice
The experience of Wu
The stages of enlightenment
A dream
Contemplating mind by Hanshan Deqing
On contemplating mind
Silent illumination by Hongzhi Zhengjue
On silent illumination
3. Radio interview with Lex Hixon
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Contents:
What does it mean to be a Buddhist?
Sentient beings
The self
Causes and conditions
The five skandhas and consciousness
Karma
The five precepts
Precepts and karma
Is Chan a religion?
Practicing Buddhism and other religions
Buddha images
Merit and virtue in Buddhism
Bodhisattvas and Arhats
Buddhism and death
The dharma ending age
The importance of having a teacher
Practicing alone, with a group, and with a Master
Approaches to daily meditation
Practice in daily life
Is the view of practice more important than practice?
Can intelligence be a hindrance to practice?
Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen
Chan and the absurd
Chan sickness
Chan and psychotheraphy
Why read Sutras?
Chan and the national culture
Living with entertainment
Poetry and Wangwei
Balancing responsibilities and practice
Raising Buddhist children in a non-Buddhist society
Chan practice and the elderly
Buddhism and material success
Is enlightenment lasting?
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Contents:
Dreaming asleep and awake
Transforming suffering
Chan tradition
The origin of Chan practice
Entering the gate
Daily living
Knowing and doing
The reality of Chan practice
Birth and death
Transcending karmic obstructions
Wisdom and compassion
Cloudless sky-enlightened view

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