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“To build a Pure Land on Earth with the wisdom and compassion of the Dharma”: this core intent of the Dharma has always been upheld by the sangha of Dharma Drum Mountain since its establishment by the late Master Sheng Yen (Shifu). Shifu explained the significance of the ground breaking ceremony, often referred to as ‘opening the mountain’, as thus “To unlock the dormant potential that lies within each of us so that we develop wisdom and compassion, which lead to harmony, peace, happiness and health in society and the world at large. This is the significance of ‘Opening the Mountain’.
On May 12 Mother’s Day, which happened to be also Buddha’s Birthday on the 8th day of the fourth lunar month, DDM held a “Family Day – Protecting the Spiritual Environment” event at National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, introducing to the general public the Chan methods and the modest simple way of life as Buddha had espoused. More than 30 activities were provided for people to experience a simpler lifestyle as well as arousing blissful enjoyment in Chan. The activities included bathing the Buddha statue, sounding the Lotus Bell, making eco-friendly handcrafts, experiencing living Chan, as well as relaxation exercises.
At the invitation of Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Elaine Yuen, Professor from Naropa University, gave a lecture on March 20 and 27 respectively, in which she shared how Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at Naropa University is carried out, and the talk titled ”Harm from Ethical Contribution and Self-compassion” also shed light upon mental burdens that chaplains often face with.
May 12, 2019
The 8th day of the fourth lunar month
The Buddha's birthday
Have you bathed the Buddha statue yet?

Please calm your mind
Commemorate the Buddha
Be grateful to our parents
Be grateful to every person and everything we encounter
Then, make a good wish!

On the Buddha's birthday,
make a good wish for the world.

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