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On June 29 and 30, the International Conference on Buddhism and Social Science took place on the campus of Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts at DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, following the Development of Chan Buddhism in Contemporary Era forum held on June 28. Nearly 100 scholars and Buddhist monastics from home and from abroad attended the conference, sharing their views on social science with new interpretations and perspectives from the Buddhist point of view.
“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.
[Notice]

DDM World Center for Buddhist Education will NOT be open from June 1 to 30 for Monastic Group Retreat for summer

For your kind reference, as DDM World Center for Buddhist Education is holding the Monastic Group Retreat for Summer, from June 1 to 30 2019, the Campus will NOT be open to the general public within the above duration.
“A kind donation of desks from DDM; an enhancement of learning for the students at Pingxi Elementary School in New Taipei City”

Designed to be a blessed and happy surprise for the schoolchildren, the donation ceremony of these desks was arranged to occur before the Children’s Day, at 10:00AM April 2 at the Yangshan Pavilion in Pingxi Elementary School. The students were overjoyed when they saw the bookshelves and the desk lamps with built-in devices to protect their eyes. Coinciding with the International Children’s Book Day, these donations will remain forever in these children’s hearts.
Question:
Can we explain mystical experiences as some sort of physical phenomena?


Answer:
Physical phenomena refer to the matters and forces studied in physics, such as magnetic fields and forces, electromagnetic waves, electromagnetic induction, optics, velocity of light, thermal energy, gaseous energy, gasification, and so on. Mystical experiences generally refer to people’s receptions and sensations of spiritual forces. The correct way to generate mystical experiences is to attain extraordinary functions of the mind, body and sense organs through methods of cultivation. Mystical experiences may also be taken as the function of resonant responses between practitioners and the buddhas, bodhisattvas, various divine beings as well as ghost and deities.
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Dharma Drum English Website would be out of service from April 29 a.m. 0.00 to p.m. 23.59 for upgrading the server.

The service will be reopened after April 30.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience.

Sincerely
Dharma Drum Mountain
Following days of rehearsals of the ritual, explanation of the precepts, and practices of repentance, at 10:30 am on March 10, 1163 lay Buddhists from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Canada, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore and Taiwan gathered together to take the Bodhisattva Precept for Lay Practitioners at DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in New Taipei City, aspiring to help build a pure land on earth by upholding the spirit of the bodhisattva’s great vows.

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