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Nung Chan Monastery will not be open from April 28th to May 5th for Foundation Chan Retreat

For your kind reference, as Nung Chan Monastery is holding the Seven-Day Foundation Chan Retreat, from April 28th to May 5th, 2018, the Campus will NOT be open to the general public within the above duration.

During this period of time, activities only take account of Chan Retreat; neither sight-seeing nor photographing were permitted.

The campus will be reopening as soon as the retreat is ended after May 5th. Many thanks for your kind attention.

Looking forward to seeing all visitors soon!


Nung Chan Monastery
With Joined Palms
For your kind reference, as Nung Chan Monastery is holding the Seven-Day Retreat of Buddha's name Recitation for Repaying Gratitude to Ancestors, from April 1st to April 7th, 2018, the Campus is NOT open to the general public within the above duration.

Arousing the Bodhi-mind vowing to act with great compassion,
aspiring to deliver beings in the spirit of Bodhisattva’s actions.


At 10:30 a.m., on March 11, the first group of 583 lay Buddhist practitioners from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Belgium, the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Taiwan, completed the 23rd Lay Bodhisattva Precepts Transmission ceremony at the Main Buddha Hall of Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education. The Bodhisattva Dharma masters, including Ven. Guo Dong, DDM abbot president, Ven. Hui Min, DDM chief-seat monk, and Ven. Guo Hui, DDM vice abbot, gave their blessings to the precept recipients, or the “baby bodhisattvas,” expecting them to learn the compassion and wisdom required of a bodhisattva, by developing the self while benefitting others.
Everlasting remembrance of Master Sheng Yen's grace and a recollection of the Master's silhouette

A Dharma Drum “Transmitting the Light of Dharma Assembly” was held on the 9th day of the lunar calendar. DDM monastic and lay followers at the DDM World Center and DDM branch monasteries around the world gathered to show their gratitude towards Master Sheng Yen's teachings and beneficence.

Very often we find ourselves in difficult situations and blame others for our problems. Sometimes we even blame God or other deities for our difficulties. There is a Chinese saying, "The heavens are without an eye," meaning that the deities are not looking out for us. Some Buddhists may even blame the Buddha in whom they have taken refuge. So, unless we pay very close attention to what is happening in our own lives, it can be very easy to blame others for our tribulations. In particular we should pay close attention to suffering in our own lives, and how that suffering originates. We need to understand the true origin of our suffering.
Welcoming and Embracing the year of 2018 -
DDM wish you A Year of Peace and Freedom from Troubles!
At 11.50 p.m. on February 6, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Hualien, on Taiwan’s east coast, damaging many buildings and causing some in the city of Hualien to cave in or tilt. The public shows their care and love for the affected, especially as the Chinese Lunar New Year in nearing. Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation immediately mobilized volunteers in the Hualien area and organized relief efforts, while keeping constant contact with local authorities to assess the needs for required personnel and material.
Peace and Freedom from Troubles:

By ceasing bad acts and doing good deeds, our heart will be at peace.

By embracing the world with equanimity,
we will be free from troubles.


DDM Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong would like to wish you a happy new year, with peace, well-being, and prosperity.

2017 has become history. Over the past year,the results we’ve worked hard to cultivate will not go in vain. They’ll prove to be a solid foundation for us to walk towards the coming year. We should cherish and harbor gratitude for what we already have as a foundation, without feeling any attachment or regret.

The best mindset to welcome the New Year is to return to zero. This state of zero requires us to live in the present moment,starting from afresh. “Zero” also symbolizes the pure and perfect wisdom. Therefore, we say “to live in the moment is to experience buddha in the present.”

If we can have a moment of purity in thought, we’ll instantly experience the perfect wisdom in that single thought-moment, and in the meantime live in the pure land.

Traditionally, the custom of Lunar New Year greetings is a way for people to express their wishes and greet each other during the Lunar New Year, conveying the message of leaving the past behind to welcome a better future.
The Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is one of the three major festivals celebrated by those of Chinese descent. (The other two are the Dragon Boat as well as the Mid-Autumn Festivals.) Celebration begins on the eve of the New Year and ends with the Lantern Festival.
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