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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.
During the Chinese Lunar New year holidays, it is a traditional custom that people pay respects to Buddha and attend Buddhist prayer rituals in Buddhist temples with their whole family, praying for the blessing from Buddhas and hoping for peace and success in the coming new year.
To cultivate talent through loving care, and to encourage children at disadvantage who still strive for achievements. DDM held its 31st Reward Ceremony of “Talent Scholarship.”

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, December 31 of the Lunar Calendar, Buddhist temples sound the bell for 108 times to symbolize the shattering of the 108 kinds of afflictions that result from our misconceptions through the six sensory consciousnesses developed in the past, present, and future.
Thousands of practitioners attended Great Compassion Liberation Rite of Water and Land for grand blessing

The Eleventh Great Compassion Liberation Rite of Water and Land, held at DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, was launched from Nov 26, 2017; during the services, all of eleven shrines ran synchronically and was sustained for eight days and seven nights till Dec 2nd.
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