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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.
Chan and Pure Land both are sensible paths of dharma practice. Even during the process of practice, one can readily reap plenty of benefits for the body and mind. In the past, there have been much misconception by many, that since the goal of practicing Chan is enlightenment, without enlightenment all efforts are in vain; and that since the goal of practicing Pure Land is to cut off the cycle of birth and death, before one reaches the pure land of ultimate bliss [sukhavati], who knows what, if any, effect there is.

Actually, whether you practice Chan or Pure Land, you can get benefits everywhere, any time in your daily life. And you can become enlightened as well as reach the Pure Land. Those who are enlightened definitely would be able to be born in the Pure Land. Those who have not yet been enlightened but have vowed to be reborn in the Pure Land would be able to be born in the Pure Land, while those born in the Pure Land definitely would become enlightened.
The Practice Method of Chan

There are two categories of Chan practice methods. The first category is by use of the Five Methods for Stilling the Mind, which is to first stabilize the mind, and then progress toward liberation.

The second category of method is by use of the Huatou method from the Chinese Chan tradition, to totally crash the delusionary mind; in that moment self-attachment disappears, and wisdom manifests; such is enlightenment.

To practice Chan, we must first relax the body, the brain, and the emotion, and then our mind can become still. I often teach people a simple relaxation method, which is to pay attention to one’s own breathing. This can bring relief when one is tense or gripped with troubling thoughts. This method is sufficient for use in normal daily life, but if you want to continue on and go deeper, you need to ask a teacher for guidance.
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.
The state of one's mind tends to be susceptible to temptations and stimulations in the external environment, thus creating emotional fluctuations ranging from uneasy feelings to severe loss of equanimity. If one employs the safeguard of protecting the spiritual environment when situations arise, one can simply maintain calmness and inner stability, or go deeper to become free and at ease.
DDM wish you a Happy New Year of 2018 - A Year of Peace and Freedom from Troubles

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[Notice]:

As Nung Chan Monastery is holding the Seven-Day Retreat of Buddha's name Recitation, from Dec 24th to Dec 30th, 2017, the Campus is not open to the general public within the above duration. For practitioners who would like to attend the retreats or the ceremonies, please have our welcome to come in with your ID and entry pass.

The campus will be re-open as soon as the retreat is ended after Dec 30th. Many thanks for your kind attention. Looking forward to seeing all visitors soon.

Nung Chan Monastery
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Compete neither against yourself, nor with others!

At 8 a.m. on November 4, Nung Chan Monastery kicked off its first “Water-Moon Chan Run” at the booming sounds of the drum. This event, which included sitting meditation session and walking meditation activity, also attracted participants from Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, who made a special trip to join and witness this innovative way of “meditation in sports” in Taiwan. The some 600 runners found the process a most rewarding experience in itself.
Social and environmental phenomena such as low birth rate, aging population, unequal distribution of wealth, extreme weather from climate change, disruptive innovation and more are breeding anxiety and unrest in our modern lives. How can DDM fulfill its role as a stabilizing force in society?
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