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Do Buddhists Believe That Repentance Is Effective? Yes, Buddhists definitely believe in the effectiveness of repentance. While completed acts of killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, and major deception (falsely claiming that one is a noble one) will definitely bring about retribution for the perpetrator, other misdeeds, such as attempted offences, unintentional breaking of the precepts, and failures to follow the rules of dignified conduct [for monastics] can all be repented with all retribution dissolved in accordance with the methods prescribed by the Buddha.
The succession ceremony of the sixth Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain will be broadcast LIVE, 9.00 A.M. Sept 2, 2018. (Taipei Time)

On July 3-5, 2018, Gilbert Gutierrez, one of the western dharma heirs from Master Sheng Yen, visited Baoyun Monastery in Taichuang (台中寶雲寺), Nung Chan Monastery in Beitou (北投農禪寺) and gave guidance on meditation and a dharma talk in the morning of July 7 at IMG, International Meditation Group (國際禪坐會).

Next, Gilbert moved on to DDM World Center for Buddhist Education and shared his experiences in Chan methods and practices.
July 17, 2018 at 9:00 am marked the start of Youth Chan Camp; at the invitation of the International Rotary Club, 30 youngsters aged between 18-25 from 15 countries, namely the Czech Republic, India, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Romania, Thailand, U.S.A., England, Italy, Belgium, Slovakia etc., gathered at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education and Great Wisdom Hall of the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts to experience complete relaxation of the body and mind through purified encounters at this one-day Chan retreat.
By ceasing bad acts and doing good deeds, our mind will be at peace; Let's join the repentuance ritual, and make up for our mistakes with courage!
In a fast changing world, how can societies in the west and east invite collective insight by drawing on Buddhist wisdom, to map out a blueprint for Buddhist practice in the global community? To mark the imminent 70th anniversary of Humanity Magazine and commemorate the upcoming 10th anniversary of Master Sheng Yen’s passing in 2019, Humanity Magazine, Dharma Drum Corporation, DDM Public Buddhist Education Center, and Sheng Yen Education Foundation co-organized a Global Buddhist Community Symposium at the GIS NTU Convention Center on June 27, 2018. The symposium invited delegates from Buddhist sanghas, Buddhist publishers, and scholars across the globe to have a dialogue. Special guests and over 600 people attended the meeting.
In the age of multi-media and rapid changes, how does Buddhist publishing, as one important sector of Buddhism culture, proactively respond to society’s needs?
As the number of readers diminishes, how do we expand and deepen Buddhism cultural endeavors? What are the responses from specialized Buddhism publishers of the east and west, the authors, and the academics?

Do you know that in a bowl of rice, every grain is infused with the flavor of Chan?

Nowadays, choosing to eat vegetarian is not only very convenient, but also a way to manifest compassion and the protection of sentient beings’ lives!

Come and join with Auntie Mei, to enjoy a beautiful mind of Vegetarian Diet.
The Social Welfare and Charity Foundation of Dharma Drum Mountain (法鼓山慈善基金會), DDM SWCF, supported by the love from society, donated a Community Shuttle Bus to provide free transportation for the blessed aboriginal tribes of Nan-ao Village. The ceremony to donate this bus was held in front of the Ataya Culture Center (泰雅文化館) at 9:00 a.m. on July 2nd. Tribal seniors, the head of each village and the principals of several schools, accompanied by around 100 villagers, participated in the ceremony. Together, they dedicated passionate dances and warm blessings, in celebration of this event.
In principle, Buddhism has no dogmas. What are closest to being dogmatic are the precepts. But precepts for Buddhists are not a covenant with God, so they are not mysterious as in some religions. Precepts in Buddhism come from principles of ethics and are hence purely rational.
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