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DDM Great Compassion Water and Land Service: Benefiting all beings of the past, present and future

  Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service (shuilu fahui 水陸法會) , also known traditionally as the “Grand Rite of Providing Universal Deliverance and Food and Dharma Offerings to the Holy and Ordinary Beings of Water and Land Sharing the Same Dharmadhātu (法界聖凡水陸普度大齋勝會) ”, is a practice method in Chinese Buddhism. It is considered the most grand and elaborate Dharma assembly in this tradition. The assembly aims to liberate sentient beings in the ...

Grand Hall

  It consists of Emperor Liang Repentance Service and Food Offering Ritual to Celestial Deities in the Grand Hall. Emperor Liang Repentance Service Emperor Liang’s Repentance Service” (梁皇寶懺), originally named as “Dharma Hall of Compassion Repentance Ritual” (慈悲道場懺法), is a ritual of repentance, eliminating calamities, and delivering the deceased. According to legend, the Emperor Liang instituted the ritual for delivering his deceased wi...

Wish-Fulfilling Hall

  The Buddhist services in the Wish-Fulfilling Hall are mainly focused on Guan Yin Bodhisattva's approaches, including the chanting of The Universal Dharma-Door of Guanyin Bodhisattva (觀世音菩薩普門品), participating in Great Compassion Repentance Ceremony (大悲懺), and the recitation of Great Compassion Mantra(大悲咒). The Universal Dharma-Door of Guanyin Bodhisattva, as a chapter of The Lotus Sutra (法華經) , is noticeably far-reaching, both in its impact and effects. ...

Medicine Buddha Hall

  The Buddhist services at the Medicine Buddha Hall include chanting the Medicine Buddha Sutra (藥師經), reciting the Medicine Buddha Mantra (藥師咒), and reciting the sacred name of this Buddha.  The Medicine Buddha Sutra, translated by Master Xuan Zang of the Tang Dynasty (唐朝玄奘大師), describes the twelve great vows made by the Medicine Buddha while treading the Bodhisattva path in his previous life. His vows concern not only the equanimity of all beings and their e...

Pure Land Hall

  The Buddhist services at the Pure Land Hall include chanting the Amitabha Buddha Sutra (阿彌陀經), reciting Amitabha Buddha's name while walking, sitting and during silent meditation, prostrating to the Buddha, repenting, transfer of merits, and listening to dharma talks related to the practice. Pure Land is a common goal for many Mahayana Buddhist practitioners. The Pure Land of Amitabha in particular has been widely accepted in areas where Chinese Buddhism flouris...

Dharma Lotus Hall

  The Buddhist service in Lotus Sutra Hall is to chant The Lotus Sutra (法華經). The Lotus Sutra was one of the highly revered scriptures during the early Mahayana period in India. It then become significantly influential in Mahayana Buddhist regions, particularly in China, Japan, and Korea, and is also one of the most frequently recited and transcribed scriptures.   It consists of all doctrines in Buddhism, and is therefore also known as the ‘King of all sut...

Chan Hall

  Practice methods conducted in the Chan Hall are based upon the teachings of the Chan School, and primarily take the form of meditation. Meditative contemplation, sitting meditation, walking meditation, standing meditation and moving meditation are practiced in the Chan Hall. In addition, practitioners reverently recite The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (六祖壇經), accompanied by the striking of the wooden fish, which is the sole Dharma instrument used in the ceremony. &...

Earth Treasure Bodhisattva Hall

  The Buddhist services at the Earth Treasure (Ksitigarbha) Bodhisattva Hall include chanting the Sutra of the Earth Treasure Bodhisattva’s Original Vows (地藏菩薩本願經) , participating in the Earth Treasure Bodhisattva Repentence Ceremony (地藏懺) and attending dharma talks by monastics.  The Sutra of the Earth Treasure Bodhisattva's Original Vows is the most commonly known of all the sutras related to Earth Treasure Bodhisattva's practice. Written in beaut...

Surangama Hall

  The Surangama Sutra is recited reverently in the Surangama Hall, followed by The Surangama Mantra (楞嚴咒) and the Heart Sutra (心經) . Every day, there is a session where practitioners practice the meditative contemplation of “entering the flow and extinguishing all objects” (入流亡所), which is the perfect penetration, or method, used to attain liberation. This is the method based on using the organ of the ear that was cultivated by Guan Yin Bodhisattva. Th...

Avatamsaka Hall

  The Buddhist service conducted at the Avatamsaka Hall is led by two senior bhikshus. Practitioners reverently and silently read the 80 scrolls of the Avatamsaka Sutra (大方廣佛華嚴經) that was translated by the Tripitaka Master Sramana Siksananda of Khotan in the Tang Dynasty.(唐代實叉難陀)     Avatamsaka Sutra, also referred to as the Huayen Sutra (華嚴經), is a far-reaching scripture in the Mahayana canon. It describes the state of perfect inter...

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