Our Philosophy

Faith Statement

DDM promotes the protection of the social, living, and natural environments based on Protecting the Spiritual Environment, by purifying the mind through transforming thinking, therefore uplifting the character of humanity and eventually achieving genuine peace and harmony.

The late Chan Master Sheng Yen had been promoting this value since 1993, in the hope to guide people’s way of thinking, enabling them to face and handle problems with a healthy mindset, stay calm in any situation, be concerned with people and the world around them, and remain hopeful for the future.

The Mission of Dharma Drum Mountain

“Protect the Spiritual Environment,
spread Chan Buddhism to the world,
carry out the Three Aspects of Education,
and build a pure land on earth.”


The Common Ethos of Dharma Drum Mountain

  • Our vision: to uplift the character of humanity and build a pure land on earth.
  • Our spirit: to give of ourselves for the benefit of all.
  • Our direction: to return to the original intention of the Buddha and work for the purification of the world.
  • Our approach: to promote comprehensive education and extend loving care to all.

The Three Aspects of Education

  • Education at the Academic Level
  • Public Buddhist Education
  • Education through Comprehensive Social Caring

Four Kinds of Environmentalism

  • Protecting the Spiritual Environment
    • Chan Meditation
  •  Protecting the Natural Environment
    • Recognizing blessings
    • Cherishing blessings
    • Nurturing blessings
    • Sowing the seeds of blessings
  • Protecting the Living Environment
    • Our wants are many
    • Our needs are few
    • Pursue only what you can and should acquire
    • Never pursue what you can’t and shouldn’t acquire
  • Protecting the Social Environment

The Fivefold Spiritual Renaissance Campaign
         —A Proposition for Living in the Twenty-first Century

  • Four Fields for Cultivating Peace:  A Proposition for Uplifting the Character of Humanity
    • Cultivating a peaceful mind lies in reducing desires
    • Cultivating a peaceful body lies in hard work and thrift
    • Cultivating a peaceful family lies in love and respect
    • Cultivating peaceful activity lies in being honest and upright
  • Four Guidelines for Dealing with Desires:  A Proposition for Living a Carefree Life
    • Our needs are few
    • Our wants are many
    • Pursue only what you can and should acquire
    • Never pursue what you can’t and shouldn’t acquire
  • Four Steps for Handling a Problem:  A Proposition for Resolving the Difficulties of Life
    • Face it: face the difficulty squarely
    • Accept it: accept the reality of the difficulty
    • Deal with it: deal with the difficulty with wisdom and compassion
    • Let it go: afterwards, let go of it
  • Four Practices for Helping Oneself and Others:  A Proposition for Getting Along with Others
    • Feeling grateful for the chance to develop
    • Feeling thankful for the opportunity to hone your practice
    • Reforming yourself through the Dharma
    • Influencing others through virtuous action
  • Four Ways to Cultivate Blessings:  A Proposition for Increasing Blessings
    • Recognizing blessings is the greatest happiness
    • Cherishing blessings is the best way of saving