YEAR OF NEWS :
Monday, June 27, 2016
On June 18th, 2016, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) and Dharma Drum Sangha University held a joint graduation and program completion ceremony at the International Conference Hall of Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education. In both academic dress and the Buddhist scarf, graduates sang the Song for the Three Jewels that signifies benefitting others to mark the meaning of graduation. Before awarding the certificates, Ven. Guo Dong, abbot president of DDM, and Ven. Hui Min, president of DILA, along with representatives of the teaching faculty, handed the scarves and candle lamps to the 40 graduates, as an encouragement for them to walk the Bodhisattva path with courage. More than 400 relatives and friends of the graduates also attended the ceremony and gave their blessings.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Taiwan, hosted the Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP with Taiwan) for a month of field study from October 12 through November 8, 2014. On October 25, 31 members of PILP with Taiwan, representatives of MOFA as well as 12 Dharma Drum for Young People (DDYP) visited DDM World Center for Buddhist Education (DDMWCBE) in the evening as part of a cultural exchange program, particularly to experience the culture of Chinese Buddhism. They were guided to the Wish-Fulfilling Guanyin Bodhisattva Hall and given an explanation of the meaning of “Rising Great Compassion” as well as the resolution of the Guanyin Bodhisattva to relieve all sentient beings from suffering; in the Great Buddha Hall, they were shown the technique of bowing to the Buddha; and lastly to the dining hall to experience the dining ambiance of the monastery.
Protection of Spiritual Environment is the core idea of Dharma Drum Mountain which every event of DDM is organized by. In combination of elements of religion, technology, and humanities, 2014 Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service demonstrates how to well maintain the interrelationship among human beings, society, and the nature through a creative and educational way for bringing a peaceful mind and life to everyone from all walks of the society.
(Translated by Tom Hsieh)
The annual Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service has started from December 6, 2014, and it will last until December 13, 2014. Please jointly witness every moment of the solemn and Dharma service.
(Translated by Tom Hsieh)
The International Conference on Buddhist Meditative Traditions: A Comparison & Dialogue was held on Oct. 25 and 26, 2014 to explain different aspects of Buddhist Meditation to the public. This conference was organizes by the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) and scholars from different countries were invited to present their views on this subject. Amongst those present were Bhikkhu Anālayo from the University of Hamburg in Germany, Bart Dessein from Ghent University in Belgium and Sāmaṇerī Dhammadinnā from DILA, just to name a few.
Dharma Voice for Animal (DVA) is an organization in San Diego, U.S., that promotes animal rights based on the teaching of the Buddha. The late Ven. Master Sheng Yen, founder of DDM, on the other hand, advocated the practice of cultivating compassion through vegetarianism; this was also the reason Bob Isaacson, president of DVA, visited DDM World Center for Buddhist Education (DDMWCBE). On the morning of October 21, 2014, President Isaacson, Chang Li Chun, Director of Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDHSIF) as well as Cheng Mei Ling, a devotee of DDM, had a dialogue to promote vegetarianism and Daily Life Ethics.
The DDM Anhe Branch Monastery in downtown Taipei hosted a Buddhist-style Joint Birthday Celebration for the Elderly on Monday morning, October 10, 2014. About one thousand seniors and their family members attended this celebration. The participants recited the Heart Sutra, Verses of the Medicine Buddha as well as his sacred name to pray for the well-being of all seniors present in addition to the well-being of all sentient beings.
The third lecture of the Wisdom of Fa Hua (Lotus Sutra in Chinese) lecture series started at 2 p.m. on Oct 19, 2014 at the Taichung City Hall. In this lecture, Alan Ko, a new generation of Asian pop singer, Shen Hsin-Ling, winner of the Ten Outstanding Youth and Ven. Guo. Yi, DDM Sangha representative, discussed issues revolving around the theme “Treasures of the Heart”. Each speaker narrated how they transformed their life of poverty into a driving force to succeed.
The Buddhist Lotus Hospice Care Foundation is a Buddhist hospice that uses Buddhist philosophy and practices to comfort and inspire the dying as well as the bereaved. Its 10th Buddha Dharma and Hospice Care symposium was held on October 10 to commemorate its 20th anniversary. The Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, as well as several community representatives were invited to deliver the opening speech at 9 a.m.; these speakers expressed their gratitude to the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen for the Dharma affinity he created lasting until today.
The opening ceremony of DDM Hong Kong Island Center on Queen’s Road West was held on October 11, 2014. At 11 a.m., the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, led devotees in a consecrated chanting session to bless the center.
DDM will be organizing the 2014 Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service from December 6 through 12. Besides, from October 18 through November 21, a series of special exhibitions warming up the said dharma service. Among them, a special exhibition themed the “Missing Post Office” (a real Japanese post office which specially deals with postcards and mail without addressees) invites the general public to write in a postcard their feeling of unhappiness, regret, yearning, lost love, etc.; these postcards are then displayed in the “Missing Post Office”. The purpose of this process is to enable those who are suffering to face and let go of their unhappiness or sorrow. In addition, devotees could utilize DDM’s Digital Prayer system to pray for the well-being of themselves as well as others. Participation in the form of volunteers during the service is also a good way to gain some merits. Those who wish to support the event by volunteering are invited to sign up at the DDM Volunteers Room.