YEAR OF NEWS :
Thursday, May 15, 2014
A press conference was held on 30 December 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the TV Program, LIGHT UP. LIGHT UP is an educational talk and interview show that focuses on the positive aspects of humanity and emphasis the preciousness of life. The karmic ties between DDM and LIGHT UP began twenty years ago when Chang Guang-Dou, the producer, invited the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen as a guest of the program. The present Abbot President of DDM, venerable Guo Dong, who then served as an entourage secretary of the late venerable Master Sheng Yen, had accompanied the Master to the studio for the interview recording. Thus, he was specifically invited to attend the press conference and provided blessings of virtue and gratitude to people from all walks of life.
The aftermath of Typhoon Washi that hit northern Mindanao, Philippines, between the 16th and 17th of December 2011 was devastating.
On the 15th of April 2012, the Refuge-Taking Ceremony 2012 took place at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
From 3 to 6 May , 2012, the Xinxing Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain in Taitung City, eastern Taiwan, organized a series of activities within the monastery in celebration of Vesak Day and Mother’s Day.
On the morning of 6 May 2012, Nung Chan Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain held a special Dharma Prayer Ceremony to wish for the success in settling the main structural beam of the new Shuiyue Practice Center in Taipei.
Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong attended the Third World Buddhist Forum held from 25 to 27 April 2012 in Hong Kong to present the ‘Six Ethics of the Mind’. This concept was initially promoted for social peacefulness by the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
On the 3rd of April, 2012 Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong visited the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University, on the invitation of its President, Chun-Chen Zhuo. The school is Venerable Guo Dong’s alma mater from which he graduated 37 years ago.
The Abbot President attended a new book press release of His former Eminence Cardinal Paul Kuo-His Shan in the afternoon of 22 April 2012.
On the morning of the 5th of May 2012, Nung Chan Monastery held a prayer ritual and a gala party to celebrate Vesak Day and Mother’s Day and to arouse one’s awareness of environmentalism.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) works hard on the ideal of ‘Spiritual Environmentalism’.
On the morning of 18 April 2012, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong was invited by the Director General of the National Immigration Agency (NIG), Li-Kung Hsieh, to deliver a speech to around one hundred NIG staff members.