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.
On 13 May 2012 (also the Mother’s Day) Dharma Drum Mountain celebrated Vesak Day. Celebrations took place at the plaza of Taipei City Government and at the plaza of the National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, where almost ten thousand people gathered to practice Chan meditation and the Eight Form Moving Meditation.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation formed a dedicated team of instructors to present the Six Ethics of the Mind in Kaohsiung City.
On the morning of 16 April 2012, Zhanzong Rinpoche of the Taiwan-based Tibet Religious Foundation of H. H. the Dalai Lama visited DDM’s Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong and the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, to gain some further understanding of DDM’s progress with Buddhist education.
The Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) celebrated its 5th anniversary on the 8th of April, 2012 at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
Former President of Hua Fan University, Venerable Lung Xun, along with 16 other lay practitioners, visited the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education on 19 March 2012.
On 8 March, 2012, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong was invited to attend the 80th anniversary of Cheng Ching Hospital in Taichung City, to give an inspirational talk to the hospital’s physicians and nurses.
On 16 March 2012, Abbot Venerable Fa Yao (Dhammadipa) of Chuang Yen Monastery, home of the Buddhist Association of the United States, paid his first visit to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
To raise awareness of eco-conservation among monastics of DDM and the students of the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC), a lecture on ‘Endangered Species in the Plant Kingdom’ was specially held by the DDBC at the World Center for Buddhist Education on the 11th of March, 2012. .
The Dharma Drum Buddhist College and the Academy of Korean Studies signed a collaboration agreement together on 2 March, 2012, pledging to jointly enhance Buddhist studies and boost academic exchange.
On the 25th of February, 2012, 17 permanent houses have been built at Lungxin, in the Liuquei District of Kaohsiung City for the flood-afflicted victims. They were formally opened by the DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation and the Kaohsiung City Government.