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.
To help examinees have a better understanding and appreciation of the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) and their possibly upcoming monastic life there, the DDSU specially held a two-day monastic camp at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education from the 16th to the 18th March, 2012.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) visited the quake-afflicted students at Mianyang High School in northern Sichuan, China on the 7th February 2012, and offered care and financial aid to the students.
On 25 February 2012, the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education cordially welcomed Venerable Phraratpraiyattayaporn, the President of the Sangha Community in the Pathumthani Province of Thailand, together with thirty other Buddhist monastics.
On the 19th of February 2012, the Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong, attended an assembly of the Dharma Practice Society of Dharma Drum Mountain at the Baoyun Monastery in Taichung.
The DDM Cultural Center participated in the 20th Taipei International Book Exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center from 1 - 6 February, 2012, whereby DDM showed visitors the art of Chan with its publications and eco-friendly products.
The DDM Awakening Camp 2012, hosted by Dharma Drum Sangha University, commenced on the 2nd February 2012 at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
Dharma Drum Mountain celebrated the 20th anniversary of its ‘Spiritual Environmentalism’ movement on the morning of 5 February, 2012, at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
The Dharma Drum Mountain has marked the year 2012 as the Year of Protecting Spiritual Environment.
Despite the chilly weather and rain, over two thousand followers of the triple gem gathered together to welcome the Year of the Dragon at the Lotus Park at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
The 17th Buddhist Joint Wedding ceremony of Dharma Drum Mountain on the morning of 1 January 2012 saw one hundred and eight couples tied the knot, making faithful vows to uphold the ‘Three Jewels’ (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) in their family life.