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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The first shave to clean all unwholesome karma. The second shave to purify all wholesome karmic roots. The third shave to be ordained to deliver sentient beings. To perfect merit and wisdom - to be clothed in compassion.

These sayings reflect the pursuit of the ultimate meaning of life by the Buddha more than two thousand and five hundred years ago through the renunciation of fame and power.

In the morning of 12th September 2015, thirteen newly ordained novices paid respect to the Triple Gem and their family at the Grand Buddha Hall as their compassionate vows to be ordained were fulfilled on the birthday of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. With the warm wishes of some six hundred attendees, the 2015 Dharma Drum Mountain Sangha Ordination ceremony was successfully completed.

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The President of Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC), Venerable Hui Min and President of Dharma Drum Mountain Community University Mr. Chi-Chuan Tseng, signed the humanistic lecture accord on behalf of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) with Peking University on the 7th November 2012.
On 21 December, the Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong attended the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the return of the head of the Akshobhya Buddha Statute at Shengtung Monastery in the Shandong Province in mainland China.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station at Jiaxian District, Kaohsiung, of the DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation organized an inspirational event on 11 November, 2012, to visit the Christian Bethany Home in Pingtung, where hundreds of people with disabilities receive love of God.
On the morning of 15 December 2012, the Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) held the End-of-Year philanthropic party at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education. More than 600 residents of Shanzhi, Shimen, Wanli and Jinshan attended the event to celebrate and nurture compassion.
On 25 September 2012, the DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) medical team arrived at the Chenjiaba Township in northern Sichuan Province to offer treatment to disadvantaged villagers.
In the afternoon of the 1st of December 2012, the 8-day Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service which took place at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education was drawn to an end with dignities, and with compassionate vows made by thousands of devotees whilst wholeheartedly chanting the holy name ‘Nanmo Amitoufo’ in the Grand Buddha Hall.
Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong visited Dharma Drum Mountain in San Francisco (DDM SF) during 2 - 4 November 2012 where he shared his views on how to make and fulfill vows and approach life with gratitude.
Master Pa Auk Sayadaw visited the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) on 13 November 2012, giving a speech and conducting an exchange of Chan practice at the institution.
The Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong attended a special scholarship ceremony held by the Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders at Taipei Howard Hotel on 10 November 2012.
The Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service 2012 begins from 24 November to 1 December.

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