YEAR OF NEWS :
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
As the lyrics of the Song Of The Triple Gem goes: “The nights in human and heavenly realms are long, and the universe deluded and dark; so who is going to illuminate it?” The Dharma Drum Sangha University held its 2016 tonsure ceremony on the morning of August 31 at the Grand Buddha Hall of Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education, for seven student monks vowing to devote themselves to Buddhist practices and benefitting the world. More than 400 people attended the ceremony to extend their congratulations. Ven. Yan Xian, one of the newly ordained, was accompanied by her sister, who performed the “offering the robe” ritual for her before she formally put on the monastic robe. This added a special touch for the ceremony, making the atmosphere all the more heartwarming.
On the afternoon of 19 December 2012, Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) held a special lecture, titled ‘Experience of Trauma Resiliency at Fukushima’, where Dr. Tetsunori Koizumi and Dr. Hisako Koizumi, were invited to share their experiences on post-traumatic spiritual recovery after the Fukushima accident that occurred on 11 March 2011.
On the afternoon of 13 January 2013, 64 couples, receiving blessings from the DDM Sangha, tied the lifelong knot and took oaths in the Grand Buddha Hall of the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education. Couples from South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Great Britain, and Mainland China participated in the joint Buddhist wedding ceremony.
On the morning of 16 December 2012, the Nung Chan Monastery held the end-of-year philanthropic party where thousands of people living in the Beitou District of Taipei City attended to celebrate and nurture a compassionate mind.
On the afternoon of 9 January 2013, students of the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) went to an aged care facility in the Wanli District of New Taipei City to visit and offer residents at the home DDM Sangha blessing for 2013.
Following its inauguration on 30 December 2012, the Shuiyue Practice Center of the Nung Chan Monastery held its first Refuge-Taking Ceremony on the following morning.
The newly completed Shuiyue Practice Center of the Nung Chan Monastery held a prostration event of worship on 31 December 2012 as a special way to refresh the mind and to celebrate the New Year.
On the morning of 29 December 2012, DDM Shuiyue Practice Center of the Nung Chan Monastery was inaugurated for humanitarian operations, such as Chan meditation and summer camps.
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.