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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Promoting Chinese Buddhism had always been a mission of the founder of Dharma Drum Mountain, Master Sheng Yen, who considered Buddhist education as being essential to the future development of Chinese Buddhism. The second Forum on Chinese Buddhism in Recent and Contemporary History, organized by the Sheng Yen Education Foundation, took place at Baoyun Monastery in Taichung from December 18 to 20, 2016, drawing around 20 scholars from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, France, and the US, who dealt with the problems and challenges of modern Chinese Buddhism in terms of Buddhism education, as well as its future opportunities and direction.


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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.
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.
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