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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.

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The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) set off on 7 October 2012 for a five-day mission to Haiti, which suffered a deadly earthquake in January 2012, killing approximately 270,000, injuring over 3 million and destroying 90% of buildings in the capital Port-au-Prince.
On the morning of 13 September, 2012, 93-year-old Master Benle of Baozhu Monastery, in Wuhan City of China’s Hebei province, and almost one hundred of Baozhu’s monks and lay practitioners, visited the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education for the first time.
On the morning of 24 September, 2012, both the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Culture and the Nung Chan Monastery received honors for humanitarianism from the Department of Civil Affairs of Taipei City Government at the International Convention Center of National Taiwan University Hospital.
On the evening of 30 September 2012, the Nung Chan Monastery celebrated the 2012 Mid-Autumn Festival with hundreds of devoted followers and performances by the Lodong Dharma Drum Team, Nungchan Dharma Drum Team and other musical items.
On 30 September, 2012 Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) celebrated traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival across the island, including the Ziyun Monastery in Kaohsiung, the Yunji Monastery in Tainan, the Xinxing Monastery in Taitung and the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshang District, New Taipei City.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation went to the Taima Township in Taitung County offering care and relief to people suffering from the effects of Typhoon Tembin, which hit the area on the 24th of August 2012.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation held a 4-day camp from 10-13 August, 2012, at the Shifang High School, Sichuan.
Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, went on a 4-day religious exchange tour from the 20th to the 23rd of September, 2012, to Mainland China.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation held a 5-day camp at the Grand Buddha Chan Monastery in Sichuan, mainland China, from 4-8 August, 2012, promoting the idea of ‘Protecting the Spiritual Environment’ which was advocated by the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, the founder of Dharma Drum Mountain.
On the morning of 2 October 2012, a total of 40 people from the Hospice Foundation of Taiwan, Hong Kong Society of Palliative Medicine and Hong Kong Palliative Nursing Association visited the Eco-Friendly Life Memorial Garden at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
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