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.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station of Dharma Drum Mountain and Social Welfare Station (DDMSWCF) in the southern Taiwanese township of Linbian in Pintung County hosted a two-day excursion for the families of 24 households from 7-8 May, 2011.
On 8 May, 2011, Vice Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Pin, accompanied with other medical members from Taipei, arrived at Chenjiaba village of Northern Sichuan in China and co-presided over the inauguration ceremony of the Chenjiaba Medical Center.
On 24 April 2011, Ziyun Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain in Kaohsiung City hosted a special event in which a total of 164 financially disadvantaged students received financial help.
On 3 May, 2011, Venerable Chang Fa, the Vice Secretary General of Dharma Drum Mountain and Social Welfare Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF), volunteers and over 100 residents of Baolai gathered in to celebrate the Bathing of the Buddha Festival and Mother’s Day at the Baolai Community Activity Center in the Liukuei District of Kaohsiung City. .
Starting from14 May, 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) has hosted a number of activities at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan, District of New Taipei City to celebrate the Vesak (the Buddha’s birthday).
The 41st World Earth Day on 22 April, 2011, inspired over 100 million people worldwide to actively engage in activities geared towards environmental protection and sustainability.
On 8 May 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain hosted a jubilant and special event at the Zhongshan Square of Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei to celebrate the Bathing of the Buddha Festival and Mother’s Day.
As a gesture of compassion and care to those who suffered from the deadly tsunami in northern Japan, twenty students from Jiaxian Primary School wrote down their words of encouragement on hand-made postcards.
On 10 April 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation offered financial assistance to a total of 177 disadvantaged students from the Linbian District of Kaohsiung City. Various interesting and entertaining activities were organized for students and their families.
Following a 16-day Dharma pilgrimage in mainland China, 11 members of Dharmāloka, Croatia, visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education from 26 to 30 April, 2011.