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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 DDM World Center for Buddhist Education hosted a four-day summer camp from 12th to 16th July 2012. The camp gave 150 children an opportunity to experience Chan joy, to sense mindful tranquility and learn more about Buddhism.
On 7-8 July 2012, the Da An Branch office of Dharma Drum Mountain in Taipei City held a two-day summer camp at Taipei’s Da An Forest Park,to allow children to enjoy the practice of Chan (Zen), and to get acquainted with Buddhist etiquettes and the idea of Protecting the Spiritual Environment.
In the 7-day Chan retreat, one learns to isolate oneself from the past and future, and becomes focused on the present. One pays no attention to what other people think,say or do and therefore releases oneself from any entanglement with others.

On the morning of 23 July 2012, President of Taiwan Association Philippines INC., Mr. David Shih (Ming-Hsin Shih), on behalf of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, visited the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education and handed the Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong a letter entitled Resolution No. 258.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station of DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) in Jiaxian City of Kaohsiung hosted a 3–day summer camp for 100 financially disadvantaged students living in remote villages.
The President of China Poly Group Corporation, Zhengao Zhang, visited DDM World Center for Buddhist Education for the first time on 4 July 2012.
On 29 June 2012, Dharma Drum Mountain Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDMHSIF) attended Hualien Prison in the afternoon of 29 June, 2012,to host a music concert and introduce inmates the Six Ethics of the Mind.
An inauguration ceremony was held on the morning of 28 June 2012, to celebrate the successful completion of the second phase of construction at Shuxue Township, Sichuan.
The Sheng Yen Education Foundation hosted the 4th International Sheng Yen Education Foundation Conference from 1st to 4th June 2012 at the Convention Center of National Taiwan University, where over a hundred of Buddhist scholars and professionals from around the world attended, and over sixty well-researched papers on the Master’s thoughts were presented.
On 12 June, 2012, the 39-member delegation of the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region visited DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District of New Taipei City for the first time to enhance their understanding of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen’s vision.
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