YEAR OF NEWS :
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.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Public Social University of Dharma Drum Mountain, the Dharma Drum Mountain hosted a music concert on the evening of 18 August, 2012, at the Wanli Elementary School, attracting hundreds of people in the vicinity to attend.
On the afternoon of 8 August, 2012, the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Mr. Ying-Jeou Ma presented a special award to Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong in appreciation of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation's exceptional work on reconstruction efforts in southern Taiwan following Typhoon Morakot on 7 August, 2009.
In the afternoon of 15 August, 2012, Venerable Master Ukmara Bhivamsa made his first visit to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education for an exchange of Theravada and orthodox Chinese Buddhism.
In the afternoon of 15 August 2012, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong attended a painted stone exhibition by Ms Qin Law, held at the Eslite Bookstore in Taipei’s Hsinyi District.
It is so easy for one to become tense in situations, both mentally and physically, while facing different pressures in life. It’s unavoidable that our efficiency for learning and working falters under these conditions.
The Dharma Drum Mountain offers its deepest condolence on the death of His Eminence Cardinal Paul Shan (Kuo-Hsi, Shan), who had died at the age of 90 on the evening of 22 August 2012 after a long battle with lung cancer.
On the morning of 25 July 2012, 170 students and monastics participated in the 2nd Chan Camp for Youths Across the Strait conducted by the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education where they learned and experienced DDM’s unique Chan traditions.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation hosted the Camp of Life Education at the First Primary School at Xiushui Township of northern Sichuan between 29th and 30th July 2012 for the education of ‘Protecting the Spiritual Environment’.
Dharma Drum Mountain hosted three camps at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education since the first camp was conducted on 28 July 2012, and the last camp was held on 12 August 2012.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the introduction of “Protecting the Spiritual Environment” by Venerable Master Sheng Yen, the Tien Nan Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain in Sanxia District of New Taipei City hosted a 4-day summer camp for a total of 109 teachers studying Chan (Zen) meditation , and cultivating the mindset of mindfulness.