YEAR OF NEWS :
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
At 10 o’clock in the morning of December 14th, DDM’s Yun Lai Monastery in the Beitou District was filled with a strong sense of happiness. Over a hundred newlyweds who will participate in the 19th Buddhist-style joint wedding attended a lecture before the formal ceremony. They watched the video of the DDM founder, the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, to underline the practice of the protection of the spiritual environment. Moreover, DDM arranged three professional lecturers to deliver a speech named “Happy Secret Code of Love”. It aimed to guide the newlyweds to spread the seeds of Bodhi amid marriage and prepare themselves for jointly building a happy family.
On 10 January 2011, Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, and Secretary General of DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, Venerable Guo Qi, arrived in the Kuken Township of Yunlin County in central Taiwan.
The Baoyun Monastery’s groundbreaking ceremony was held on 9 January 2011. Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong, Taichung City Mayor, Mr Jason Hu and Changhua County Government Magistrate, Mr Boyuan Zhuo, were present for celebration.
On 15 January 2011, 72 couples gathered in the Grand Buddha Hall of the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education, Jinshan District of New Taipei City to exchange wedding vows and commit to starting their new families based on Buddhist principles and guidelines.
The first sign of hope in 2011 silently repelled the darkness of the chilly winter in 2010, bringing afresh brightness and energy to everyone. In welcoming the beginning of a new year, Dharma Drum Mountain sincerely wishes everyone is “Content with a Blessed Life”, living a joyful life of dedication and gratitude in the year 2011.
On 25 December 2010, Zhaiming Monastery in Taoyuan held the 2010 End-of-Year Philanthropic Party for disadvantaged families living in the neighboring districts of Daxi, Zhongli and Xinchu. More than one thousand people attended the party and received blessings from Zhaiming’s monastics.
On the afternoon of 11 December, 2010, nearly 1,000 people gathered at Nung Chan Monastery in Taipei for the joyful 2010 Year-End Philanthropy Party of Dharma Drum Mountain.
On 22 December 2010, volunteers from the Hualien Branch Office of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, together with students from Hualien Commercial High School, paid a compassionate visit to a nursing home at Jian Township of Hualien County.
The 8-day Fourth Great Compassion Water and Land Service at Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township of Taipei County marked its successful end on 5 December 2010, following the Dharma ritual of ‘Sending Off the Holy Ones’.
Upon the end of a five-year relief plan in 2009 initiated in Aceh Province of Indonesia for the care of tsunami-afflicted people (which included the construction of orphanages, campuses, activity centers and kindergartens), the Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation mapped out a new two-year subsidy project to provide continued support for poor students in Aceh who have suffered from the 2004 deadly tsunami.