YEAR OF NEWS :
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Smiling Chan Life Hall, which promotes the art of smiling along with Chan teachings based on what the Buddha taught about the mind, held a gratitude sharing meeting at 2 pm on July 29, to show appreciation to volunteers for the time and effort they have contributed. To mark the occasion, the grass and flower seeds contained in the prayer cards people had wrote at the Hall were planted and spread along with Rudrashka seedlings as offerings to Mother Earth, signifying “planting prayers to bring about Bodhi.” The Hall expects itself to inspire more smiles and enable people to enjoy more calm and stability.
On the 15th of April 2012, the Refuge-Taking Ceremony 2012 took place at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
From 3 to 6 May , 2012, the Xinxing Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain in Taitung City, eastern Taiwan, organized a series of activities within the monastery in celebration of Vesak Day and Mother’s Day.
On the morning of 6 May 2012, Nung Chan Monastery of Dharma Drum Mountain held a special Dharma Prayer Ceremony to wish for the success in settling the main structural beam of the new Shuiyue Practice Center in Taipei.
Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong attended the Third World Buddhist Forum held from 25 to 27 April 2012 in Hong Kong to present the ‘Six Ethics of the Mind’. This concept was initially promoted for social peacefulness by the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
On the 3rd of April, 2012 Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong visited the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University, on the invitation of its President, Chun-Chen Zhuo. The school is Venerable Guo Dong’s alma mater from which he graduated 37 years ago.
The Abbot President attended a new book press release of His former Eminence Cardinal Paul Kuo-His Shan in the afternoon of 22 April 2012.
On the morning of the 5th of May 2012, Nung Chan Monastery held a prayer ritual and a gala party to celebrate Vesak Day and Mother’s Day and to arouse one’s awareness of environmentalism.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) works hard on the ideal of ‘Spiritual Environmentalism’.
On the morning of 18 April 2012, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong was invited by the Director General of the National Immigration Agency (NIG), Li-Kung Hsieh, to deliver a speech to around one hundred NIG staff members.
On 13 May 2012 (also the Mother’s Day) Dharma Drum Mountain celebrated Vesak Day. Celebrations took place at the plaza of Taipei City Government and at the plaza of the National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, where almost ten thousand people gathered to practice Chan meditation and the Eight Form Moving Meditation.