YEAR OF NEWS :
Friday, July 29, 2016
The 6th International Conference on Contemporary English Buddhism and the Thought of Master Sheng Yen was held at the GIS National Taiwan University Convention Center, Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C. on July 1, 2016. Organized by the Sangha assembly and Sheng Yen Education Foundation, the opening ceremony started at 9:00 am with 74 articles presented in this three-day conference. Ven. Guo-Dong, the Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, indicated that this conference is a follow-up to the teaching and thought of Master Sheng Yen; Dharma Drum Mountain hopes to open dialogues and discussion on Buddhism’s further contribution to the society as well as its role in purifying the heart and society through Buddhist practices in our daily lives.
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.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation formed a dedicated team of instructors to present the Six Ethics of the Mind in Kaohsiung City.
On the morning of 16 April 2012, Zhanzong Rinpoche of the Taiwan-based Tibet Religious Foundation of H. H. the Dalai Lama visited DDM’s Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong and the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, to gain some further understanding of DDM’s progress with Buddhist education.
The Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) celebrated its 5th anniversary on the 8th of April, 2012 at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.