YEAR OF NEWS :
Thursday, May 15, 2014
A press conference was held on 30 December 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the TV Program, LIGHT UP. LIGHT UP is an educational talk and interview show that focuses on the positive aspects of humanity and emphasis the preciousness of life. The karmic ties between DDM and LIGHT UP began twenty years ago when Chang Guang-Dou, the producer, invited the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen as a guest of the program. The present Abbot President of DDM, venerable Guo Dong, who then served as an entourage secretary of the late venerable Master Sheng Yen, had accompanied the Master to the studio for the interview recording. Thus, he was specifically invited to attend the press conference and provided blessings of virtue and gratitude to people from all walks of life.
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.
Vice Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Pin, went to Sichuan, China from 18 to 22 October, 2010, to initiate the fourth award of stipends for disadvantaged students.
On 5 December, 2010, Vice Mayor of Mianyang City, Sichuan, Mr. Qi Zhao, and 19 other members visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township of Taipei County.
On 11 and 12 December 2010, volunteers from Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) hosted a two-day Camp at the Xialin Primary School of Miaoli County.