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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
As the lyrics of the Song Of The Triple Gem goes: “The nights in human and heavenly realms are long, and the universe deluded and dark; so who is going to illuminate it?” The Dharma Drum Sangha University held its 2016 tonsure ceremony on the morning of August 31 at the Grand Buddha Hall of Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education, for seven student monks vowing to devote themselves to Buddhist practices and benefitting the world. More than 400 people attended the ceremony to extend their congratulations. Ven. Yan Xian, one of the newly ordained, was accompanied by her sister, who performed the “offering the robe” ritual for her before she formally put on the monastic robe. This added a special touch for the ceremony, making the atmosphere all the more heartwarming.

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To raise awareness of eco-conservation among monastics of DDM and the students of the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC), a lecture on ‘Endangered Species in the Plant Kingdom’ was specially held by the DDBC at the World Center for Buddhist Education on the 11th of March, 2012. .

The Dharma Drum Buddhist College and the Academy of Korean Studies signed a collaboration agreement together on 2 March, 2012, pledging to jointly enhance Buddhist studies and boost academic exchange.
On the 25th of February, 2012, 17 permanent houses have been built at Lungxin, in the Liuquei District of Kaohsiung City for the flood-afflicted victims. They were formally opened by the DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation and the Kaohsiung City Government.
To help examinees have a better understanding and appreciation of the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) and their possibly upcoming monastic life there, the DDSU specially held a two-day monastic camp at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education from the 16th to the 18th March, 2012.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) visited the quake-afflicted students at Mianyang High School in northern Sichuan, China on the 7th February 2012, and offered care and financial aid to the students.
On 25 February 2012, the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education cordially welcomed Venerable Phraratpraiyattayaporn, the President of the Sangha Community in the Pathumthani Province of Thailand, together with thirty other Buddhist monastics.
On the 19th of February 2012, the Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong, attended an assembly of the Dharma Practice Society of Dharma Drum Mountain at the Baoyun Monastery in Taichung.
The DDM Cultural Center participated in the 20th Taipei International Book Exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center from 1 - 6 February, 2012, whereby DDM showed visitors the art of Chan with its publications and eco-friendly products.
The DDM Awakening Camp 2012, hosted by Dharma Drum Sangha University, commenced on the 2nd February 2012 at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
Dharma Drum Mountain celebrated the 20th anniversary of its ‘Spiritual Environmentalism’ movement on the morning of 5 February, 2012, at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
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