YEAR OF NEWS :
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Dharma Drum Singapore, which has relocated six times, held a refuge-taking ceremony at the Kallang Theatre on July 25th afternoon to mark its 20th anniversary, where Dharma Drum Mountain abbot president, Ven. Guo Dong, gave large public lecture on ”Forgive and Let Go, Favourable Conditions Arise!” A video was played showing the history of Dharma Drum Singapore, to celebrate its 20 years of development. Nearly 1,300 people attended the event, including Chen Ziling, former Prime Minister of Singapore Wu Zuodong’s wife, Ven. Guo Jun, abbot of the Mahabodhi Monastery, and Ven. Bhikshuni Yongnan, abbot of Longquan Temple, among other honored guests, jointly witnessing over 100 devotees taking refuge in the Three Jewels.
On the morning of 13 July, 2011, sixty Buddhist monastics from the Buddhist College of Minnan from the southern Fujian Province of mainland China visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World College for Buddhist Education in the Jinshan District of Taipei City.
The late Master Sheng Yen’s first western Dharma heir, the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, Dr. John Crook, passed away on 15 July, 2011, at the age of 83.
On the afternoon of 23 June, 2011, Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDHSIF), held a music concert at the main auditorium of Taipei Prison, Agency of Corrections, Ministry of Justice.
On 29 May 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) offered special financial support to 23 financially disadvantaged students in Taitung (eastern Taiwan).
The Dharma Drum Mountain Summer Youth Camp 2011 was held from 8 July to12 July, 2011, at National Chi Nan University in central Taiwan, Nantou. DDM’s Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong visited the camp on 11 July to offer his personal blessings.
On the evening of 30 June, 2011, at the invitation of Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDHSIF), a renowned Taiwanese chef, Master A-Chi (Mr Yen-Chi Cheng), visited Dharma Drum Degui Academy in Taipei City.
On 21 June, 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) donated approximately JYD 3 million (about USD 37,377) to a fundraising campaign recently initiated by Japan’s Rissho University in support of Rissho’s tsunami-affected students.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station, of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) in Liukuei District of Kaohsiung City, held a joyful half-day program for the elderly on the morning of 7 June 2011 in Baolai.
The 16th International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) conference was formally wrapped up on the afternoon of 24 June 2011, following a warm and touching closing remark given by Venerable Guo Dong, the Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain.
On 26 June, 2011 (Sunday), Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) organized its yearly thesis presentation event for the graduating class of year 2011.