YEAR OF NEWS :
Friday, December 06, 2013
DDM has hosted the Buddhist-style joint birthday celebration for the elderly for twenty consecutive years at every branch monastery. The purpose of the event is to promote filial virtue of respecting and loving our parents and the event is usually held around the time of the Double Ninth Festival. This year DDM Anhe Branch Monastery hosted the event on October 10 with over 500 elders and their family members participating. Participation rate was at a record high compared to previous years and the atmosphere was warm and touching.
On 3 June, 2010, the First Primary School and the Xiushui Medical Care Center in the Xiushui Township of Sichuan Province in China were finally inaugurated following a two-year construction period under the auspices of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF).
The four-day International Conference on Contemporary Chinese Buddhism and Thoughts of Master Sheng Yen opened on the morning of 28 May, 2010, at the GIS International Conference Hall of Taipei’s National Taiwan University. This conference is the third event hosted by the Sheng Yen Education Foundation, which aims to promote awareness of the words and teachings of the late Master Sheng Yen in society, to ‘uplift the character of humanity and build a pure land on earth’.
The ceremony of the ‘new’ Nung Chan Monastery finally took place on the morning of 22 May, 2010, at the current site of the Nung Chan Monastery in Taipei. In the future, the new monastery will provide the public with better services, including Chan meditation sessions and lessons on Dharma.
After the devastating earthquake that struck Xiushui Township, in the northern Sichuan Province of China in 2008, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) initiated post-disaster reconstruction projects which have finally reaped results.
It has been two months since the deadly earthquake of magnitude 7 struck Haiti. As the reconstruction work began to unfold, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) dispatched Mr. Chu-Qi Huang (also the Vice President of DDM’s General Association of Dharma Upholders), to Haiti as the representative for post-disaster evaluation from April 14 to 21, 2010.
On 6 May, 2010, six cyclists bearing the 2010 National University and College Games torch arrived at Dharma Drum Buddhist College. In keeping with the need to be more environmentally friendly, this year the traditional torch was replaced with one that had a solar-powered LED bulb in it..
Global warming has a profound impact on animal species all over the world. You might already know that polar bears are particularly at risk now because their habitat is increasingly threatened by global warming. If action is not taken quickly, polar bears may vanish from the Earth. The disappearance of this animal would be a great tragedy.
On April 22, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Foundation and Dharma Drum Mountain Culture and Educational Foundation were honorably awarded with merit by the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) for their long-term achievements in promoting environmentalism in society.
The '2010 Beach Cleanup Campaign' was initiated by the Jin Shan Township Government of Taipei County at Pearl Beach on the morning of 24 April, 2010. In line with the environmentalist philosophy that DDM has lastingly upheld, DDM recruited over five hundred volunteers from neighboring townships of Jin Shan, Wan Li and Shi Men to assist with the beach cleanup.
Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) celebrated its fourth anniversary on 8 April, 2010 at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township of Taipei County, showcasing its various achievements in teaching and embarking on a 'Clean Up the Mountain' campaign for beauty on the campus.