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.
On 28 July 2010, over a hundred university students and teachers from Taiwan and mainland China paid their inaugural visit to the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) attended the 2010 Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) held at Washington Convention Center of Washington D.C., United States of America, from 22nd to 23rd July 2010.
In the morning of 3 August 2010, The Chung Hwa Institute of Buddhist Education, Dharma Drum Buddhist Foundation, Nung Chan Monastery and Yunlai Monastery were acclaimed by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) as a group of organizations for their long term dedication to social charities.
On 2 July, 2010, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong gave a speech at the National Security Bureau (NSB), Taiwan’s principal intelligence agency, in Taipei on how to maintain a calm state of mind while experiencing highly stressful situations.
It was a rare occasion for Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) to celebrate the Bamboo Shoot Festival with Jiaxian’s storm-afflicted villagers, Kaohsiung County, on 26 and 27 June 2010.
On the morning of 10 June, 2010, the Secretary of Anxian’s Party Committee of Mianyang City in northern Sichuan, Mr. Li Wang, led a ten-member delegation to pay their first visit to the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in the Jinshan Township of Taipei County.
The Vice President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) in mainland China, Mr. Min An, recently paid his first visit to the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education located in the Jinshan Township of Taipei County on the morning of 29 May, 2010.
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.