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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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For students wishing to further their understanding of the meaning of the life, activities on life education were initiated by The Peace of Mind Relief Station of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) in Northern Sichuan, mainland China.
On the morning of 11 November 2011, a group of honorable guests, including the Deputy Minister of China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), Mr. Lebin Zhang, and Vice President of The Buddhist Association of China, Venerable Yinshun, visited the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
On the morning of 17 November, 2011, Venerable Guo Dong (Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain) attended a ceremony for the inauguration of The National Nuclear Emergency Responses Center in the Jinshan district.
The 5th Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service of Dharma Drum Mountain has begun at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
The Peace of Mind Relief Station of DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) at Liuguei District of Kaohsiung City held activities for the elderly living at the Baolai Community on the morning of 1 November, 2011.
The Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDHSIF) has won the 9th National Civic Service Award for its long term dedication and contributions to charities.
The inauguration of the new Chan Hall of Zhaiming Monastery was celebrated on the morning of 15 October 2011.
On the morning of 16 October, 2011, two hundred people from the areas of Hualien and Taitung gathered at the Grand Buddha Hall of Xinxing Monastery in Taitung to take refuge in the Three Jewels and to make their vows to observe the Five Precepts becoming a faithful Buddhist.
Manifesting our innate great compassion, praying for the cessation of suffering for all sentient beings.

The 2011 Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service welcomes you.

The Dharma Drum Mountain World Centre for Buddhist Education organized an interesting volunteer event on 2 October 2011 morning and despite there being some rain, 150 volunteers gathered at the Wish-Fulfilling Guanyin Hall to help clean the pebble stones from the Wish-Fulfilling Pool.

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