YEAR OF NEWS :
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Dharma Assembly of Transmitting the Light was held at 7:00 p.m. on February 27, 2015 in memory of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, the founder of DDM, who passed away six years ago. This ceremony was simultaneously held at Dharma Drum Mountain and its affiliated monasteries, such as the Nung Chan Monastery, Anhe Branch Monastery and Zhaiming Monastery, just to name a few. Ven. Guo Dong, the Abbot President of DDM, led the DDM Sangha as well as nearly a thousand devotees in lighting lamp bowls to symbolize the continued wisdom of the Buddha as well as upholding the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen’s great compassionate vows.
On the afternoon of 11 December, 2010, nearly 1,000 people gathered at Nung Chan Monastery in Taipei for the joyful 2010 Year-End Philanthropy Party of Dharma Drum Mountain.
On 22 December 2010, volunteers from the Hualien Branch Office of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, together with students from Hualien Commercial High School, paid a compassionate visit to a nursing home at Jian Township of Hualien County.
The 8-day Fourth Great Compassion Water and Land Service at Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township of Taipei County marked its successful end on 5 December 2010, following the Dharma ritual of ‘Sending Off the Holy Ones’.
Upon the end of a five-year relief plan in 2009 initiated in Aceh Province of Indonesia for the care of tsunami-afflicted people (which included the construction of orphanages, campuses, activity centers and kindergartens), the Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation mapped out a new two-year subsidy project to provide continued support for poor students in Aceh who have suffered from the 2004 deadly tsunami.
Vice Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Pin, went to Sichuan, China from 18 to 22 October, 2010, to initiate the fourth award of stipends for disadvantaged students.
On 5 December, 2010, Vice Mayor of Mianyang City, Sichuan, Mr. Qi Zhao, and 19 other members visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township of Taipei County.
On 11 and 12 December 2010, volunteers from Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) hosted a two-day Camp at the Xialin Primary School of Miaoli County.
Minxin High School, located in Xiushui Township of Mianyang City in Sichuan, held the first ‘Week of Spiritual Environmentalism and Art’ event from 8 to 10 December 2010 to educate students about Spiritual Environmentalism through various programs.
On 29 October, 2010, the ninth medical team was dispatched by Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation to assist the 2004 South Asia Tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.
The Rian Activity Center, located in the Fanlu Township of Jiayi County, was officially opened on 6 November 2010.