YEAR OF NEWS :
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.
On the afternoon of 8 August 2011, the Executive Director of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF), Mr Hung-Chi Chiang, attended a press conference held by the Morakot Post-Disaster Reconstruction Council.
Over sixty students and staff of Mianyang High School of Northern Sichuan, China, visited Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in the Jinshan District of New Taipei City on the morning of 7 August, 2011.
On 22 July, 2011, Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM), Venerable Guo Dong, attended the funeral of Master Wu Ming, who passed away on 19 July, 2011, at the age of 102.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) held the 2011 Summer Camp of Protecting the Spiritual Environment in Sichuan, China.
Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi, former President of Maha Bodhi Society in India and current Chairperson of Spice Telecom, paid his first visit to the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District of New Taipei City on the morning of 31 July, 2011.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) was invited to attend the Centenary Democratic Forum of Republic of China (Taiwan) co-hosted by the Council for Cultural Affairs of Executive Yuan and the Republic of China (Taiwan) Centenary Foundation.
Volunteers of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) in Hsinchu City held a mangrove wetland camp which was attended by 22 students on 11 June, 2011.
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.