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 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.
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..