YEAR OF NEWS :
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Promoting Chinese Buddhism had always been a mission of the founder of Dharma Drum Mountain, Master Sheng Yen, who considered Buddhist education as being essential to the future development of Chinese Buddhism. The second Forum on Chinese Buddhism in Recent and Contemporary History, organized by the Sheng Yen Education Foundation, took place at Baoyun Monastery in Taichung from December 18 to 20, 2016, drawing around 20 scholars from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, France, and the US, who dealt with the problems and challenges of modern Chinese Buddhism in terms of Buddhism education, as well as its future opportunities and direction.
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.
On 29 May 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) offered special financial support to 23 financially disadvantaged students in Taitung (eastern Taiwan).
The Dharma Drum Mountain Summer Youth Camp 2011 was held from 8 July to12 July, 2011, at National Chi Nan University in central Taiwan, Nantou. DDM’s Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong visited the camp on 11 July to offer his personal blessings.
On the evening of 30 June, 2011, at the invitation of Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDHSIF), a renowned Taiwanese chef, Master A-Chi (Mr Yen-Chi Cheng), visited Dharma Drum Degui Academy in Taipei City.
On 21 June, 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) donated approximately JYD 3 million (about USD 37,377) to a fundraising campaign recently initiated by Japan’s Rissho University in support of Rissho’s tsunami-affected students.