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.
As a gesture of compassion and care to those who suffered from the deadly tsunami in northern Japan, twenty students from Jiaxian Primary School wrote down their words of encouragement on hand-made postcards.
On 10 April 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation offered financial assistance to a total of 177 disadvantaged students from the Linbian District of Kaohsiung City. Various interesting and entertaining activities were organized for students and their families.
Following a 16-day Dharma pilgrimage in mainland China, 11 members of Dharmāloka, Croatia, visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education from 26 to 30 April, 2011.
On 17 April 2011, over 1,200 people faithfully assembled at the Grand Buddha Hall of Nung Chan Monastery in Taipei City to take the refuge in the Three Jewels and pledged to follow the teachings of the Three Jewels ─ the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
On 10 April 2011, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation offered financial assistance awards to a total of 125 Morakot-afflicted students in Jiaxian District of Kaohsiung City in the hope of encouraging them to commit to their studies, despite living in difficulties caused by Typhoon Morakot in August 2009.
On 26 March 2011, the Peace of Mind Relief Station in Liukuei District, Kaohsiung City, which operates under the Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, offered financial assistance to a total of 277 students who were disadvantaged by Typhoon Morakot, the deadliest typhoon to impact Taiwan in recorded history.
8 April, 2011, has marked a special and wonderful occasion for all Buddhists in Taiwan. The internationally renowned Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of the Plum Village in France, paid his second visit to Dharma Drum Mountain.
On 2 April 2011, the work of constructing permanent residence for the typhoon Morakot-afflicted people residing in Taoyuan District and Liukuei District of Kaohsiung City was cheerfully inaugurated.
Prior to the Transmission Day of Dharma Light on 12 February at the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education, a music concert was held at Taipei’s Sun Yat-San Memorial Hall on 10th and 11th February 2011 in memory of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
The Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (DDHSIF) has launched a new cooperation program with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in support of the Six Ethics of the Mind campaign.