YEAR OF NEWS :
Thursday, May 15, 2014
A press conference was held on 30 December 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the TV Program, LIGHT UP. LIGHT UP is an educational talk and interview show that focuses on the positive aspects of humanity and emphasis the preciousness of life. The karmic ties between DDM and LIGHT UP began twenty years ago when Chang Guang-Dou, the producer, invited the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen as a guest of the program. The present Abbot President of DDM, venerable Guo Dong, who then served as an entourage secretary of the late venerable Master Sheng Yen, had accompanied the Master to the studio for the interview recording. Thus, he was specifically invited to attend the press conference and provided blessings of virtue and gratitude to people from all walks of life.
On the morning of 11 January 2009, Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) hosted the 14th Buddhist style joint wedding ceremony at Zhongshan Hall of Yangmingshan in Taipei City. The joint wedding event aims to promote Buddhist etiquettes within society.
On the morning of 27 October, 2009, Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) was honorably awarded by Ministry of the Interior (MOI) for its compassionate works in southern and eastern Taiwan during the 88 Flood brought by Typhoon Morakot in early August.
On 30 August 2009, a special Grand Dharma Ritual for the 88 Flood hosted by the Kaoshiung County Government was held at the Weiwu Art Center in Kaohsiung County.
On 28 July 2009, the Ministry of Interior (MIO) awarded Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Foundation, Nung Chan Monastery, Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Culture and Zhaiming Monastery awards for outstanding contributions to charitable work and social education in Taiwan.
With the attendance of over 30,000 faithful followers, the Commemoration and Ash-Burial Ceremony of the Most Venerable Master Sheng Yen were stately convened at the Eco-Friendly Memorial Garden of Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in the afternoon of 15 February 2009, following the end to the 12-Day Solemn Buddhist rituals immediately pursuant to the Most Venerable Master Sheng Yen’s passing on 3 February 2009.
Starting from 14 March, Dharma Drum Mountain Sangha community will be visiting faithful followers and volunteers island-wide with the aim of encouraging all to keep practicing the teachings of Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
Dharma Drum Mountain Sangha Community held the Vesak Festival at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township. Commenced on 1 May 2009, the three-day event commemorated the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha.
Typhoon Morakot that stormed Taiwan from 7 to 9 August 2009 and has inflicted major flooding to southern and eastern Taiwan, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless and brought them heartbreaking losses, especially for villagers inhabiting in Pingtung County, Tainan County, Kaohsiung County and Taitung County.
In the early hours of Wednesday, 12 August 2009, more than sixty Venerables from the DDM Sangha Community and hundreds of volunteers set out to remote villages of Linbian Township, Pintung County in southern Taiwan to provide assistance to the victims of Typhoon Morakot that hit Taiwan from 7 to 9 August. The southern and eastern regions of Taiwan were especially affected by the typhoon.
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) has established the Peace of Mind Relief Stations at Liukuei Township and Jiaxian Township in Kaohsiung County respectively.