YEAR OF NEWS :
Friday, October 17, 2014
The Water and Land Dharma Service is the biggest dharma service event in Chinese Buddhism. Dharma Drum Mountain will be organizing The Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service from December 6 through 13, 2014; applications for certain individual altar positions will be open to the public from October 11, 2014. In addition, DDM is utilizing digital memorial tablets as well as cloud computing system for the chanting sessions to reflect on its environmental protection policy; with immediate effect, those interested to serve as volunteers for this event can sign up with the DDM Volunteers Room.
On 28 February 2009, the Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, hosted the medical team from the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) on a tour of the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township.
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.