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.
On 10 January 2011, Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, and Secretary General of DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, Venerable Guo Qi, arrived in the Kuken Township of Yunlin County in central Taiwan.
The Baoyun Monastery’s groundbreaking ceremony was held on 9 January 2011. Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong, Taichung City Mayor, Mr Jason Hu and Changhua County Government Magistrate, Mr Boyuan Zhuo, were present for celebration.
On 15 January 2011, 72 couples gathered in the Grand Buddha Hall of the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education, Jinshan District of New Taipei City to exchange wedding vows and commit to starting their new families based on Buddhist principles and guidelines.
The first sign of hope in 2011 silently repelled the darkness of the chilly winter in 2010, bringing afresh brightness and energy to everyone. In welcoming the beginning of a new year, Dharma Drum Mountain sincerely wishes everyone is “Content with a Blessed Life”, living a joyful life of dedication and gratitude in the year 2011.
On 25 December 2010, Zhaiming Monastery in Taoyuan held the 2010 End-of-Year Philanthropic Party for disadvantaged families living in the neighboring districts of Daxi, Zhongli and Xinchu. More than one thousand people attended the party and received blessings from Zhaiming’s monastics.
On the afternoon of 11 December, 2010, nearly 1,000 people gathered at Nung Chan Monastery in Taipei for the joyful 2010 Year-End Philanthropy Party of Dharma Drum Mountain.
On 22 December 2010, volunteers from the Hualien Branch Office of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, together with students from Hualien Commercial High School, paid a compassionate visit to a nursing home at Jian Township of Hualien County.
The 8-day Fourth Great Compassion Water and Land Service at Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township of Taipei County marked its successful end on 5 December 2010, following the Dharma ritual of ‘Sending Off the Holy Ones’.
Upon the end of a five-year relief plan in 2009 initiated in Aceh Province of Indonesia for the care of tsunami-afflicted people (which included the construction of orphanages, campuses, activity centers and kindergartens), the Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation mapped out a new two-year subsidy project to provide continued support for poor students in Aceh who have suffered from the 2004 deadly tsunami.