YEAR OF NEWS :
Friday, December 06, 2013
DDM has hosted the Buddhist-style joint birthday celebration for the elderly for twenty consecutive years at every branch monastery. The purpose of the event is to promote filial virtue of respecting and loving our parents and the event is usually held around the time of the Double Ninth Festival. This year DDM Anhe Branch Monastery hosted the event on October 10 with over 500 elders and their family members participating. Participation rate was at a record high compared to previous years and the atmosphere was warm and touching.
The universe may one day perish, yet my vows are eternal
"What I am unable to accomplish in this life,
I vow to push forward through countless future lives.
What I am unable to accomplish personally,
I exhort everyone to undertake together."
A delegation from Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM), led by the Principle of Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Venerable Hui Min and the Deputy Abbot of DDM, Venerable Guo Pin attended the 2nd World Buddhist Forum which commenced on 28 March 2009 in Wuxi City of Jiangsu Province of China. The theme of the Forum is "A Harmonious World, A Synergy of Conditions".
On the morning of 15 November, 2009, the Peace of Mind Relief Station at Jiaxian Township of Kaohsiung County was formally inaugurated.
On the morning of 2 August 2009, Zhaiming Monastery situated in Daxi Township, Taoyuan County, was ‘re-inaugurated’ following four years of reconstruction and remodeling work. The Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong presided at the inauguration ceremony.
On the afternoon of 27 September 2009, Dharma Drum Mountain’s General Association of Dharma Upholder hosted a special fair, titled “A Mind at Peace, A Life at Peace - You Are Empowered” in Taoyuan to demonstrate the critical role of virtue in social harmony. Over 2 000 people participated in the event with their families and friends, making the fair full of joy and laughter.
The recent second World Buddhist Forum was organized in two parts. After attending the first part in Wuxi in Jiangsu Province on 28 and 29 March, the participants moved to Taiwan on 30 March to participate in the second part of the Forum that was conducted at different venues on 31 March and 1 April 2009.
The Most Venerable Master Sheng Yen let go of his physical body and left behind great compassion and great vows in this world
On the morning of 19 April 2009, the Nung Chan Monastery hosted a group Refuge-taking Ceremony. Close to 1500 attendees followed the directions of the Abbot, Venerable Guo Dong, to take refuge in the Three Jewels and vow to uphold the five precepts to become compassionate and faithful Buddhists.
On the 28 June 2009, the present second Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong, was elected to remain as the third Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain.
On 1 June 2009, the Deputy Abbot of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM), Venerable Guo Pin, led a team of volunteers from the DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) back into Xiushui Township of Sichuan Province in China. This particular date is celebrated as Children’s Day in mainland China, signifying a day for caring and spreading of the power of virtues.