YEAR OF NEWS :
Friday, May 24, 2013
On the morning of 5 May 2013, the Tainan Branch of Dharma Drum Mountain held a Dharma Assembly in celebration of Vesak Day.
Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) hosted a two-day international conference to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Chinese Buddhist Text Association (CBETA) and the great achievements in Buddhist scripture digitization over the years. The conference was held on 16-17 February 2008, at Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township, Taipei County.
Can repentance really earn one's salvation? To address this question, Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) and the Academic Sinica hosted a joint Symposium of Falling, Repentance and Salvation from 4th to 6th December, 2008.
Why is one born a female? Is it because in previous lives her methods of practice are inferior to that of a male practitioner by more than five hundred years? Can a woman become an ordained priest?
Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) has dispatched its fourth relief team to quake-affected regions in Sichuan province since the recent earthquake. Survivors of the earthquake welcomed DDM's relief team comprising of medical personnel along with young and energetic members of Dharma Drum Youth Buddhist Society (DDYBS), learning and contributing immensely in the process.
Starting from 22 September 2008, the delegation of Dharma Drum Mountain's Sangha community, led by the Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong, embarked on its first seven-day Buddhist exchange and visit in China.
On 25 February 2008, the Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation organized a relief team to Guangxi Province to provide a total of 42 tons of relief material as a form of humanitarian assistance to the victims of this snow-stricken area. The team included Guan-Yu Huang, Jian-Hsin Chen, Feng-Zhi Sheu, Zhi-Gang Shang and Sheng Wu.
In line with Venerable Master Sheng Yen's vision and compassion on Taiwan's future, Dharma Drum Mountain has organized a program of public forums in the aim of discussing ways to further promote the values of the spiritual environment and public welfare.
On the afternoon of 15 January 2008, Dharma Drum Mountain hosted a press conference at The Grand Hotel in Taipei to announce the initiation of its new campaign – "Good Vows Light Up the World". DDM is working with the media to encourage people to take good vows and elevate levels of virtue in society, ahead of the upcoming Chinese New Year.
On 12 October 2008, Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education will host the grand presentation ceremony of the Phra Sassada Buddha statue which will be presented by a representative of the King of Thailand. The ceremony will be co-hosted with Thai Venerables.
Educating people about ethical ideas is necessary and important for living amidst chaotic surroundings. Therefore, since 2007, the Most Venerable Master Sheng Yen has been initiating a new campaign called "The Six Ethics of the Mind" with the aim of encouraging everyone to wholeheartedly practice the Six Ethics. These include, Family Ethics, Living Ethics, School Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Workplace Ethics and Ethics between Ethnic Groups.