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Monday, February 18, 2019


At the invitation of various social welfare organizations and the Public Service Department, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) again sponsored a booth at the Fair for Single Elders at the Taipei City Zoo at 10:00 AM on January 18. Venerable Guo Qi (果器法師), the Secretary-General of DDMSWCF, and Zhixiu Xin (辛智秀), a board member of DDMSWCF, led 14 volunteers from the Wenshan District to bring gifts which signified blessings for more than one thousand senior citizens and families of disabilities and low income. It was heart-warming to see the long line of people wishing each other well.


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At the invitation of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM), Zarko Andricevic, one of the Western Dharma Heirs of DDM’s Founder, Master Sheng Yen, and the Founder of Dharmaloka in Croatia, led a 7-day Bilingual Silent Illumination Chan Retreat at DDM World Center for Buddhist Education on September 23-30, 2018.


More than 130 practitioners enthusiastically partook in the retreat, of which about half were foreigners, coming from the US, the UK, Germany, France, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mainland China and Hong Kong; as well as many local Taiwanese participants.


DDM Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation (法鼓山人文社會基金會) held “The 7th International Care for Life Awards Ceremony” at International Conference Hall of CPC Building, Taipei City (中油大樓國光會議廳) on Sept 16, 2018.
Sutras-transcription and group practice increases merits;
To enclose to the Dharma brings a calm mind!


Let’s Write!! Sutra-transcription!

In the face of impermanent difficulties and hardship in life, Master Sheng Yen ofen said, we should try to stay composed to help ourselves, and to settle people's minds by wishing them well.
In the “Tattvārtha” chapter of the Yogācārabhūmi Treatise <瑜伽真實義品> truth is called “reality” (S. tattva; C. zhenshi). Four broad categories of reality are discussed:
Who was I, before I was born?"

Hua-tou, which means asking a sentence without special meaning. Yet you need to ask this sentence all the time, for example, “What is Wu (Non-Being)”, “Who is the one that was reciting the Amitabha Buddha’s name?”
In collaboration with Columbia University, Sheng Yen Education Foundation has established the world’s first permanent Sheng Yen Professorship in Chinese Buddhist Studies in the U.S. in 2007. Ever since then, the worldwide visibility and public understanding of Chinese Buddhism has continued to develop, including other universities.

Looking back at the accomplishments made over the past 12 years, four senior officers from Columbia University were brought closer to Master Sheng Yen and Dharma Drum Mountain during their visit to Sheng Yen Foundation on Aug 14, 2018. They aspired to cooperation between the two sides to jointly propagate Chinese Buddhism studies and develop its global communications.
“Well-adorned is a peacock with splendid feathers, yet it is no better than a goose that can fly long distances; Wealth and power a common person may possess, yet such blessings pale in comparison with those of the ordained.”

DDM Sangha University held its annual monastic ordination ceremony at the anniversary of Earth Treasure Bodhisattva’s birthday (地藏菩薩聖誕) at 9.00 am on 9 Sept. With the blessings and congratulations given by 150 participants and 16 novice peer monks and nuns, all attendees witnessed the emerging pre-eminent monastics and acted in concert to pay tribute to the life-transforming ordained nuns.
At 10 a.m. on September 2, the sounds of the bell and drum resonated across Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education. More than 3,000 representatives of monastic and lay practitioners of DDM from home and abroad participated in the succession ceremony of the sixth abbot president of DDM, which was broadcast online in real time. In the ceremony “Inheriting the Past and Inspiring the Future,” participants celebrated the inaugural of Ven. Guo Huei, wishing him success in continuing to lead the DDM Sangha in its endeavor to promote “Protecting the Spiritual Environment” movement and popular Buddhist education through social care.
June 28 – 30, 2018: the DDM Sheng Yen Education Foundation (聖嚴教育基金會) held the 7th Chinese Buddhism and Sheng Yen International Conference at the GIS NTU Convention Center. In his opening speech, Venerable Guo Dong (果東法師), Former Abbot President of DDM, stated that the initial aspiration of Master Sheng Yen was to introduce the Buddha Dharma to the modern society so that the general public could benefit from the Dharma; which is also the aim of this conference.
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