YEAR OF NEWS :
Thursday, May 15, 2014
A press conference was held on 30 December 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the TV Program, LIGHT UP. LIGHT UP is an educational talk and interview show that focuses on the positive aspects of humanity and emphasis the preciousness of life. The karmic ties between DDM and LIGHT UP began twenty years ago when Chang Guang-Dou, the producer, invited the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen as a guest of the program. The present Abbot President of DDM, venerable Guo Dong, who then served as an entourage secretary of the late venerable Master Sheng Yen, had accompanied the Master to the studio for the interview recording. Thus, he was specifically invited to attend the press conference and provided blessings of virtue and gratitude to people from all walks of life.
On 24 March 2013, 30 high-ranking media officials from mainland China paid their first visit to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
On the morning of 10 April 2013, a delegation of the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University came to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education for a prayer session, in celebration of the school’s 66th anniversary.
On 21 April 2013, about a thousand people came to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education to take Buddhism as their spiritual refuge.
On 24 March 2013, 18 Buddhist practitioners from Leadership & Communication Skills of Tung Lin Kok Yuen Wang Fat Ching She, Hong Kong, visited the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education.
In the evening of 21 April 2013, the Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain came to Taiwan’s National Theater’s plaza to join with several tens of thousands of people to pray together for Taiwan and the world.
On the afternoon of 20 March 2013, 30 students of the Dharma Drum Sangha University and volunteers gathered at a beach near the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in the Jinshan District of New Taipei City for a beach cleanup campaign.
At a farmhouse in a bamboo grove, some 30 years ago Master Sheng Yen became Abbot of Nung Chan Monastery, continuing Master Dong Chu’s tradition of practice, inspiring multitudes to learn about and uphold the Buddhadharma.
Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong visited Taichung Veterans General Hospital on 23 March 2013 to share his insight with hundreds of physicians, nurses, and volunteers on how to embrace our vows and to maintain a positive and enthusiastic view on life.
On the eve of Lunar Chinese New Year, 9 February, 2013, Dharma Drum Mountain held a Grand Prayer Ritual at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education to welcome the new year.
The Republic of China’s (Taiwan) Premier Yi-Huah Jiang and his wife Mrs. Shu-Zhen Lee visited Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education on the afternoon of 16 March 2013, in remembrance of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen.