YEAR OF NEWS :
Monday, February 13, 2017
On the Chinese New Year’s Eve, the bronze Lotus Bell inscribed with the whole Lotus Sutra, the first of its kind in the world, sounded its toll as thousands of participants lighted up their inner brightness for the coming new year, amid the ocean of lanterns on Dharma Drum Mountain.
Severe landslides caused by Typhoon Soudelor bought untold suffering and isolation to the residents of Wulai (烏來) and Sansia (三峽) region in Taiwan. In an effort to lessen the suffering of these residents, Ven. Guo-Qi, Secretary General of Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare & Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) led volunteers and staff to immediately transport emergency supplies such as instant noodles, water, canned food and lighting equipment to Wulai Guishan Activity Center and Sanxia District Office late into the night of August 10 as well as at the break of dawn the next day. Ven. Guo-Qi expressed his gratitude to the relief workers of the emergency operation centers who worked tirelessly.
“Wearing the ceremonial robe makes me look like Harry Potter!”
”Why should we observe noble silence when we eat at the monastery?”
On July 20 and 21 2015, twenty three youth of the Rotary International 3520 exchange program from twelve countries in Europe and India attended a Dharma camp in Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education and Zhai Ming Monastery which left unforgettable memories to many.
Buddhism is a great way of life but how do we ensure that it is passed down to future generations? The Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) invited Rev. Sumi Loundon Kim, Buddhist chaplain of Duke University and minister to the Buddhist Families of Durham (BFD), North Carolina, to conduct lectures in addition to a dharma-parenting workshop on July, 5. This workshop was held at DDM Yun-Lai Monastery with more than 50 lay-people as well as monastics as participants.
Dharma Drum Singapore, which has relocated six times, held a refuge-taking ceremony at the Kallang Theatre on July 25th afternoon to mark its 20th anniversary, where Dharma Drum Mountain abbot president, Ven. Guo Dong, gave large public lecture on ”Forgive and Let Go, Favourable Conditions Arise!” A video was played showing the history of Dharma Drum Singapore, to celebrate its 20 years of development. Nearly 1,300 people attended the event, including Chen Ziling, former Prime Minister of Singapore Wu Zuodong’s wife, Ven. Guo Jun, abbot of the Mahabodhi Monastery, and Ven. Bhikshuni Yongnan, abbot of Longquan Temple, among other honored guests, jointly witnessing over 100 devotees taking refuge in the Three Jewels.
DDM’s abbot president Ven. Guo Dong paid a visit to Malaysia from July 9 to 14 with the company of Dharma Drum Mountain Sangha members, to meet with the devotees from Ipoh and local monasteries, as well as conduct Refuge Ceremonies and give lectures, sharing joy and wisdom. He was also invited to give a speech for the inauguration of Puzhao Buddhist Vihara and the 45th anniversary of the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia.
In order to help displaced teachers and pupils affected by the earthquake in Nepal continue with school safely before the upcoming rainy season, DDMSWCF will set up 100 units of Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the worst-hit mountain regions by working with the local government and NGOs. More than a temporary shelter for local residents, the TLC can also serve their education and care needs.
Disasters at home and abroad in recent years have caused many people to lose their loved ones and livelihoods, affecting societies and human mind a great deal. Sharing the humanitarian spirit as an integral part of global community, most people in Taiwan are willing to contribute their shares of care for the victims.
Inside the Dharma instrument practice room at the Dharma Drum Degui Academy (法鼓德貴學苑), located near Ximending (西門町), Taipei City, the peaceful and pure Buddhist chanting echoed, performed by a group of young people practicing chanting and Dharma instruments in concentration, who are members of DDM’s Mind-Tide Buddhist Music Team (心潮梵音團隊), whose aim is to pray for blessings for suffering people through their transcending Buddhist chanting in praise of the Buddha’s virtues.
DDM Social Welfare & Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) recently assisted the fire brigade of Keelung City and Taitong County by donating fire alarms to those in need in order to restore public’s confidence as well as peace of mind. Fire-alarms were installed to enhance safety measure in the homes of elderly who resides alone, low-income households as well as people with disability.
As a young scholars’ platform for academic exchange to further explore studies and research on Chinese Buddhism, the “Young Scholars Forum on Chinese Buddhism,” co-organized by Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies (CHIBS), Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA), and Sheng Yen Education Foundation, was officially opened in the Education and Administration Building at DDM World Center for Buddhist Education at 9 A.M., on June 26.