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.
Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong visited Dharma Drum Mountain in San Francisco (DDM SF) during 2 - 4 November 2012 where he shared his views on how to make and fulfill vows and approach life with gratitude.
Master Pa Auk Sayadaw visited the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) on 13 November 2012, giving a speech and conducting an exchange of Chan practice at the institution.
The Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong attended a special scholarship ceremony held by the Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders at Taipei Howard Hotel on 10 November 2012.
The Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service 2012 begins from 24 November to 1 December.
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On the 26th and the 27th of October, 2012, the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) hosted a special international conference entitled ‘Chan Tradition in Buddhism: Origin and Development’ in discussion of Chan’s origin and development in Buddhism – at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWF) have successfully brought its seven-year relief programs in southern Leyte Province, Philippines to an end.
On the morning of 15 September, 2012, Dharma Drum Mountain for Buddhist Education hosted a grand tonsure ceremony in the Grand Buddha Hall. Eleven novices had their heads shaved and joined the sangha.
The Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) set off on 7 October 2012 for a five-day mission to Haiti, which suffered a deadly earthquake in January 2012, killing approximately 270,000, injuring over 3 million and destroying 90% of buildings in the capital Port-au-Prince.
On the morning of 13 September, 2012, 93-year-old Master Benle of Baozhu Monastery, in Wuhan City of China’s Hebei province, and almost one hundred of Baozhu’s monks and lay practitioners, visited the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education for the first time.
On the morning of 24 September, 2012, both the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Culture and the Nung Chan Monastery received honors for humanitarianism from the Department of Civil Affairs of Taipei City Government at the International Convention Center of National Taiwan University Hospital.