YEAR OF NEWS :
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Mainland China is experiencing a dramatic revival of temple and monastic space. This has been heavily influenced by two factors: the powerful regulation of the state, and a national focus on economic development and the expansion of a market economy. These factors are not always in harmony with the interests of those within the walls of the monastery, who are trying to restore monastic Buddhism.
On the evening of 30 September, 2012, Dharma Drum Mountain in Chicago (DDM Chicago) attended the Northwest Interfaith Friends’ event, where volunteers from DDM Chicago introduced the ideas and teachings of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, as well as an introduction and information on Buddhism and Buddhist practices.
Dharma Drum Mountain in San Francisco (DDM SF) invited Mr. Fu-Yuan Lin to give a lecture on Workplace Ethics for social harmony – one of the Six Ethics of the Mind, a concept that was actively advocated by the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, the founder of DDM – in the afternoon of 8 September, 2012.
Over the Moon Festival period, DDM hosted a 3-Day Retreat led by Venerable Changxu from 28 September to 1 October 2012 at the Elanora Conference Centre.
Dharma Drum Mountain in Thailand (DDM Thailand) held a Dharma Service with a recitation of the Earth Store Sutra in the Grand Buddha Hall on 15 September 2012.
On the morning of 27 May 2012, a ceremony for celebrating the inauguration of DDM Practice Center in Los Angeles was held under the direction of Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong.
Dharma Drum Singapore held the three-day Prayer Dharma Ritual between the 12th and the 14th of April 2012 in remembrance of the Buddha’s compassion.
DDM Sydney held a 4 & 7-day retreat from 6 - 12 April 2012 under the guidance of Venerable Chang Qi and Venerable Chang Xu at the Camp Ku-Ring-Gai Activity Centre at Ebenezer.
DDM Sydney hosted a Dharma talk on “Protecting the Spiritual Environment” with Venerable Chang Xu as the speaker on 14 April 2012 at the Hornsby Centre.
On the morning of 12 February, 2012, the DDM Buddhism Information Center in Malaysia (DDM Malaysia) held a one-day program for the cultivation of merit in their Chan Hall.
On 31 January 2012, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhism Information Center in Malaysia (DDM Malaysia) held a memorial event in remembrance of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, the founder of Dharma Drum Mountain.