YEAR OF NEWS :
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Guanyin (Avalokitesvara) Bodhisattva universally saves and delivers all sentient beings. Commonly known for his compassion in hearing the calls for help and releasing people’s suffering by coming to their rescue in various manifestations, the Bodhisattva has been revered and worshiped since ancient times, especially by Chinese people, as the Goddess of Mercy, whom they can rely on and seek comfort from.
Has it been four years already since Master Sheng Yen (Shifu) crossed over to the other shore? Yes, it has, but only if one stops to think about it, for his daily presence is still strongly felt by all those who have benefitted from his compassion and wisdom. For such people, Shifu is still with us.
On the evening of 25 December 2012, Venerable Chang Yi and Venerable Chang Yao of the DDM Sangha arrived at DDM Singapore to share their ideas about the Dharma, Chan meditation, and to lead devotees in Chan practice.
During 15-18 November 2012, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong visited the DDM Hong Kong branch and presided over the inauguration of the new Buddha Hall of DDM Hong Kong on 18 November.
On the evening of 19 December 2012, Venerable Chang Yuan of the DDM Sangha came to DDM Singapore to give a Dharma talk titled ‘Amazing Chan’. More than 50 devotees attended for the joyous Chan event.
On the afternoon of 2 December 2012, Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) conducted the 7-day Water and Land Dharma Service, which was attended by over a hundred devotees, nurturing their Dharma wisdom and cultivating compassion.
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.