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At the invitation of various social welfare organizations and the Public Service Department, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) again sponsored a booth at the Fair for Single Elders at the Taipei City Zoo at 10:00 AM on January 18. Venerable Guo Qi (果器法師), the Secretary-General of DDMSWCF, and Zhixiu Xin (辛智秀), a board member of DDMSWCF, led 14 volunteers from the Wenshan District to bring gifts which signified blessings for more than one thousand senior citizens and families of disabilities and low income. It was heart-warming to see the long line of people wishing each other well.
Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Mountain, passed away in February 2009, hence the loss of a most revered spiritual mentor for Taiwan’s society. The Master’s funeral served as his final teaching by example and a valuable Dharma lesson for the public, on the meaning of life and death.


DDM’s spring couplet for this year is “A good wish for the world”, which was also late Master Sheng Yen‘s blessings and exhortation for the current society made in 2008.
In September 2018, the Succession Ceremony for DDM’s sixth abbot president took place at the Dharma Drum Mountain complex. In 2006, late Master Sheng Yen handed the position of abbot president to Ven. Guo Dong. This year’s succession ceremony also held a significant meaning for the further development of Chinese Buddhism.

In carrying various Dharma affairs, including paying visits to victims of the big earthquake in Hualian and the Puyuma Express train disaster, holding international academic exchanges and Buddhist seminars, as well as organizing the Protecting the Spiritual Environment and Family Day event, DDM’s monastic and lay practitioners all continued the late Master Sheng Yen’s compassionate aspiration to build a pure land on earth. The year 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Master’s passing and DDM’s 30th anniversary, we expect ourselves to keep making good wishes and putting our wishes into action, for the benefit of the world.

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