YEAR OF NEWS :
At 9 o’clock on the morning of August 24th, 2014, the 2014 Tonsure Ceremony is held in the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education where the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong, hosted the ceremony. There are 12 to-be-monastics tonsured, and they all vow to shoulder the Shakyamuni’s great compassionate vows to spread the Buddha Dharma and benefit the all sentient beings.
From August 9th to 12th, 2014, DDM Extensive Academic Education first holds the “Camp of Protection of Spiritual Environment” for teachers from cross-strait universities. 23 teachers and graduate students from Beijing Jiaotong University, Nanjing University, National Taiwan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Tianjin Open University spend 4 enlightening days in DDMWCBE. They learn simple but practical methods to calm down their mind through the 4-day campus life.
Dharma Drum Mountain frequently hosts week-long meditation retreats in Chinese, and occasionally hosts similar retreats in English. I am grateful to have benefited from the special opportunity to participate in a seven-day retreat at Dharma Drum Mountain this July.
Sometimes I forget, as Buddhist, why I do meditation. Sometimes I just want to shut myself off from the world and to achieve a moment of peace. Sitting meditation is particular good for this and I am grateful for it. But there is more to it than that.
On 8 February 2014, about 6000 followers who have taken refuge in the Three Jewels, attended the Grand Hall and the Multipurpose Stadium of the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan District of New Taipei City for the ceremony of the ‘Day of Transmitting the Light’ for 2014.
Reading can bring joy to people, but sharing what you read with others can bring even more joy to reading! At the end of 2012, Dharma Drum Buddhist College hosted its first competitive event “Introduction to a book within five minutes” during its library week. The competition comprised 4 to 5 people, each of them having 5 minutes to introduce a book. The event aims to promote the trends of learning and sharing knowledge on campus. Given the success of the competition – having become one of the most popular school activities – the school is now determined to host the competition, which will form a diversified and vivid way of learning on campus every year.
Mind & Life Institute (MLI), based in the US, focuses on the integration and application of meditation with ethics. On 10 November, MLI made a special 3 day visit to Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) with hopes of deepening their understanding of the nature of Chan Buddhism. MLI scholars presented a lecture on “26 years of Study and Research on Meditation”. The lecture lasted nearly 2 hours and was well received by an enthusiastic and interactive audience.
On the morning of October 6 despite the invading typhoon 500 members of DDM Tainan Branch still courageously embarked on a pilgrimage in DDM World Center for Buddhist Education (DDMWCBE). They prostrated on every third step in order to show their gratitude to the benevolence of earth, Buddha Bodhisattva, and their parents. The rain landing onto the pilgrims cleansed their body and mind.
On November 27, 2013, the 4th Trungnam Gyaltrul Rinpoche of the Kagyu tradition in Tibetan Buddhism paid a return visit to Dharma Drum Mountain(DDM). Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong hosted and accompanied Rinpoche and his group who also visited the Altars of Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service which will be opening soon to the general public. In the afternoon, Rinpoche gave the keynote address to the teachers and students of Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC).
As part of a commitment to care and educate, Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation (DDMSWCF) have, for the past 14 years, granted much-needed scholarships to students in underprivileged families. Apart from financial assistance, DDM also organizes field trips and life education, with the aim to uplift the character of humanity and in the hope that it will encourage students to give back to society in the future.