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The Dharma Assembly of Transmitting the Light was held at 7:00 p.m. on February 27, 2015 in memory of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, the founder of DDM, who passed away six years ago. This ceremony was simultaneously held at Dharma Drum Mountain and its affiliated monasteries, such as the Nung Chan Monastery, Anhe Branch Monastery and Zhaiming Monastery, just to name a few. Ven. Guo Dong, the Abbot President of DDM, led the DDM Sangha as well as nearly a thousand devotees in lighting lamp bowls to symbolize the continued wisdom of the Buddha as well as upholding the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen’s great compassionate vows.
Dharma Drum Mountain held its yearly Grand Prayer Ritual at the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education on February 18, 2015 which was also the eve of the Lunar New Year. The Lotus Bell (from the Lotus Sutra) was rung 108 times to greet the coming new year. At 10:00 pm, the Abbot President of DDM, Ven. Guo Dong as well as the Vice Abbot Presidents, Ven. Guo Hui and Ven. Guo Pin started ringing the Lotus Bell together and completed the last ring with the President of Taiwan, Ying-Jeou Ma, Vice President, Dun-Yi Wu, Mayor of New Taipei City, Eric Chu as well as other honorable guests. DDM also shared its slogan of blessing for 2015, that is, “Great Light” by projecting it throughout this event.


The DDM Awakening Camp is for those who wish to experience the monastic life for a short period of time. Below are some of the sentiment of past participants on the homepage of the camp (http://ddmawakening.blogspot.tw/): “A feeling of ease that I had never felt before”, “I finally found the direction in life and will make the most of my time to pursue it”, “The Buddha Dharma is in all aspect of my life, not just in the sutras”, “I cried upon realizing the ego that I have been carrying around”.
At 5 p.m. on December 13, 2014, among the chant of the sacred names of Amitabha Buddha and sound of Lotus Bell, DDM Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service was consummated through the solemn Ceremony for Sending off the Sages, in which, about ten thousand followers jointly devoted their sincere vows and wishes to those they want to worship, make offerings to, and express their gratitude to. During the event, many people also use DDM digital prayer system to offer their blessings to others throughout the world, which makes the long-standing event have a new style in modern times.

(Translated by Tom Hsieh)
The founder of Dharma Drum Mountain, the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen had said the speed that the technology and culture of mankind destroys the natural environment is too rapid, which brings the unprecedented threats to the Earth. Therefore, DDM promotes “protecting the spiritual environment” to help us build healthy and correct philosophy of life to offer care to ourselves, others, society, and the natural environment. DDM hopes all the followers attending Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service can apply the altruistic spirit of Buddhism to our daily lives.

(Translated by Tom Hsieh)
The late Venerable Master Sheng Yen had defined that the purpose of Dharma Assemblies of Dharma Drum Mountain is to serve Buddhist education. Therefore, the Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service covers the aspects of tradition, innovation, reformation of environmental protection, care, education, and Chan meditation.

(Translated by Tom Hsieh)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Taiwan, hosted the Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP with Taiwan) for a month of field study from October 12 through November 8, 2014. On October 25, 31 members of PILP with Taiwan, representatives of MOFA as well as 12 Dharma Drum for Young People (DDYP) visited DDM World Center for Buddhist Education (DDMWCBE) in the evening as part of a cultural exchange program, particularly to experience the culture of Chinese Buddhism. They were guided to the Wish-Fulfilling Guanyin Bodhisattva Hall and given an explanation of the meaning of “Rising Great Compassion” as well as the resolution of the Guanyin Bodhisattva to relieve all sentient beings from suffering; in the Great Buddha Hall, they were shown the technique of bowing to the Buddha; and lastly to the dining hall to experience the dining ambiance of the monastery.
Protection of Spiritual Environment is the core idea of Dharma Drum Mountain which every event of DDM is organized by. In combination of elements of religion, technology, and humanities, 2014 Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service demonstrates how to well maintain the interrelationship among human beings, society, and the nature through a creative and educational way for bringing a peaceful mind and life to everyone from all walks of the society.

(Translated by Tom Hsieh)
The annual Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service has started from December 6, 2014, and it will last until December 13, 2014. Please jointly witness every moment of the solemn and Dharma service.

(Translated by Tom Hsieh)
The International Conference on Buddhist Meditative Traditions: A Comparison & Dialogue was held on Oct. 25 and 26, 2014 to explain different aspects of Buddhist Meditation to the public. This conference was organizes by the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) and scholars from different countries were invited to present their views on this subject. Amongst those present were Bhikkhu Anālayo from the University of Hamburg in Germany, Bart Dessein from Ghent University in Belgium and Sāmaṇerī Dhammadinnā from DILA, just to name a few.
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