On the eve of Lunar Chinese New Year, 25 January 2009, the clear, heart-touching and inspirational sound of the Lotus Bell could be heard throughout Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township, Taipei County. Around one thousand devoted followers prayed in the "Bodhisattva Prayer Ritual", undetterred by the cold, windy and raining weather.

In the afternoon of 5 April 2009, Thai based Venerable Master Ren De from Bangkok, along with a group of his pupils and lay practitioners, paid an exclusive and earnest tribute to the memory of Venerable Master Sheng Yen at the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education. Venerable Master Ren De was one of Venerable Master Sheng Yen's closest Dharma friends from abroad.

The eight-day Great Compassion Rite of Water and Land this year held at Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education ended in joy and blessings on the afternoon of 4 December, 2009, with the Farewell to the Holy Ritual.

The Chung Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies of Dharma Drum Mountain has announced a partnership with Columbia University in the United States of America to create the Academic Publication of Chinese Buddhism Fund. The goal is to encourage more scholars to study Chinese Buddhism and has commenced with a US$250,000 donation approved by Taiwan's Ministry of Education.

The universe may one day perish, yet my vows are eternal

"What I am unable to accomplish in this life,
I vow to push forward through countless future lives.
What I am unable to accomplish personally,
I exhort everyone to undertake together."

A delegation from Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM), led by the Principle of Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Venerable Hui Min and the Deputy Abbot of DDM, Venerable Guo Pin attended the 2nd World Buddhist Forum which commenced on 28 March 2009 in Wuxi City of Jiangsu Province of China. The theme of the Forum is "A Harmonious World, A Synergy of Conditions".

The recent second World Buddhist Forum was organized in two parts. After attending the first part in Wuxi in Jiangsu Province on 28 and 29 March, the participants moved to Taiwan on 30 March to participate in the second part of the Forum that was conducted at different venues on 31 March and 1 April 2009.

The Most Venerable Master Sheng Yen let go of his physical body and left behind great compassion and great vows in this world

On the 28 June 2009, the present second Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong, was elected to remain as the third Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain.
From the 7th to 8th of September 2008, a delegation of 47 Buddhist scholars and students from Rissho University in Japan visited the Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC) and the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, on which occasion Venerable Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM), welcomed and met the group.

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