The 17th Buddhist Joint Wedding ceremony of Dharma Drum Mountain on the morning of 1 January 2012 saw one hundred and eight couples tied the knot, making faithful vows to uphold the ‘Three Jewels’ (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) in their family life.
The wedding was specially arranged to take place at the Exposition Hall, a venue which has hosted other successful celebratory events such as the 2010 Taipei International Floral Exposition.
In addition to DDM’s Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong, the President of Po Chung Culture and Education Foundation, Mr. Po-Hsiung Wu, President of Dharma Practice Society of DDM, Mr. Chang-Bun Chan, and President of DDM Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation, Mr. Shen-I Lee, were also present to give their warmest blessings.
Venerable Guo Dong said in his speech that marriage is a significant milestone in one’s life, and also represents a fertile reservoir for cultivating merit and wisdom. The Abbot President blessed every couple with joy and happiness and a peaceful family life.
The late Venerable Master Sheng Yen, founder of DDM, once said that the foundation of the purification of the earth is instilling the Buddhist way of life in the family; this is built on a marriage mindful of Buddhist principles, and such a marriage will serve to improve the character of those involved.
(translated by Jin Yang/edited by DDM Australia Editing team)