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The first Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) Graduation Ceremony was held at the International Conference Hall of DDM World Center for Buddhist Education at 10 pm, July 13, 2015. There were 23 graduates of bachelor’s, master’s or associate’s degree taking part in this ceremony permeated with Buddhist culture.
As the midsummer DDM is immersed in luxuriant greenery and sweet-sounding drone of cicadas, we invite everyone to sense the delightful Chan or Dharma, observe water or wind here, listen to a babbling brook, practice walking meditation in holding water bowl, or simply make a pilgrimage with relaxed body and mind. DDM’s Visitor Service Office had planned itineraries themed living Chan, spiritual environmental protection or ecological discovery for all walks of life, all groups or overseas visitors, hoping everybody can explore beauty of the delightful Chan and experience the spirit of Chinese Chan in the surroundings of DDM World Center for Buddhist Education. More detailed about reservation is available on http://vsc.ddm.org.tw/, or dial +886-2498-7171 ext 1350~1355 directly.
The first “Young Scholars' Chinese Buddhism Forum” will be held on June 26 to 27. This rare and extraordinary Buddhist event, in the sense of playing a pivotal role in passing down Chinese Buddhism, gathers some domestic and international young scholars specializing in this field to team up, invite chairpersons and discussants on their own for creating an academic platform to broaden and exchange Buddhism ideas. Whoever wants to join or audit the forum is welcome to register at http://conferences.ddbc.edu.tw/2015chineseforum/ by June 20. Seats are limited!
In the afternoon of 15 May 2015, Assistant Abbot Presidents of Wat Phra Dhammakaya (WPD) of Thailand Venerable Maha Weerawat and Venerable Thawee headed a delegation of 40, including followers and abbots from other WPD branch monasteries, in their visit to the DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, Jinshan, New Taipei City. In addition to visiting Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) President Venerable Hui Min and DDM Abbot Vice President Venerable Guo Hui, they also visited various DILA physical structures, the Library and Information Center, the Founding History Memorial Hall, the Wish-Fulfilling Guanyin Hall and the Grand Buddha Hall, conducting a cross-sectoral Buddhist educational exchange between Chinese Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism.

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