In response to the 2019 new coronavirus outbreak, DDM announced on January 29, 2020 that all its events, including the Awakening Camp, retreats will be suspended until End of May for the sake of public health. The DDM Passing on the Lamp Service, scheduled to take place on February 1, was broadcast in real time online and wrapped up with a prayer for the world.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, group practice activities and classes at Dharma Drum Mountain's monasteries and practice centers at home and aboard have either been cancelled or postponed since January 29, as part of the pandemic prevention efforts to ensure public health.
As the pandemic of COVID-19 prevails, people are on the edge of fear. In addition to the task of caring for those who are uneasy in society, DDM sangha group seized the chance to practice diligently. Before the monastic retreat in summer, DDM Sangha Education Department and Chan Hall have jointly arranged a 40-day retreat, divided into 5-sessions, from April 21 to May 31 in the Lotus Academy.