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Sunday, September 07, 2008
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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Starting from 22 September 2008, the delegation of Dharma Drum Mountain's Sangha community, led by the Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong, embarked on its first seven-day Buddhist exchange and visit in China.

On 25 February 2008, the Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation organized a relief team to Guangxi Province to provide a total of 42 tons of relief material as a form of humanitarian assistance to the victims of this snow-stricken area. The team included Guan-Yu Huang, Jian-Hsin Chen, Feng-Zhi Sheu, Zhi-Gang Shang and Sheng Wu.

In line with Venerable Master Sheng Yen's vision and compassion on Taiwan's future, Dharma Drum Mountain has organized a program of public forums in the aim of discussing ways to further promote the values of the spiritual environment and public welfare.

On the afternoon of 15 January 2008, Dharma Drum Mountain hosted a press conference at The Grand Hotel in Taipei to announce the initiation of its new campaign – "Good Vows Light Up the World". DDM is working with the media to encourage people to take good vows and elevate levels of virtue in society, ahead of the upcoming Chinese New Year.

On 12 October 2008, Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education will host the grand presentation ceremony of the Phra Sassada Buddha statue which will be presented by a representative of the King of Thailand. The ceremony will be co-hosted with Thai Venerables.

Educating people about ethical ideas is necessary and important for living amidst chaotic surroundings. Therefore, since 2007, the Most Venerable Master Sheng Yen has been initiating a new campaign called "The Six Ethics of the Mind" with the aim of encouraging everyone to wholeheartedly practice the Six Ethics. These include, Family Ethics, Living Ethics, School Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Workplace Ethics and Ethics between Ethnic Groups.

Following a 15-day humanitarian relief mission in the cyclone-struck region of Myanmar, the second Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) relief team returned home on 8 June 2008. This relief team, sent by DDM Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, included Mr Hsiung Yin-Hui, Mr Yang Yao-Chie, Miss Lee I-Chien, Miss Huang Mei-Su and Mr Yang Ren-Xian (Jin Yang).

On the afternoon of 12 May 2008, a deadly earthquake struck Sichuan Province in China, leaving tens of thousands dead and many more critically injured. The number of victims is still escalating, as many are still trapped beneath rubble from collapsed buildings, and are feared dead.

Cyclone Nargis hit Burma on 3 May, 2008. Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands are now left homeless. It is the worst natural disaster to hit the country since the 2004 tsunami. International humanitarian relief organizations are ready to head to Burma to provide basic living necessities to those affected by this devastating cyclone.

The Sichuan Buddhist Association and the Office of Religious Affairs in the Sichuan Province has presented Dharma Drum Mountain with a plaque of appreciation for providing humanitarian aid to victims affected by the recent earthquake. Rescuers from Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation are still working in the devastated areas in the Sichuan province, China.
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