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From the 3rd to the 14th of December 2018, the 24th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) was held in Katowice, Poland, with representatives from almost 200 countries, aspiring to reach a consensus on the implementation of the “Paris Agreement”. Ven. Chang Ji of the DDMBA (Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association) took part in the entire conference, sharing her concerns about the future of mankind along with youths from all over the world who have also participated in a series of regional youth conferences organized by the DDM in the past.


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From the 3rd to the 14th of December 2018, the 24th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) was held in Katowice, Poland, with representatives from almost 200 countries, aspiring to reach a consensus on the implementation of the “Paris Agreement”. Ven. Chang Ji of the DDMBA (Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association) took part in the entire conference, sharing her concerns about the future of mankind along with youths from all over the world who have also participated in a series of regional youth conferences organized by the DDM in the past.
From 8th to 20th November in 2018, Venerable Guo Xing (果幸法師), the Associate Dean of DDM Sangha University, Venerable Chang Hua (常華法師), the directors of DDM Chan Meditation Center along with Venerable Chang Shen went to Colorado for a journey of discovery on Buddhist education in America. First, the first stop was to visit Naropa University in Boulder city, venerables reviewed their Buddhist chaplain talent training and curriculum programs for higher education.
At Dharma Drum Hong Kong branch monastery’s invitation, Venerable Chi Chern gave dharma teachings in the form of Chan Art workshop and lectures in the Queen Elizabeth Stadium of Hong Kong.
With the approaching of the 10th anniversary of late Master Sheng Yen’s passing, DDM sangha ushered their lay followers on a pilgrimage to the sacred relics in India. It is the hope of the DDM that all participants can give rise to their Bodhi minds for commemorating and repaying the kindness to late Master Sheng Yen
Dharmaloka Chan Buddhist Community in Zagreb, Croatia, started a long time ago. It was a small group of Dharma enthusiasts meeting regularly in private homes. Twenty years ago, the first Buddhist educational institution in Zagreb was established, serving also as a Buddhist Center with a study library and a meditation hall.

Today, the community is fulfilling its long-standing vision of building a retreat center dedicated to the cultivation of inner and outer peace, deeper understanding and enlightened care for all people and the world we inhabit.

The official opening ceremony of the new retreat center will take place on May 18th 2019.
Major international conferences and summits in 2015 – on financing for development, sustainable development, and climate change – have defined a new sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years. At all levels, from global to local, eyes will now be turned on implementing this ambitious agenda. A change in understanding is needed, a deeper recognition of the interconnection between all. Stakeholders began to utilize approaches that examines sets of issues as a whole and focus on the connections between them. The concepts of interconnection and interdependence have entered the mainstream and are words commonly used today. How will this understanding help us address the climate and ecological crisis, which is also connected to the crisis of poverty, disease, and injustice? What is the deeper link that binds these problems together?
After ending the 49-day Chan Retreat in Poland on Sept. 2nd, Venerable Guo Yuan (果元法師), Abbot of the Dharma Drum Retreat Center in New York with Venerable Chang Hu (常護法師) travelled from Luxembourg to London in order to propagate Dharma teachings. It is hoped that their efforts would help foster the merit of Chinese Buddhism in Europe. Venerable Guo Yuan thus led a one-day retreat and made a lecture in the Congregation Des Franciscaines, Luxembourg.


“Human happiness is closely tied to all living beings. Therefore, human’s action to protect all earthly living beings equals to protecting human rights.”




On August 25, the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Centre Malaysia Children’s Life Education Kindness Class organized an outdoor activity for 16 children; these children were excited about going to the forest.


Meditation is the most powerful tool to promote a child’s peace of mind and by extension, peace of the world. On August 26, 12 small children completed a whole series of eight-form moving meditation without taking any break. Before the course, these children shared that “We are blessed because we are healthy”.
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