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Thursday, September 14, 2017


September 11th, 2001 is a date that will live in infamy. The attack by Al-Qaeda terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people and injured over 6,000 others, as well as causing property damage. As a result, the United States responded by launching the War on Terror. This hatred has led to racial discrimination and killing in succession. In 2016, Tomorrow Together by 911Day.org initiated ”Meal Pack for NYC” and has been supported by a diverse community of national service, youth, faith, and education organizations to actively promote the ideals of unity, empathy and service among young people throughout the United States. This year, the event took place at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.


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On the afternoon of 19 December, 2009, Venerable Chang Chi arrived in San Francisco, United States, to give a Dharma talk on happiness and lead a one day Chan program.


On the afternoon of 13 December 2009, Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver, Canada held a gala party to thank all their volunteers for their compassionate contributions throughout the year.

A Dharma Gathering for English speakers was held on Friday, December 18, 2009 at CMC and was attended by approximately 30 people. The evening’s program included a vegetarian supper, music by Japanese flutist Kaoru Watanabe, and a dharma talk presented by Venerable Guo Xing, Abbot of CMC and DDRC.

On Sunday, November 15, 2009, Venerable Chang Chi gave a talk entitled, “The Eightfold Path to Joyful Living.” Robert Weick translated the talk into English. Venerable’s talk was based on the Eightfold Noble Path taught by the Buddha to “help people let go of suffering and embrace happiness”.
On Sunday, November 8, 2009, Venerable Master Ren Jun gave a talk at CMC on “Showing Sentient Beings Ways Out of Suffering”. The following is a translation of verses presented by Venerable Master:
Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhism Information Centre in Malaysia (DDM Malaysia) has propagated Chinese Buddhism for ten years and in particular, the idea of ‘building a pure land on earth’, as well as the Six Ethics of the Mind.

Vice Director of the Chan Practice Center, Venerable Guo Yuan, made his inaugural twelve-day Dharma tour in Indonesia from 23 October to 3 November, 2009.
On Sunday, October 25, 2009, Dr. Peter Lin gave a talk in both English and Chinese on “Disaster and Psychological Responses” to address the increasing numbers of disasters around the world, and most recently the typhoon that affected Taiwan in August 2009.

Trick or treat! To celebrate Halloween, one of children’s favorite holidays, Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) hosted a party filled with fun games and great food.

First of all, I would like to thank Ms. Fei-Wen Shen and Mr. Chih-Lung Shih very much for letting me stay at their cozy home the night before the retreat. Without their generosity, I could not have had the opportunity to attend this inspiring event.
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