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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
As of last year, average temperatures on Earth rose to 1.3˚C warmer than pre-industrial levels, just 0.7˚C away from the United Nations' target maximum of no more than 2˚C change, a limit intended to prevent crossing thresholds beyond which scientists say it may be impossible to reverse the severe consequences of global warming. This was one of the main themes of Venerable Chang Ji's talk, titled "Is Civilization Dying or Being Born?" at Dharma Drum Vancouver Center on April 30, 2017. She spoke about the issues of climate change and the urgent need to fix it while we still have the chance to do so.


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When 4 visiting Venerables came from Taiwan to Sydney in July 2009, DDM Australia took the opportunity to organize a weekend meditation camp for over 25 of its members and friends at the Baden-Powell Scout Camp. Ven. Guo Guang, Vice- Dean of DDM Sangha University conducted the sessions with assistance from Ven. Guo Chi, Ven.Chang Xiang and Ven. Chang Xu.
「Hello Everybody, How are you doing? Vicki、Kirstie、Austin…」
「Hello Everybody, How are you doing? Alvan、 Karen、 Justin…」
「Hello Everybody, How are you doing? Moya、William、Caroline…」
On Sunday, August 2, 2009, Venerable Chang Hwa gave a talk on the topic of “How to Love.” Venerable engaged the audience with thought-provoking questions, stories and instructions on practices on how to love and be loved.
On the 25th and 26th July 2009, DDM Sydney hosted the "World Cafe" to discuss relationships and "Movies & Mind" to watch a movie together to generate discussion on some universal themes of life.
On Sunday, August 16, 2009, Dr. Peter Lin gave a talk entitled, “Facing Financial Crisis” at CMC. He focused on psychological research related to financial crisis and human happiness, interacting with the audience with questions and interesting research findings.

On July 26, 2009, Dr. Rebecca Li gave a talk at CMC on the topic of "Cultivating the Bodhisattva Path at Work." According to Dr. Li, the bodhisattva path is the practice of trying to benefit others, and as a result, benefit ourselves.
Guo Cheh fashi's summer dharma spreading tour started in San Francisco Chapter (DDMBASF). The chapter hosted series classes of "Chinese Chan Buddhism - the Dharma Drum School" and one-day huatou meditation.
On the 14th of July, the Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong arrives at the Dharma Drum Mountain Chan Meditation Center in New York to unveil his caring activities and to speak to his New York's followers.


On the evening of 12 July 2009, the Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong arrived at the Town Hall of Downtown Flushing in New York to make a public speech entitled "The Dignity of One's Life". It attracted nearly three hundred people.

The Abbot President of Dharma Drum Mountain, Venerable Guo Dong, initiated the 2009 Dharma Tour in Northern America on 1 July 2009. He gave out warmest blessings on their first stop in Vancouver on behalf of the DDM Sangha Community.


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