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A beginner’s seven-day Chan retreat was held at the Uttama Bodhi Vihara, Malaysia, from September 9 to 18, with a participation of 59 practitioners. Impressed by the keenness of the retreatants, Ven. Chang Zao, guiding Dharma teacher of the retreat and director of Dharma Drum Buddhist Centre Malaysia, praised them for showing faith in Chan practice. Once again witnessing the incredible effect of the Chan teachings, the venerable observed that participants, by constantly practicing the method, had become more calm and stable, compared to their distractedness and confusion at the beginning of the retreat.

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On Sunday, February 22, 2009, Dr. David Slaymaker gave a dharma talk on "The Six Paramitas and the Bodhisattva Path" based on the teachings of Venerable Yin-shun's, The Way to Buddhahood: Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master and Master Sheng Yen's booklet, The Six Paramitas.

On the morning of Sunday 11 January 2009, Venerable Guo Xing gave a Dharma talk on meditation. Despite the chilly weather, about 100 followers took advantage of this rare opportunity. Venerable Guo Xing taught that the purpose of practicing Chan meditation is to enable practitioners to better cultivate themselves, work on precepts, stabilization and wisdom.

On Sunday, February 1, 2009, Dr. Rebecca Li, professor of Sociology, gave a talk at CMC on the topic of "Facing and Handling Desires in Daily Life".
On the afternoon of 22nd February 2009, members of the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association in Malaysia (DDM Malaysia) welcomed the arrival of Venerable Chang Hui from the DDM Sangha community in Taiwan. Mr. Lin Zhonghong, Chief Convener of DDM Malaysia, hosted a welcoming party in the evening during which Venerable Chang Hui gave a Dharma talk to 200 devotees.

From 5th to 14th February 2009, faithful followers gathered at the Chan Hall of Dharma Drum Mountain in Los Angeles (DDM Los Angeles) to prostrate to the Sakyamuni Buddha, to participate the Buddha-name Recitation Dharma Rituals and to give the last warmest tribute to Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
On night of 24 February 2009, about 200 faithful followers gathered at the Buddha Hall of Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) to prostrate to the Sakyamuni Buddha and to participate the Buddha-name Recitation Dharma Rituals in memory of Venerable Master Sheng Yen.
It was a simple and earnest Service of Gratitude to Venerable Master Sheng Yen on Sunday 15 February 2009 in the Sydney branch of Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association Australia.

Commenced on 3 February 2009, Dharma Drum Mountain in Malaysia (DDM Malaysia) initiated the solemn Dharma rituals of Vow Making and Buddha-name Recitation in memory of Venerable Master Sheng Yen in line with Dharma rituals hosted in Taiwan's DDM.
On Sunday, January 18, 2009, Venerable Guo Xing continued the dharma lecture series on Chan with a talk on "How Not to Get Sick". Venerable explained that when we meditate, we may experience peace and harmony in body and mind.
On Sunday, January 4, 2009, Dr. Peter Lin, a psychologist and long-time Buddhist practitioner, gave a talk at Chan Meditation Center entitled "The Art of Helping: A Problem Management and Opportunity Approach to Helping".
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