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In this lecture, Dr. Jessica Main addressed the state of contemporary Buddhism in Japan and compared her views with other scholars who have written books on this subject.

Presently, three sects of Buddhism exist in Japan – Zen, Pureland and Lotus School of Buddhism.
These sects are structured with a few head temples, each having a network branching in smaller temples. The temples in the lower hierarchy pay up to the head temples which in turn, organize resources for their temples downstream. In recent years, this network has atrophied and Buddhism is currently in a state of crisis in Japan.


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February 9 2008 – New Year Blessing of the Buddha

"Happy New Year! Wish that peace make everyone at ease in living. We also pray for the turning of the Dharma Wheel." On the 3rd day of the Chinese New Year, 105 practitioners gathered at the branch office of HKDDM for season's greeting.
Once again, Principal Lin Xin De arrived in Hong Kong carrying with him his heavy suitcase. The case, which is filled with mercy and wisdom, is Principal Lin's treasure chest. A number of events were held in the period from 25 to 27 December 2007. The lecture "Apex of Our Life" was held on 25 December; the Illustration Instruction class was conducted on 26 December and the "Illustration Book Club" took place on 27 December.

Group Chanting Session on January 25 2008

Chang Yue Fashi came to join the Friday group practice session and shared with us her thoughts on the Liberation Assembly of Water of Land. The Liberation Assembly of Water and Land is a major event of Dharma Drum Mountain which was greatly assisted by modern audio-visual technology.
On 31 January, 2008, Agnes Chow, convenor of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) Sydney and DDM member Jessica Chow were invited by Dr Lin Bin of 20R Australia Oriental Radio to participate in a radio interview in Cantonese, introducing Dharma Drum Mountain, Chan Buddhism and Master Sheng Yen.
Dharma Drum Singapore has been established for 11 years. It upholds Master Sheng Yen's vision to "uplift the character of humanity and build a pure land on earth" by proactively promoting the Buddhadharma and Spiritual Environmentalism and is a centre of Buddhist learning.
The Buddhist elder, Dr. C. T. Shen, successful entrepreneur in the United States’ shipping industry and Vice President of the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS), passed away on 27 November 2007 at the age of 95 years.
With the aim of helping Cambodian youths walk out of the shadow of their nation's miserable history, the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association delegation took part in the five-day Cambodia Young Leaders Summit in Sien Reap City, northern Cambodia, from 15 to 19 November 2007.

Dharma Drum Mountain Malaysia (DDM Malaysia) participated in The Ninth World Chinese Book Fair from 16 to 25 November 2007 at the MINES Convention and Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur. This followed a major fundraising activity on 9 November 2007, and was the sixth time DDM Malaysia took part in this major event for the propagation of Dharma joy and DDM's ideas.

A weekend retreat was held by the Sydney DDM meditation group in the Lower Blue Mountains from 15 - 16 December 2007. To cater for both experienced meditators and newcomers, a mixture of activities was included to assist newcomers to gradually transition to serious sittings. The program incorporated a singing meditation and a video for group discussion on the application of Buddhist concepts in dealing with relationships in daily living. Apart from walking meditation, sitting meditation and tea meditation was also part of the day's program.
On the evening of 9 November 2007, Dharma Drum Mountain Malaysia hosted a fundraising dinner party to fund the construction of a permanent DDM Centre in Malaysia. The Abbot President of DDM from Taiwan, Venerable Guo Dong, was present to deliver the personal, warm blessings from Venerable Master Sheng Yen. DDM's Venerable Guo Qi and Venerable Chang Chi were also present.

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