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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Ven. Guo Dong, the Abbot President of DDM, gave a Dharma talk at Dharma Drum Singapore in the evening of November 21, 2014 where Yong Nan Elder Nun, the Abbot of Long Quan Monastery made a special appearance. During the talk, Ven. Guo Dong thanked Yong Nan Elder Nun for her kindness in offering a place for DDM to set up Dharma Drum Singapore. In addition, he also reiterated the aspiration of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen to “Uplift the character of humanity and build a pure land on earth; dedicate ourselves to the wellbeing of all sentient being”, encouraging devotees to cultivate and extend loving kindness and compassion to all beings, regardless of time and place.


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For the purpose of celebrating the 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain, 50 Buddhist organizations in Malaysia joined together for the first time to host the Buddhist Culture and Arts Festival, held from 6 to 10 June, 2007. The goals of the festival were to encourage the Malaysian public to further understand Buddhism, and to recognize the positive contributions of Buddhism in Malaysia towards humanity and world peace.
On 31 May 2007, at the invitation of the organising committee, the convenor of DDM Sydney represented Master Sheng Yen and attended the Australian Observance of the United Nations Day of Vesak with two other DDM members at the Sydney Town Hall.
On Tuesday, February 20, 2007 CMC resident Changwu Fashi was guest speaker in the noontime Lecture Series, “Dialogue of Religions, Protecting the Environment: Christian, Jewish, Muslim & Buddhist Perspectives” at the Catholic Newman Center, Queens College, New York. The series is an interfaith initiative sponsored by Campus Ministries of Queens College, the President’s Office, Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, Catholic Newman Center, Newman Club, Queens College Hillel, and Ikaros Hellenic Orthodox Club. Students and clergy from the four faiths attended.
Accompanied by Dharma Drum Mountain’s followers, Venerable Guo Jian arrived in Chiang Rai of northern Thailand on 12 and 13 May 2007 to award scholarships to fifty-six students from disadvantaged families as a fulfillment of Venerable Master Sheng Yen’s inspirational compassion in supporting education for minority students.
On the evening of 31 March 2007, a fund-raising music concert was specially hosted by Dharma Drum Mountain in Malaysia.
On May 1, 2007, Guo Ming Fashi, abbot of the Chan Meditation Center, and resident nuns Guo Chian Fashi and Chang Wu Fashi were invited by the Global Peace Initiative of Women to attend a private reception for Venerable Tenzin Palmo in Manhattan.
Venerable Guo Qian specially arrived in Chicago from Dharma Drum Mountain’s Chan Meditation Center in New York to give the Dharma Talk on a topic of “A Spiritual Feast of Chan” from 25 to 27 May 2007.
Venerable Ji Cheng from Malaysia was invited to give a three-day dharma talk in Seattle from 12 to 14 April by DDM Seattle. Much wisdom of dharma was cultivated under the Venerable's inspirational guidance.
Two of Venerable Master Sheng Yen’s English publications, “The 108 Adages of Wisdom” and “The Bodhisattva Precepts” will be published by the Trailokya Buddha Ma-hasangha Shayak Gana (TBMSG) in India.
After much preparation, DDM Singapore hosted Dharma Talks over two days on the 9 and 10 March 2007.
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