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Friday, November 14, 2014
DDM (Dharma Drum Mountain) founder Chan Master Sheng Yen (Shifu) once said "Don't worry about having a monastery, but keep a monastery in mind. If we keep practicing diligently, there will be the (physical) monastery naturally. "It is with great joy we share with you the progress of Chan Meditation Center's expansion project.


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Many visiting Fashi's were duly impressed by the DDM facility in Melbourne. It has a huge backyard with far reaching view of the surrounding area. The building has an entrance hall, which serves as the meeting room and library. There are dormitory beds for participants in lived-in retreats. Melbourne members are blessed to enjoy such facility in their pursue of the DDM visions and personal realisation.

On September 17, 18 and 19, three separate classes of 16 students each and teachers from Voyages Preparatory High School visited the Chan Meditation Center in New York to learn about Chan Buddhism and meditation. The teacher led the students in his classes on readings of the novel Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and wished to bring his classes to the Center as a part of their study of the book.

The most important day on any Buddhist's calendar - Vesak Day (Birth of the Buddha), is here again! To honor the King of Thailand's eightieth birthday this year, the Thai Government combined the two occasions for an expanded program of celebration from 26 to 29 May 2007.
Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) hosted a successful fundraising banquet at New York La Gardia Airport Marriot Hotel on 19 May 2007 to help finance the relocation of DDM New York Chan Meditation Center.
---Over one hundred and thirty people received the bodhisattva precepts to purify themselves with Venerable Master Sheng Yen.


On 14 November, 2010, Dharma Drum Mountain Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) hosted the Refuge-Taking Ceremony, presided by the Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong.
This was the first time I had ever been on retreat. I was very excited but also a little scared that I would find it too difficult. I had already indicated to our group leader that I wanted to take the three refuges so I was looking forward to that.

On the morning of 22 May, 2010, Dharma Drum Mountain in Vancouver (DDM Vancouver) celebrated the Vesak Festival with the bathing of the Buddha ceremony. Over 230 Buddhist followers from the great Vancouver metropolitan region attended the gathering.
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That became the theme for the retreat recently completed during the Easter long weekend at Camp Ku-Ring-Gai in Ebenezer, next to the Hawkesbury River and about 60 km from Sydney. The retreat started on Friday evening, 2 April and finished on Monday afternoon, 5 April 2010. A total of 18 participants and 5 volunteers attended the retreat.
On the afternoon of 21 February, 2010, the event titled 'Transmission of the Dharma Lamp', led by Venerable Chang Yan, was hosted at the practice center in Los Angles, United States of America.

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