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Major international conferences and summits in 2015 – on financing for development, sustainable development, and climate change – have defined a new sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years. At all levels, from global to local, eyes will now be turned on implementing this ambitious agenda. A change in understanding is needed, a deeper recognition of the interconnection between all. Stakeholders began to utilize approaches that examines sets of issues as a whole and focus on the connections between them. The concepts of interconnection and interdependence have entered the mainstream and are words commonly used today. How will this understanding help us address the climate and ecological crisis, which is also connected to the crisis of poverty, disease, and injustice? What is the deeper link that binds these problems together?


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On Sunday, June 7, 2009, Venerable Guo Ru gave a talk entitled, "Spiritual Growth Amidst the Difficulties of Daily Life" at CMC.


On 22 May 2009, Vice Provost of Chan Practice Center, Venerable Guo Yuan and Venerable Chang Qin of the Lamp Transmission Department commenced their 10-day Dharma tour in Malaysia.

On April 19, 2009, Venerable Chang Hwa, Director of CMC, gave a talk entitled "Educational Views in the Lotus Sutra".

On Friday, June 5, 2009, Venerable Guo Ru, first disciple of Master Sheng Yen, gave a lecture at CMC entitled, "Huatou Chan Meditation: The Way of the Ancestor Masters".
On Sunday, May 31, 2009, Venerable Chang Ji gave a talk entitled, "Your Planet Needs You: UNite to Combat Global Warming" at CMC. The talk was based on Venerable’s attendance of a recent conference at the UN with the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and focused on the issue of climate change.
On Sunday, May 3, 2009, the Most Venerable Master Ren Jun gave a talk at CMC to commemorate the Buddha's Birthday. Before the talk, ten children greeted the Most Venerable Master with ceremonial bows and flowers.

On Sunday, May 17, 2009, Venerable Guo Xing, Abbot of CMC and Dharm Drum Retreat Center gave a talk entitled, "How Do You See People?"

On Friday, May 1, 2009, CMC presented "The Truman Show" as part of Movies and Mind, where films are screened and discussed from a Buddhist perspective. Truman (or "True-Man"), the protagonist, is living in a reality television show, complete with placement ads, and is the only person who doesn't realize it.
On Friday, April 3, 2009, CMC presented "Why has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East" as part of "Movies and Mind", where films are screened and discussed from a Buddhist perspective.

On 9 May 2009, DDM Sydney hosted the Vesak celebration at the DDM Sydney Chan Hall at Campsie. Thirteen participants gathered together to celebrate the Birth of the Buddha.
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