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Dharma Drum Mountain in Malaysia (DDM Malaysia) hosted the Moonlight Festival on 10 September 2008, its last event before relocation.


On Friday, October 17, 2008, CMC held a screening of How to Cook Your Life, the first of three movies to be shown in this fall's series of "Movies and Mind", where people can learn about buddhadharma through cinema and discussions. The documentary stars Edward Espe Brown, a long-time chef, Zen practitioner and student of Suzuki Roshi.
On Sunday, September 28, 2008, Bill Wright gave a lecture on "The Three Seals" at CMC. Currently a dharma teacher in training, he is a long-term follower of Master Sheng Yen, and teaches workshops on "Dharma 10" and the "Four Noble Truths". The Three Seals are the subject of the Buddha's second sermon after attaining enlightenment.

On September 20, about twenty people from CMC went to the beach at Jacob Riis Park in Jamaica Bay, Queens to practice walking meditation. Chang Wen Fashi guided a meditation walk along the water and direct contemplation practice.
During the August and September months, DDM Sydney ran for the first time, a unique meditation course titled 'Buddhist Meditation Course 101' led by Venerable Guo Jun. This course was a series of four 3-hour lessons designed for beginners interested in learning meditation.

The Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival held at the Chan Meditation Center in New York on September 13 was described as an event where participants can "appreciate the moon with a Chan mind". Approximately 120 people, including resident monks and nuns of DDRC and CMC, and several monastics , including the Abbess of Grace Gratitude Temple, Venerable Jing Yi, and monastics from Pu Jou Temple attended this event.

On the night of 13 September 2008, the Chan Meditation Center of Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) in New York celebrated the Chinese tradition of the Full Moon Festival. There were about 120 people present at the event, including Venerable Jinyi, Venerable Chuanhui, Venerable Mingkuan from the Fo En Monastery and Venerable Zhilung from the Pu Zhao Monastery.

On September 6, 2008, over 60 people attended a talk given by Nancy Bonardi about metta or lovingkindness practice during Sunday's Open House at the Chan Meditation Center.
Dharma Drum Mountain Malaysia (DDM Malaysia) hosted a charity sale on 27 July 2008 to express their utmost gratitude to the peoples' long-term support and to raise funds for the construction of a new office. Preparation for the event took approximately one month, where the theme of "Living Environment" aimed to encourage people to cherish our resources and environment.
Dharma Drum Mountain at Vancouver, Canada, hosted the 2008 Youth Growth Camp between 22 and 24 August. This event was led by Venerable Guo Shu, Venerable Chang Yi and Venerable Chang Xing and provided an excellent opportunity for young people to learn more about Chinese Chan (Zen), in particular the real meaning of Chan and methods of Chan practice.

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