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September 11th, 2001 is a date that will live in infamy. The attack by Al-Qaeda terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people and injured over 6,000 others, as well as causing property damage. As a result, the United States responded by launching the War on Terror. This hatred has led to racial discrimination and killing in succession. In 2016, Tomorrow Together by 911Day.org initiated ”Meal Pack for NYC” and has been supported by a diverse community of national service, youth, faith, and education organizations to actively promote the ideals of unity, empathy and service among young people throughout the United States. This year, the event took place at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.


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Most people can relate to the joy of birth, but know little about death. Where do people go after death? How does their soul consciousness leave their physical bodies behind and find their next life? Are we able to embrace death as much as we welcome birth?
A program encompassing an end-of-life care and a Buddhist ritual instruments practice was arranged by DDM Thailand from July, 2 - 3. Ven. Chang Chuo, director of Social Care Department, was invited to conduct this program. The three major topics covered were: 1. the principle of life and death as well as end-of-life care; 2. methods and practices of end-of-life care; and 3. end-of-life care and meditation – the Buddhist way – compassion and wisdom.
On May 28, 2016, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Centre in Malaysia organized a volunteer teacher training session on life education for children through picture books. Thirteen volunteers and two senior teachers of picture book, teacher Sun and teacher Li, explored the appeal and influence of picture books.
On May 29, 2016, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Centre Malaysia held an outdoor meditation event in Bandaraya Ipoh. It was later changed into an indoor meditation practice due to a sudden rain. By embracing the mindset that all arrangements are the best arrangements, volunteers accepted the situation happily, reflecting the Buddhist idea of adapting to the causes and conditions at any present moment.
To recreate the joy of last year’s gathering, Ven. Chang Zao (常藻) was once again invited to lead this year’s eighteenth National Dharma Teacher’s workshop. The topic of this year’s workshop was, “the more you teach, the more you feel at peace.” It was held in chief by the Taiping Buddhist Center, in cooperation with Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Centre Malaysia. More than fifty dharma teachers along with a number of college students participated in this activity, which lasted from May 30th to June 3rd and was held in the Taiping Buddhist Center.
(May the merit, virtue and wisdom gained from bathing the Tathagata release all sentient beings in the Five Turbidities from defilements and aspire the pure Dharma-body of the Tathagata)
On April 24, 2016 Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Centre Malaysia organized a “Stressed but not Depressed” workshop. Over 80 participants joined the workshop led by Ven. Chang Zao (常藻), the Centre’s director.
On May 1, the first One Day Amitabha Buddha’s Recitation Retreat was held at a Dharma Drum Mountain branch in Malaysia in conjunction with observing Eightfold Precepts. This retreat was attended by seventy devotees who cleared their busy schedules in order to train their mind and body.
Guanyin (Avalokitesvara) Bodhisattva universally saves and delivers all sentient beings. Commonly known for his compassion in hearing the calls for help and releasing people’s suffering by coming to their rescue in various manifestations, the Bodhisattva has been revered and worshiped since ancient times, especially by Chinese people, as the Goddess of Mercy, whom they can rely on and seek comfort from.
Despite its ancient origins, the practice of mindfulness and Chan meditation has been quite the trend lately. With all this buzz, maybe you've found yourself wondering what exactly Chan is? One recent Dharma Drum retreat answered just that for a group of Chan practictioners in Malaysia.
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