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The Dharma Drum Mountain relief team stationed at Sichuan was praised by the Sichuan government and its local residents for the work that they have carried out. The local people were deeply touched by the compassion of DDM relief team in their commitment to help, and formed a strong bond with the members of the relief team.

As reported by overseas Chinese businessman in Myanmar of thirteen years and a passionate, longtime DDM volunteer Mr. Feng Tsai TSAI, a set of water purifiers donated by Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare & Charity Foundation in Myanmar (DDMSWCFM) was successfully installed for service on 13 June 2008, providing clean water for the cyclone victims.

Typhoon Kalmaegi struck Taiwan on 18 July 2008, flooding the central and southern regions and blocking road access to aboriginal villages in some mountain areas. According to an official report, the loss was over NT$10 million. Several people were killed.

3 May (Sat)
* Burma ravaged by cyclone
On 3 May (Sat), Burma was hit by the tropical cyclone Nargis, with the Irrawaddy Delta being the most hard-hit area.
13 May (Tue)

※ DDM quickly assembled a relief team following the earthquake.
In the afternoon of 12 May 2008 a devastating earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Sichuan Province in China, leaving tens of thousands dead. It is estimated that the death toll will keep escalating.
By Venerable Master Sheng Yen

- Relief Efforts in Cyclone-hit Myanmar and Earthquake-stricken Sichuan, China

- Empathize with the afflicted: relief work without discrimination in the spirit of philanthropy
Following months of a fundraising campaign, The Quanta Culture and Education Foundation donated NT $9 million to Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) on 6 June 2008 to uphold DDM's humanitarian relief work in China's quake-ruined areas.


Theravada Buddhism has been endorsed as the national religion in Burma (officially known as the Union of Myanmar) since 1044. It is therefore natural for the Burmese to have incorporated Buddhist customs into their daily life. No wonder Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi described her people as peaceful and tranquil - two beautiful characteristics which could be ascribed to the Burmese devotion to Buddhism.

Most Venerable Master Sheng Yen promotes the "Four aggregates of inner peace" ideology to help victims cope with disaster trauma and rebuild their lives.
The United Nations (UN) has warned that 70% of the disaster victims in Burma will face food shortage and have pledged the assistance of the international community. The UN has also pleaded with the Burmese government to relax its rules and let international relief organisations and relief supplies enter the disaster areas.

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