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Saturday May 28 Fee: Free (Donation is welcome)
9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm, Led by Nancy Bonardi

An opportunity for serious practitioners to sustain practice and receive guidance from meditation teachers. This retreat is open to people who have taken Beginners’ Meditation Class or already have an established meditation practice. The retreat will be held at CMC. Please call CMC at 718-592-6593 to pre-register.

Chan Meditation Center

90-56 Corona Avenue Elmhurst, NY 11373

718-592-6593

chancenter@gmail.com

Sunday April 30, 2016 Fee: Free (Donation is welcome)
9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm, Led by Ven. Chang Zhai

An opportunity for serious practitioners to sustain practice and receive guidance from meditation teachers. This retreat is open to people who have taken Beginners’ Meditation Class or already have an established meditation practice. The retreat will be held at CMC. Please call CMC at 718-592-6593 to pre-register.

Chan Meditation Center

90-56 Corona Avenue Elmhurst, NY 11373

718-592-6593

chancenter@gmail.com
Saturday March 26 Fee: Free (Donation is welcome)
9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm, Led by Ven. Chang Zhai

An opportunity for serious practitioners to sustain practice and receive guidance from meditation teachers. This retreat is open to people who have taken Beginners’ Meditation Class or already have an established meditation practice. The retreat will be held at CMC. Please call CMC at 718-592-6593 to pre-register.

Chan Meditation Center

90-56 Corona Avenue Elmhurst, NY 11373

718-592-6593

chancenter@gmail.com
Saturdays March 5, 12 & 19 (3 parts) Fee: Free! Donation is welcome.
2:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm, Led by Reiki Asher & Harry Miller



For those who are new to Chan meditation. This workshop is based on Buddhist meditation, including instruction on methods of sitting, breathing, walking, standing, sleeping, yoga exercises, self-massage.

Pre-registration is required. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.

Venue: Chan Meditation Center (91-26 Corona Ave. Elmhurst, NY 11373)
718-592-6593
chancenter@gmail.com
February 27, Saturday Fee: Free (Donation is welcome)
9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm, Led by Harry Miller
Chan Meditation Center

90-56 Corona Avenue

Elmhurst, NY 11373

718-592-6593

chancenter@gmail.com


An opportunity for serious practitioners to sustain practice and receive guidance from meditation teachers. This retreat is open to people who have taken Beginners’ Meditation Class or already have an established meditation practice. The retreat will be held at CMC. Please call CMC at 718-592-6593 or register online.
Saturday February 6, 2016
Time: 9:00am~5:00pm, by Abbot Ven. Guo Xing



In Appreciation of the Teachings of the late Venerable Chan Master Sheng Yen. Vowing to Transmit the Life of Wisdom of the Buddha.
Retreat includes: Sitting Meditation, Dharma talk.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. (the registration is closed~)

Chan Meditation Center
90-56 Corona Avenue
Elmhurst, NY 11373
718-592-6593
chancenter@gmail.com
"Don't worry about whether or not
you become enlightened — simply pick up
the huatou."


Huatou in Chinese, literally means "the origin of words," or that which precedes words and language. This refers to the state of the mind before the arising of conceptualization or, more precisely, before the arising of a single thought. Thus, huatou is the source of all words and of all thoughts, the fundamental nature of the mind.

But, it is also a method that we use to point directly at this mind while putting aside all other concerns. When we investigate huatou, we utilize questions such as: "What is my original face?" and "What is Wu?" These puzzling, seemingly illogical questions produce a deep sense of self-questioning which is called "the doubt sensation." If you can succeed in penetrating this doubt, you will discover that which you have always had.
A "Beginner's mind" is a mind open to experiencing life in the present moment, free from preconceived notions and expectations -- a mind open to genuine understanding and self-realization. If you are new to meditation practice, or have never participated in a retreat, this is an ideal way to begin your spiritual journey.

In addition to sessions of seated meditation, this retreat features interactive workshops:

The Art of Sitting

Quintessential instructions on seated meditation in the Chan tradition, also teaches various ways to massage the body. An opportunity for students to ask questions and difficulties relating to practice.



The Art of Walking

Teaches three forms of walking meditation methods: slow walking, fast walking, and natural walk. Very often we take walking for granted. But the art of walking can show us how to open up new possibilities in our experience of the world.



The Art of Questioning

Explores the fundamental question of who we are as human beings through an introduction to the Chan Gong'an (Japanese: Koan) method, which confronts the most fundamental questions of our existence. The quest for meaning is the drive behind all Buddhist practitioners. The format of this workshop is dialogue and discussion.



The Art of Perception

Introduces the Chan direct contemplation method. Practitioners meditate only on sound or sight itself, before judgment, comparison or conceptualization even begins to arise. The format of this workshop may be creative drawing, sound exploration, or dialogue.
Dedicate your weekend to practice. On this retreat, you have the chance to engage in a relaxing schedule of mindful activity from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

Harmonize your body and mind, by engaging in healthy living and Chan meditation — balancing all of the five aspects of diet, sleep, body, breath, and mind. Either in stillness or in motion, cultivate a clear and stable mind amidst all that you do. This is the very essence of Chan practice.

Settling into the weekend routine, you will experience greater relaxation of body and calmness of mind. Hear Dharma talks about meditation methods as well as basic principles of Buddhadharma and the unique approach of the Chan school. In this way, you'll be able to establish a solid foundation of understanding both methods and concepts of practice.
"Silently and serenely, forgetting all words,
clearly and vividly, it appears before you."

The above verse comes from "The Inscription on Silent Illumination," a poem composed by Master Hongzhi Zhengjue of the 12th century Caodong (Soto) lineage of the Chan school. This verse is a guideline for a method of practice, which he called Silent Illumination With this simple method, one cultivates relaxation and awareness of the state of body, mind, and environment. With the settling of wandering thoughts and conceptualization, there is "silence"; with the emergence of clarity, there is "illumination."
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