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Weekend Meditation Class, May 3-5, 2018

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan
Begins: Friday, May 3, check in 4-6 pm
Ends: Sunday, May 5, 4 pm
Fee: $190
Openings: Available – Registration
Deadline: Apr 30

One-Day English Chan Meditation
The retreat is opened to English speakers who are interested in Chan meditation practice. Registration is required.

Date: May 11, 2019
Time:09:00 – 17:00
Venue: Yun Lai Monastery
(Add. No.186, Gongguan Rd., Beitou Dist. Taipei)
Fee:Free of charge and your donation to DDM will be most appreciated

Registration Here

If you have any further questions, feel free to email to img.ddm@gmail.com
After your registration, the confirmation letter and further information will be sent by email by the time of the class.
Mindful Youth (ages 10 -14) Spring 2019 Program

Class Schedules: 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11,
Saturdays, 2:00 - 4:30 pm


It's free. Donations are highly appreciated

Questions: info@ddmbasf.org

The above quote comes from the poem “Silent Illumination,” composed by Master Hongzhi Zhengjue, a 12th century lineage holder of the Caodong (Jap. Soto) school of Chan Buddhism. The quote describes the mind of someone who has left behind all attachment to thought and conceptualization. Doing this, they clearly know the nature of things through the direct experience of enlightenment. Master Hongzhi wrote many beautiful poems describing his deep insight. While today we can read these poems for inspiration and encouragement in our practice, they also function as guidelines for a method known as silent illumination. With this method, the aim is to develop and maintain relaxation, clarity and openness of mind. Ultimately, the goal is to see into the nature of the mind. One who has achieved this insight establishes a solid understanding and confidence of how to cultivate freedom and ease in dealing with all situations. Naturally, they know how to resolve their remaining vexations, and use wisdom and compassion in their daily lives
For those who are new to Chan meditation.

Time: Two Saturdays, Feb. 16, 2pm to 5pm & Mar. 2, 9:30am-4pm

Led by: Dr. Rikki Asher (1st class), Ven. Chang Zhai (2nd class)

Fee: Free (Donation is welcome).

Preregistration is required. Please call 718-592-6593 or Registration HERE
Let’s explore the relationship between Yoga and Meditation from a Chan perspective
Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing and bring an open mind

Led by: Venerable Chang Wu and Tom Kaczmarski
Date and Time: Sunday February 24 2018 from 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Fee: By donation
Date: Saturday, 2/23/2019

Time: 2:00pm ~ 4:30pm

Registration: Register HERE

Chan Meditation Workshop Series - for the Busy and the Stressed

Bring Meditation into Everyday Life

Busy? Stressed? Fatigued? And no time to enjoy life? These are just few of the many side-effects feeling by the norm nowadays. Life doesn’t have to be that way. When was the last time that you decompressed completely, felt relaxed and refreshed with total enjoyment? Would you do that more often if you have the time? What if there are simple concepts and methods that you can learn, practice, and build on, to feeling calm, relaxed and anew, wherever and whenever you need? And, at the same time, enabling your surroundings to be a better place to live - because you are better! Yes, this is all very doable and completely dependent on the decisions you make and the efforts you put in through time into something very meaningful and worthwhile, called Chan Meditation.

Come! Come join us and embarking on a journey of self-mastery through Chan Meditation with the destination for humanity! Dharma Drum Mountain in Fremont welcomes you to attend our Chan Meditation Workshop Series. These interactive workshops focus on interlacing short segments of concepts/methods with hands-on practices to maximize your learning while enabling you to connect the learning into practical daily life applications.

In this upcoming Introductory Workshop (2 to 2.5 hours, depending on participant Q&A), we will guide you through the basic tenets of sitting meditation, including proper bodily posture (while sitting on the cushion or chair), relaxation, and an effective concentration method. This introductory workshop is a good preparation for the Foundational Workshop.

Note: please wear comfortable and loose clothing to keep body warm and relaxed.
This event is free. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Registration is required as workshop group size is limited to ensure full facilitation and participation.
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