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Give yourself one day for meditation — a day to still the mind.

This silent retreat is non-intensive; the simple and relaxed schedule allows you to settle your mind while at the same time allowing you to maintain a constant awareness of your every activity.

Sitting periods are thirty minutes. In between sittings you are guided in gentle yoga and walking meditation.

The retreat also offers a review of basic meditation methods such as breath awareness, as well as brief Dharma talks.

If you would like to also attend the 1-Day Intensive retreat on the following day, you are welcome to stay over in our dormitory. Most people find that attending these one-day retreats regularly can help renew the strength of their daily practice.

The fee includes a vegetarian lunch.




Date: May 13 Sunday, 9:30 am ~ 2:30 pm

• 9:30 am ~ 10:30 am Chanting & Bathing the Buddha Ceremony

•11:00 am ~ 12:00 pm
Special Dharma Talk: Be at Peace and Free from All Troubles ~ by Ven. Guo Yuan

•12:00 pm ~ 2:30 pm Lunch Gathering

•Please click HEREfor event details.

Venue: Chan Meditation Center 91-26 Corona Ave. Elmhurst NY 11373
Learn to become a bodhisattva!
This is a path to Buddhahood for the laity!


The purpose of taking the Bodhisattva Precepts is learning to acquire the spirt of bodhisattvas:
To cease all wrong-doing,

To protect all that's wholesome/benevolent,

To benefit all sentient beings
Time: May 26 – June 3, 2018

Led by: Simon Child & Rebecca Li

Begins: Saturday, May 26 – check in 4:00-6:00 pm
Ends: Sunday, June 3 – 2:00 pm
Fee: $585
Openings: Registration opens in February
Deadline: May 22
How Should One Approach Daily Meditation Practice?

“You know you want to benefit from daily practice, but you don’t know how to go about doing it.
First, you should have a proper mental attitude towards practice. Second, you should use a method.” – Excerpt from Zen Wisdom by Chan Master Sheng Yen




Date: May 4-6, 2018

Led by: Abbot Guo Yuan

Begins:
Friday, May 4, check in 4:00-6:00 pm

Ends:
Sunday, May 6, 4:00 pm

Fee: $190

Openings: Register Now

Deadline: May 1
Begins: Friday, April 6, check in 4-6 pm

Ends: Sunday, April 8, 4 pm
Fee: $220
Openings: Register HERE
Deadline: April 3

The Vimalakirti Sutra is the one of the most profound and insightful sutras
that expounds how lay practitioners can cultivate the Bodhisattva Path. In
this lecture, Guo Gu will talk about the core teaching and its application in
our daily life.


Guest speaker: Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu)
Founder of Tallahassee Chan Center
Associate Professor at Florida State University
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.

Time: Mar 31 (Sat) 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
Fee: Free (Donation is welcome) Led by Harry Miller

Please call CMC at 718-592-6593 or registration Online.
Although the methods of meditation are simple and straightforward, it is best to practice them under the guidance of a teacher. Without a teacher, a meditator will not be able to correct beginner’s mistakes, which if uncorrected, could lead to problems or lack of useful results.

In our weekend meditation class, you will learn the fundamentals of sitting meditation, including proper bodily posture (sitting on a cushion or a chair), relaxation, and basic methods of concentration. In addition, you’ll learn about the proper environment, equipment, and timing, as well as self-massage and important concepts related to the process of meditation. Explanations about various experiences and obstacles in meditation will also be given.

The format of the class allows you to immerse yourself in the training, over two nights and two days. Your grasp of the methods will improve with each sitting, reinforced by group practice with like-minded students. You will return home motivated and equipped to cultivate your personal daily practice.


Time: March 2-4, 2018
Led by: Abbot Guo Yuan

Begins:Friday, March 2
check in 4:00-6:00 pm

Ends:Sunday, March 4 4:00 pm

Fee:$190

Openings:Register Now

Deadline: February 27
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