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“I took a different approach to teaching Chan in the West, adapting it to the lives of my followers, laypeople who could only stay in retreat for a few days. […] My approach is different from the approach used in China’s Chan Halls. In Chinese Chan, there is no exercise other than periods of fast walking to break up longer periods of still, silent sitting meditation. I have combined in my teaching this Chinese technique of fast walking with the Theravada practice of slow walking. I also use yoga from India and Taiji and massage from China in my teaching. Westerners seem to like and respond well to this variety and the mix of stillness and motion.” – from Footprints in the Snow by Chan Master Sheng Yen more
Chan exists universally and eternally. There is no need for any teacher to transmit it; what is transmitted is just the method by which one can personally experience Chan. In China, the Chan school developed from Indian Dhyana Buddhism, which taught methods of meditative concentration aimed at the attainment of an absorbed, concentrated state of mind. This school later spread to other countries from China, and is called Zen in Japan, Son in Korea, and Thien in Vietnam. More...
Although the methods of tso-ch'an (sitting meditation) given above 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 practicing tso-ch'an, it is important that body and mind be relaxed. If one is physically or mentally tense, trying to do tso-ch'an can be counter-productive. Sometimes certain feelings or phenomena arise while meditating. If you are relaxed, whatever symptoms arise are usually good. It can be pain, soreness, itchiness, warmth or coolness, these can all be beneficial. But in the context of tenseness, these same symptoms may indicate obstacles.
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Give your self one day for meditation — a day to still the mind. Learn how to apply methods of meditation and mindfulness while sitting, walking, exercising, working, eating, and all other activities. The simple and relaxed schedule allows you to settle your mind while at the same time allowing you to maintain a constant silent awareness of your every activity. More



Dharma Drum’s Eight-Form Moving Meditation is a set of easy-to-learn exercises that can be practiced almost anywhere and at anytime. This system of “meditation through motion” is beneficial to both body and mind, and once acquired through diligent practice, can be performed whether walking, standing, sitting or reclining, so that you are always mindful of being relaxed in body and mind. By practicing the Eight Forms, you will always be composed and at ease, and at every moment enjoy the bliss of meditation and the joy of the Dharma
For a long time, I searched for answers about the meaning of life. In 1975, I happened to participate in a meditation course led by two Lamas, and heard them say, “You don’t have to believe anything I say. You should still think about it and put it into practice, to see whether what I have said benefits you.” From then on, I developed an interest in Buddhism.
When talking about broad topics like peace, relfect on your personal limitations. Strive primarily to achieve harmony of body and mind, and then gradually extend this harmony to your surroundings. Eventually, you will be able to merge with the numerous worlds of living beings throughout the Dharmadhartu, and with all the Buddhas in the ten directions and the three period of time.
Bearing hardship means accepting torments, while bearing the loss of pleasure demands the self-discipline of a higher will. By being able to endure the seemingly unendurable, we are able to observe the precepts purely.
In a world of great uncertainties and alienation, in a life full of challenges and difficulties,we need an anchor, a compass, and a lighthouse to help us cross the choppy sea of life. The key lies in our mind, in how much we know about our own mind and whether we can be the master of our own mind. International Meditation Group, IMG, shares with you the why and how of life as taught by Chan Buddhism, through which we can find true peace and wisdom, as well as the delight of life and the warmth in the world. Come and join us in the meditation practice conducted regularly on Saturday morning. Please visit IMG for details.
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The Living Environment of Human Beings Among the important living environment for human beings are these four: the meterial, the spiritual, the social, and the natural.
Having faith in the Three Jewels is certainly the most characteristic feature of a Buddhist. Followers of other, theistic religions either believe only in God (i.e., Jews and Muslims), or in the Holy Father, Holy Son, and Holy Spirit (i.e., [Protestant] Christians), or in this trinity plus the Holy Mother (i.e., Catholics). Because Buddhism is an atheistic religion, Buddhists do not worship the Buddha as a deity, nor do they regard him as the one and only Buddha or as the creator of everything who can absolve all the sins of humankind. Rather, the Buddha is a teacher who can help students change their dispositions, acquire knowledge, and cultivate their bodies and minds; he cannot, however, learn for the students or take entrance examinations for them.
The Wealth of Chan Meditation I & II Chan is a school of Buddhist meditation that is found throughout East Asia. It is known as Zen in Japan, Thiên in Vietnam, and Sŏn in Korea. Its distinctive form first took shape in China some fifteen hundred years ago. The aim of Chan is to live life with wisdom and compassion through realization of our interconnectedness with all things. Chan involves active awareness, participation and engagement in daily life. The foundation of this goal is seated meditation. In this session, Master Sheng Yen discusses the benefits of seated meditation in the context of Chan practice and scientific findings about meditation. He does not elaborate the methods of practice in great detail because meditation cannot be learned by reading a book. Interested readers are encouraged to find a Chan meditation center and receive instruction on the actual practice from a qualified teacher.More...
As we all have vexations, we often feel uneasy; since on this retreat we have heard the Buddhadharma, we should use it to dissolve the vexations.

Chan practice requires both the guidance of concepts and the cultivation of body and mind. The guidance of concepts consists of dissolving the vexations in our mind through hearing Buddhadharma; from this we derive the joy of the Dharma.

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Emptiness and Existence?
Suffering of Suffering
The Method of Chan is the method of Settling the Mind
The Gateless Gate

Sudden Enlightenment and Gradual Enlightenment
Chan Buddhism is a synthesis of the wisdom of Indian Buddhism and the cultivation of meditative concentration. In India, wisdom manifested through meditative concentration, but from the very beginning, the goal of Chan has been the direct cultivation of wisdom. If we can successfully generate wisdom, then it will be more than an intellectual understanding; it will also help us realize that emptiness is universal, and that is the function and vision of Chan. But Chan is also comprised of two paths- that of sudden enlightenment and that of gradual enlightenment, both leading to the same destination. While some people might suddenly experience enlightenment or discover wisdom, for the vast majority the cultivation process proceeds gradually. More...
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Where does the feeling of a deep sense of loneliness come from?
Chan and Anxieties in Modern Life: All is Well, as You Like it
Emotion Turmoil
Eliminating Attachment to Worldly Emotions and Desires
Eliminating Anxiety and Fear

Where does the feeling of a deep sense of loneliness come from?
People who cannot connect themselves with the outside world in terms of space and time, who do not understand cause and effect, and causes and conditions, will feel lonely. When I was in solitary retreat, I knew that I was together with all sentient beings in innumerable worlds. Even though I seemed to be alone in a small, enclosed room, actually I was in the company of many ants who found their way inside, and insects outside of the hut created all kinds of sounds in the evening. More...
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Affirming, Developing, and Dissolving the Self
Cultivating a Strong Character

Affirming, Developing, and Dissolving the Self
At Dharma Drum Mountain meditation camp, I emphasize affirming and developing the self, but after we do that, we should dissolve the self and transcend our human character to perfect pure mind. We do not measure success or failure in terms of visible or invisible fame, fortune, power, or status. Who do you think will become a Buddha first? Will it be someone here in the audience, or will it be me? You might think it won’t be one of my disciples, but me. In fact, that’s not necessarily so. In a marathon, people who are ahead early may fall behind, and people who are behind at first may move ahead. People are continuously changing positions. Therefore, in practice, do not pay attention to whether others are running faster or practicing better than you, and don’t be concerned about who’s ahead and who’s behind. The most important thing is to give your best all the time.More...
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Contents: Shunning or Renouncing the World
by Chan Master Sheng Yen
Year of the Dog
by Venerable Guo Yuan
Why Do We (Buddhist Dharma Practitioners) March?
by Rebecca Li
Returning to Origins
by Ernest Heau
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The Place of Women in Buddhism
by Chan Master Sheng Yen
Return to Shawangunk
by Venerable Guo Yuan
Mindfulness of Breathing as Applied to Advanced Chan Methods
by Venerable Guo Huei
Buddhism and Race
by Rebecca Li
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Please click here to see full text Contents: My Intellectual Autobiography–Life in the Army (by Chan Master Sheng Yen) Don’t Think (by Gilbert Gutierrez) The Arising of Conditioned Appearance From the True Mind–Part 11 (by Abbot Venerable Guo Xing) The Past (from CMC, DDRC and DDMBA Worldwide) The Future (retreats, classes and upcoming events) Chan Meditation Center Affiliates
Please click here to see full text Contents: From the Editor Reason and Emotion(by Chan Master Sheng Yen) The Arising of Conditioned Appearance From the True Mind–Part 7(by Abbot Venerable Guo Xing) Strong Determination(by Žarko Andričević) Retreat Report(by Maria Balog) The Past (from CMC, DDRC and DDMBA Worldwide) The Future (retreats, classes and upcoming events) Chan Meditation Center Affiliates
Please click here to see full text Contents: A Dream Narrative(by Chan Master Sheng Yen) Butterfly Dream (by Zhuang Zhou) The Arising of Conditioned Appearance From the True Mind-Part 3(by Abbot Venerable Guo Xing) Training Story (by Guo Gu) My Mother′s Last Gift (by Xueshan) Retreat Report (by Mimi Yu) The Contractor (by Harry Miller) The Past(News from CMC, DDMBA and DDRC) The Future(Retreats, classes and upcoming events) Chan Meditation Center Affiliates
Please click here to see full text Contents: From the Editor On Gong’ans(by Chan Master Sheng Yen, translated by Guo Gu) When A Beautiful Woman’s Spirit Departs(by Guo Gu) The Water Buffalo’s Tail(by Harry Miller) Working with Gong’ans (by Simon Child) Master and Student(by Gilbert Gutierrez) The Past(News from CMC, DDMBA and DDRC) The Future(Retreats, classes and upcoming events) Chan Center Affiliates
Please click here to see full text Contents: From the Editor World Crises and Fundamentalism(Dharma Talk by Chan Master Sheng Yen) Hidden Assumptions, Fixed Views(Dharma Talk by Dr. Simon Child) Leaving Home, Part Four(How David Kabacinski became Changwen Fashi by Ven. Changwen) The Past(News from the Chan Meditation Center and DDMBA) The Future (Retreats, classes and other upcoming events) Chan Center Affiliates
Please click here to see full text Contents: From the Editor In Retrospect(Early Lectures of Master Sheng Yen in America, Part 3) Difficult Practice (Retreat Talk by Ven. Guo Ru) The Past(News from the Chan Meditation Center and DDMBA) The Future (Retreats, classes and other upcoming events) Chan Center Affiliates
Please click here to see full text Contents: From the Editor The Seven Factors of Enlightenment(The second of three articles by Chan Master Sheng Yen) Ink and Water(Interview with Ven. Chi Chern by Buffe Laffey) Huatou vs. Silent Illumination(Retreat talk by Guo Ru Fashi) The Past(News from the Chan Meditation Center and DDMBA) The Future(Retreats, classes and other upcoming events) Chan Center Affiliates
Spring 2009 Please click here to see full text Contents From Dharma Drum Mountain(Official notification of Shifu’s passing) Last Will and Testament Transmission(Dharma teachers-in-training meet Shifu for the final time) New Year Greetings(Master Sheng Yen’s final talks) Gratitude and Vows(by Guogu) The Noble Eightfold Path(The third of four articles by Chan Master Sheng Yen) The Past(News from the Chan Meditation Center and DDMBA) The Future(Retreats, classes and other upcoming events) Chan Center Affiliates
Spring 2008 Please click here to see full text Contents From the Editor Chan Comes West(A selection of Chan Master Sheng Yen’s earliest teachings in America) "Rising Compassion"(CMC’s 30th Anniversary Celebration) Walking With the Buddha(Photo essay by Rikki Asher) The Past(News from the Chan Meditation Center and DDMBA) The Future(Retreats, classes, and other upcoming events) Chan Center Affiliates
Spring 2007 Please click here to see full text Contents From the Editor "How Do We Achieve Peace?"(Opening and closing remarks to the Young Leaders Peacebuilding Retreat by Chan Master Sheng Yen) Hongzhi’s Silent Illumination Chan(Excerpts from the Extensive Record of Chan Master Hongzhi translated by Guogu) The Past(News from the Chan Meditation Center and DDMBA) The Future(Retreats, classes, and other upcoming events) Chan Center Affiliates
Spring 2004 Please click here to see full text Contents: From the Editor The Four Proper Exertions: Part Four(The last in a series of four articles by Chan Master Sheng Yen) Like a Sound-Absorbing Board(An excerpt from"Master Sheng Yen teaches Guan Yin's Methods of Practice" by Master Sheng Yen, translated by Ocean Cloud) Traveling with Shifu to Jerusalem(By Rebecca Li) Everything is OK; Just Relax(Retreat Report by C.M.) Why Yoga?(By Rikki Asher) The Past(News from the Chan Meditation Center and DDMBA) The Future(Retreats, classes, and other upcoming events) Chan Center Affiliates
Spring 2005 Please click here to see full text Contents From the Editor Dharma of Teachings, Dharma of Mind (The third in a series of lectures based on the Platform Sutra by Chan Master Sheng Yen) In Memoriam(Professor David Chappell;Zen Master Seuhng Sahn) “What Is Wu?”(Retreat Report by M.L.) “Homage to Guan Yin Pusa”(Poem by Ernest Heau, Drawing by Rikki Asher) The Past(News from the Chan Meditation Center and DDMBA) The Future (Retreats, classes, and other upcoming events) Chan Center Affiliates
Spring 2006 Please click here to see full text Contents From the Editor The Four Foundations of Mindfulness(The first of two lectures on the mindfulness practices by Chan Master Sheng Yen) Hold Steady, Swirling(Poem by Mike Morical) Hung-chou Chan(An article on the origins of Chan Buddhism’s unique style of practice and discourse by Dale S. Wright) Retreat Reports(Reports from the retreats at DDRC) The Past(News from the Chan Meditation Center and DDMBA) The Future(Retreats, classes, and other upcoming events) Chan Center Affiliates
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