1. Chan Retreat "Paths to Chan" with Hildi Thalmann, Chan-Teacher in the Tradition of Master Sheng Yen: October 3 –October 9, 2016. This is an introduction to the different Chan methods.

2. Chan Meditation Retreat “Silent Illumination” with Žarko Andričević, Dharma Heir of Meister Sheng Yen February 25 to March 4, 2017. Application is available at

3. Chan Huatou Retreat with Chang Hui Fashi from DDM TW and Chang Wu Fashi, Abbess of DDM Vancouver May 13th to May 20th, 2017: Huatou – the diamond sword that cuts off all attachments. Application is available at

All this retreats will be held in English and German or German with English translation available.

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We all know that in dreams people confuse dream phenomena with reality by engaging in those scenarios. They don’t realize that it is only a dream until they wake up. What most people don’t know is that our daytime activities are also a dream, in which our minds are constantly engaged in images from our memories and regarding those as real. How can this all be a dream?
It’s difficult to put into words why exactly I was drawn to meditation. I grew up in a secular household with no particular religious inclination, and didn’t know many people with an interest in meditation, let alone a regular practice. Still, for many years I had an on-again, off-again interest in meditation, and had on more than one occasion given it a try. Without much guidance or structure though, I never developed a regular practice and my understanding of meditation remained quite simple. Fortunately, when I arrived in Taiwan for a six-month stay, I brought with me a newfound interest in meditation. After learning about Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) and their International Meditation Group (IMG), I decided to attend one of their weekly meditation sessions run in English. After nearly six months of regular practice, I’m still trying to figure out what exactly meditation means to me and where it fits in my life. Having said that, developing a regular meditation practice has been an extremely engaging, thought-provoking, and introspective process that has served as a kind of mirror for my life and my place in the world. It is something that can be taught in a half hour but practiced for a lifetime, and is one of the simplest and yet most fascinating things a person can do.