120 global practitioners experienced the Chan practices of Master Sheng Yen in the early years

At DDM World Center for Buddhist Education, Gilbert Gutierrez, the Dharma Heir of Master Sheng Yen from the U.S. hosted the 7-day bilingual Chan Retreat from March 2 to 9, 2019. One hundred and twenty attendees from 16 countries of America, Europe and South Eastern Asia, ranging from age of 25 to 74, including new and 20 to 30 years experienced practitioners, even non-Buddhists joined the retreat.
Can we explain mystical experiences as some sort of physical phenomena?

Physical phenomena refer to the matters and forces studied in physics, such as magnetic fields and forces, electromagnetic waves, electromagnetic induction, optics, velocity of light, thermal energy, gaseous energy, gasification, and so on. Mystical experiences generally refer to people’s receptions and sensations of spiritual forces. The correct way to generate mystical experiences is to attain extraordinary functions of the mind, body and sense organs through methods of cultivation. Mystical experiences may also be taken as the function of resonant responses between practitioners and the buddhas, bodhisattvas, various divine beings as well as ghost and deities.

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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 know and use a method.
Following days of rehearsals of the ritual, explanation of the precepts, and practices of repentance, at 10:30 am on March 10, 1163 lay Buddhists from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Canada, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore and Taiwan gathered together to take the Bodhisattva Precept for Lay Practitioners at DDM World Center for Buddhist Education in New Taipei City, aspiring to help build a pure land on earth by upholding the spirit of the bodhisattva’s great vows.

[Notice] Nung Chan Monastery will not be open from April 27 to May 4 for 7-day Foundation Chan Retreat.

For your kind reference, as Nung Chan Monastery is holding the 7-Day Foundation Chan Retreat, from April 27 to May 4, 2019, the Campus will NOT be open to the general public within the above duration.

During this period of time, activities only take account of Retreat; neither sight-seeing nor photographing were permitted.

The campus will be reopening as soon as the retreat is ended after May 4. Many thanks for your kind attention.

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With Joined Palms
On Jan 19 -29, Dharma Drum Sangha University held the 16th Awakening Camp at Chan Hall of DDM World Center for Buddhist Education. More than 130 youth participants from the US, Spain, various countries of Southern-East Asia, Hong Kong, Macau, China, as well as Taiwan got together and had 11- day monkhood experiences, starting off a journey of “ the enlightened.”
Each year during the Tomb-Sweeping Festival, with the guidance of equanimity and compassion, DDM branches across the world hold "Crossing Over Ritual for the Deceased" or "Intensive Buddha-Name Recitation Dharma Service" to carry out the four aspects of DDM’s vision - protecting the spiritual environment, purifying practitioners' body and mind.

The hope that their ancestors may depart from suffering and attain happiness and that their relatives and friends could enjoy good fortune and longevity are thus fulfilled with wondrous merit.
On Jan 27, 2019, Prof. Chan, Yuk Sim, Director of the Hong Kong Center of Syracuse University, led about 60 students from universities across America to visit Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education for a glimpse of Buddhist architecture and statue craftsmanship. During their visit, they appreciated the cultural deposits of Chinese philosophy from a religious perspective, and by practicing exercises such as walking, eating, bowl-holding and sitting meditation,students sampled Chan mediation and felt the unity of body and mind.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of practicing on one's own, with a group and with a master?

Practice can occur in various settings: individual practice, group practice, short-term practice, long-term practice, daily practice, and intensive, periodic practice. Individual practice can be relaxed, periodically intensive, short-term or long-term; the same is true for group practice. One can also look at these forms of practice from the point of view of lay persons vs. home-leavers. I will try to address all of these situations.
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