Time: March 8-17, 2019

Led by : Abbot Guo Yuan

Begins: Friday, March 8 check in 4-6 pm

Ends: Sunday, March 17 1:30 pm

Fee: $600

Openings: Available –Registration HERE

Deadline: March 5

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.

Retreat Program

The silent illumination method will be taught in the context of daily life activities, such as sitting, standing, walking, sleeping, working, and eating. Chanting and gentle yoga exercises further harmonize the body, breath, and mind. The retreat also includes daily lectures, meditation instruction, guided meditation, and personal interviews. You can view a sample schedule here.

More info of Silent Illumination at DDRC, NY
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.
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
Time: 2019/2/22-2/24, 2019

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan

Begins: Friday, Feb 22 check in 4-6 pm

Ends: Sunday, Feb 24, 4 pm

Fee: $220

Openings: Available – sign in to register

Deadline: Feb 19

Dedicate your weekend to practice. On this retreat, you have the chance to engage in a relaxing schedule of mindful activity from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

Harmonize your body and mind, by engaging in healthy living and meditation — balancing all of the five aspects of diet, sleep, body, breath, and mind. Either in stillness or in motion, cultivate a clear and stable mind amidst all that you do. This is the very essence of practice.

Hear Dharma talks about meditation methods as well as basic principles of Buddhadharma. In this way, you’ll be able to establish a solid foundation of understanding both methods and concepts of practice.

This is an intermediate retreat; beginners who have had instruction in basic meditation techniques are welcome.

Chinese New Year is here again!

Venue: Chan Meditation Center 91-26 Corona Ave.

Feb 5, 2019

8:00 am ~ 9:00 am The 88 Buddhas Great Repentance Morning Service

9:30 am ~ 11:30 am The Medicine Buddha Chanting Service

11:30 am New Year Lunch

Feb 6 ~ 9

9:30 am ~ 11:30 am The Medicine Buddha Chanting Service

Feb 10

10:00 am ~ 10:40 am Taking Refuge Ceremony

11:00 am ~ 12:30 pm Chinese New Year Special Dharma Talk
~ by Ven. Guo Yuan

1:30 pm ~ 3:30 pm Zen Art Events

More info of 2019 Chinese New Year at CMC, NY

Date: Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2019
Time: 9:00 am~5:00 pm

In the memory of our late Chan Master Sheng Yen, we practice together to reinforce the beginner’s mind and vow. The wholehearted practice to achieve great realization represents the deepest respect and appreciation to our Shifu.

Meditation: 2 sessions/day: 9am ~ 12pm & 1pm – 5pm.
Passing on the Lamp Ritual: Feb 3.
Retreat talks: the late Chan Master Sheng Yen’s DVD talks.

Prerequisite: must have taken the Beginner’s classes or already have an established meditation practice.

Registration: Please click HERE
for online registration.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Any questions, please call CMC at +1-718-592-6593.

Date: March 2nd to March 9th, 2019

Location: Chan Hall, Dharma Drum Mountain, Taiwan

Led by: Gilbert Gutierrez

Registration: Registration

Deadline: February 2nd, 2019

Requirement: Experience of seven-day retreat both with DDM or other traditions. Already establishing daily personal practice and willing to really devote oneself during the retreat.

Contact: or John WU at 0975-329621

*This retreat is free of charge but your donation to DDM will be most appreciated.

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