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Intensive Chan Retreat, 2018/616-24,7/14-22, DDRC, NY

Time: June 16-24, 2018
Led by :Zarko Andricevic
Begins: Saturday, June 16, check in 4-6 pm
Ends: Sunday, June 24, 2 pm
Fee: $585
Openings: Registration opens in March
Deadline: June 13


Time July, 14-22, 2018
Led by Chang Hwa Fashi & Chang Zhai Fashi
Begins: Saturday, July 14,check in 4-6 pm
Ends: Sunday, July 22, 2 pm
Fee: $585
Openings: Registration opens in April
Deadline: July 11

Retreat Program



Chan meditation methods 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.

Requirements for Intensive Retreat

Our intensive retreats follow the traditional Chan monastery schedule, starting early in the morning and making the most efficient use of time in concentrated group practice. There are numerous forty-minute sitting periods throughout the day.

Participants should be mentally and physically prepared for the rigors of such a regimen. Therefore, we carefully screen each applicant to ensure sufficient experience for acceptance on an intensive retreat. The requirements are that the applicant has:

•already received basic meditation instruction
•established a daily personal practice
•previously attended at least one non-intensive three-day retreat (e.g. Beginner’s Mind Retreat, Foundation Retreat)

More info on intensive retreat

Zarko Andricevic, a Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen

Founder of the Buddhist Center in Zagreb, Croatia. Zarko first encountered Buddhism in 1975 and has been a martial arts and yoga teacher since the 1970s. In 1985 he started the first Buddhist study and meditation group in Croatia which in time grew into the first Buddhist community there. This community is known as Dharmaloka nowadays. In 1996, while seeking a new teacher, he met Chan Master Sheng Yen, attended his seven-day retreat and became one of his students. Seeing Chan as the very core of the Buddha Dharma and Master Shen Yen as the man whose teaching stems directly from the meditative experience, he has dedicated himself to the practice of Chan meditation and has attended Master Sheng Yen’s retreats regularly. In June 2001, during a two-week retreat in the USA, Zarko received Dharma transmission from Master Sheng Yen, thus becoming one of his five Dharma heirs in the West.


Chang Hwa Fashi, PhD

Venerable Chang Hwa is the Director of the Chan Meditation Center. After completing her monastic education at Dharma Drum Sangha University in Taiwan and receiving full ordination in 2005, Venerable served as Director of the Department of International Relations and Development in DDM Taiwan. In addition to her current position as Director, Ven. Chang Hwa also supervises DDM Dharmapala Groups in North America, gives public lectures and leads meditation programs.

Venerable Chang Hwa holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English.






Chang Zhai Fashi

Venerable Chang Zhai entered the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) in 2008, mainly studying under the Chan Practice program. In 2010, Venerable received full ordination. In 2012, after completing a 4-year monastic education at DDSU in Taiwan, she returned to the U.S. and has served as a member of the Chan Meditation Center in New York until now.

Venerable speaks both Mandarin and English


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