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Chan Meditation Roadmap

Master Sheng Yen's Teaching on Chan Methods “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>

Practice during the Pandemic 

Although many Buddhist temples are closed and people are asked to stay at home due to the pandemic, the urge to practice never cools down. Here we sincerely provide resources for Chan meditation and learning Buddhism as well as the information of online regular practice groups. We hope these could help you create an environment to practice at home, with peace in mind.    See more here    (updated)


Find out online regular practice events, Dharma talks, and courses here! (updated)

Dharma talks MP3 on this website (1 & 2) and on Soundcloud

Master Sheng Yen's Video Dharma Talks
 
"The Dharma is so good, yet so few people know about it and so many people misunderstand it. " It was based on this simple belief that Venerable Master Sheng Yen founded Dharma Drum Mountain. Over one thousand videos with Master Sheng Yen's dharma talks can be found at
 

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Prostration as an Approach of Buddhist Practice

Prostrating to the Buddha is not merely a ritual.   Those who have never learned the rationale behind the proper way of worshipping the Buddha usually consider it the same as worshipping...

Why Do Buddhists Need Buddha Statues?

The origin of Buddha statues can be traced back to the time of the Gautama Buddha. It was said that the Buddha once ascended to the Trayastrimsa heaven to teach the Dharma to his mother, Mayadevi...

Stay Overnight in the Monastery

Q: Is It Possible That We Stay Overnight in the Monastery? The best way to experience monastery life would be to register for a Buddhist practice for an overnight stay, in which the monas...

The Meaning of Three Gate

Q: ​Why is the main entrance of a monastery called Three Gates, instead of Mountain Gate? When entering a Buddhist monastery, we usually go through the main entrance called Sanmen (三門) which...

Flatten the Ruffled Surface of the Water

The mind that makes no distinctions is unmoving; there are no ups and downs. If you tried to eliminate the ups and downs it would be like trying to calm the ripples on the water in a pan. You wan...

How Shall We Prepare Ourselves Before Attending a 7-Day Retreat in a Chan Hall?

Those who have not participated in 7-Day Chan Retreat may take the retreat as a field trip, and simply enter the Chan Hall with some simple daily necessities. Those who have participated in the r...

Why Do Busy People Need Chan Group Practice Even More?

Many people regard Chan practice as being only for those who have time to spare. In fact, the busier you are, the more you need Chan practice. Master Sheng Yen once said that the busiest period i...

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Chan in Daily Life motion picture series

Chan represents the concepts and methods to calm and settle our body and mind. It is especially suitable for people living in today's hectic and stressful life. Planned and produced by DDM Chan...

No-Birth and No-Death

From the Chan perspective, the terms no-birth and no-death do not mean that you are not born into a cycle of birth and death. Rather, they mean that there is no particular reality to either birth...

Cultivating the good deeds

Having the intention to do good deeds but not cultivating the intention is like stashing seeds in a warehouse; the seeds will never germinate. If a seedling is planted, but unattended and simply ...

Not harboring jealousy in the mind

  It does not matter whether you have money or not, status or not, whether you have power or not, so long as you make things easier for others, alleviate fear in people, or give people ...

Mind set on the Path is primary

  For practitioners, the mind set on the Pathis primary, health is secondary, and knowledge comes last       Resources: Dharma Drum- The Life and hea...

Transcending Karma

  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 ar...