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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 here.

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Living peacefully through challenging times

2020 Online Tuesday Sitting Meditation Sharing (Article by Hang Yeung; Photos by Yin Ting) 2020 was a year full of great disasters and unprecedented challenges. The fear of the pandemic, th...

​Common Ways to Study and Practice Sutras

Receive and Uphold, Read and Recite Receive and Uphold (受持) means that we accept the concepts and views of Buddhadharma, never forgetting the teachings of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas once we h...

​How Do We Encounter the Buddha through Studying the Sutras?

Some people have had the unforgettable experience of being lifted spiritually by a sentence in a Buddhist sutra when they were going through a low point in their life. Some have found new direction...

Summary on The Introduction of the One Hundred Dharmas in Yogacara

(Chan Meditation Center Sunday Dharma Talk) @Article by Harry Miller @Photo by Chang Xun   Ven. Changhwa gave a series of talks from October to December, 2020 on Yogacara teachings a...

2020 Great Compassion Water and Land Service Online Practice Sharing

Like every other part of life since Spring, we practiced the rituals of "Liang Huang Repentance Sutra" at home via internet and it turned out to be powerful. This Repentance Sutra has bee...

Online Tuesday sitting session sharing: Breathe In

Chan Meditation Center, NY   (Article by Calvin Chu / Photos by Yin Ting) Breathe In.  Breathe Out.  Relax your body.  Relax your mind.  And may all sentient bei...

​Why Is Death Referred to as Rebirth in Buddhism?

In Buddhism, death is called "going for rebirth", which implies that there is something beyond death-- that, indeed, death is not followed by nothing. Where can one be reborn to? Buddhist...

​Does End-of-Life Chanting Work?

Most people do not entertain the idea of engaging themselves in actual practice, let alone being masters of their mind when dying. Therefore, while on the verge of death, end-of-life chanting would...

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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...