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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)

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Chan Magazine 2020 Spring is now available 

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Can Practicing Repentance Make Life Go Smoothly, Going Forward?

Everyone hopes that every day would be a good day, and life would always be smooth sailing. Yet, what does it mean to live an “easy” life? Our modern lifestyle is excessively tense an...

​Why Should One Practice Repentance Rituals?

Do you face endless vexations which cannot be extinguished? Are you constantly dissatisfied with your daily life and spiritual practice? When faced with life's various trials, monastics alway...

How Does One Uphold the Precept of Abstaining from Drinking Alcohol?

The precept of abstaining from drinking alcohol is unique to Buddhism. Although drinking alcohol does not, in itself, constitute a bad action, it can easily lead to mental confusion, impaired judgm...

​Would Upholding Precepts Cause Any Inconvenience in One’s Daily Life?

Some people would undergo great changes in their physical and mental behaviors after they learn Dharma and take the Buddhist precepts. For example, they no longer drink alcohol; they become veget...

Why Should One Uphold Precepts?

Some people get nervous when they hear the word“precepts," thinking either that they will be restricted by them, or that they may not be allowed do many things and lose the freedom to do...

Why Can One Eradicate Karmic Obstructions and Avoid Calamities by Reciting Mantras?

Some may question whether the idea of eradicating karmic obstructions and avoiding calamities by reciting mantras appears to contradict the doctrine of cause and effect in Buddhism.   Re...

​What Attitude Should We Hold Toward Mantras?

Since Buddhist mantras embody the blessed power from Buddhas’and Bodhisattvas’compassionate vows, we should recite mantras wholeheartedly as though we were connected to the mind of th...

How to Experience Being in A Pure Land by Attending Dharma Assemblies?

Many people want to learn about the Pure Lands where buddhas and bodhisattvas dwell. The best way to experience what the life would be like in a Pure Land is to attend Dharma assemblies at a monast...

Chan and Pure Land (II)

Chan and Pure Land Are Both Sensible Paths of Dharma Practices Chan and Pure Land both are sensible paths of dharma practice. Even during the process of practice, one can readily reap plenty...

Advice from Great Masters for Living in Uncertain Times

Dharma Talk Online Via Zoom on August 1, 2020 by Rebecca Li It was a great pleasure to listen to Professor Rebecca Li's lecture “Advice from Great Masters for Living in Uncertain Tim...

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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...