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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>

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Here we provide resources for Chan meditation and learning Buddhism. We hope these could help you create an environment to practice at home, with peace in mind.  See more 
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"His mild expression and spare figure reflect an untroubled character. His amusing and cordial talks make audiences feel wholly accepted and understood. His unconventional insights bring clarity, like a ray of light penetrating the darkness."

Great Dharma Drum presents Master Sheng Yen's talks on Buddha-dharma and various issues. To watch more, please visit here.
 

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​Procedures for the Buddhist Service for the Deceased

I. Dying at Home or in Hospitals    II. End-of-Life Chanting by Family Members A. Dying at Home Prepare an audio file of Amitabha Buddha's name and a white ...

​The Principles for Conducting a Buddhist Funeral

To have a solemn, warm, and peaceful Buddhist funeral, it is important to keep it simple, using the guiding principles of cherishing one's blessings and cultivating good karma. A Buddhist funer...

​How to Conduct the 49-Day Buddhist Service for the Deceased

Family members can cultivate virtuous merits for the deceased from the moment of his/her passing until the 49th day*, by practicing vegetarianism, upholding the Five Precepts, doing good deeds, mak...

​How to Conduct Buddhist Services for Those Who Are Dying or Have Just Passed Away

To help people get through the helplessness and anxiety of death, Buddhists do end-of-life chanting for the dying to calm them, with the help of the slow and peaceful chanting of Amitabha Buddha...

{Dharma Talk} Master and Student

by Gilbert Gutierrez   Gilbert Gutierrez is a Dharma Heir of Chan Master Sheng Yen with over thirty-nine years of experience in meditation, various martial arts, and Chi Gong. He lectures re...

Practice Diligently On Amitabha Buddha's Birthday

Amitabha Buddha's Birthday November 17 of the Lunar calendar is regarded as the birthday of Amitabha Buddha, founder of Western Land of Ultimate Bliss. According to historical documents, thi...

Celebrating Medicine Buddha's Birthday

Medicine Buddha's Birthday and Medicine Buddha Chanting Service   After Medicine Buddha was introduced to China, it became popular among royal families and citizens, especially be...

Three Important Days Related to Guanyin Bodhisattva

In Buddhist classics, Avalokiteśvara, or Guanyin Bodhisattva, is described as a great Bodhisattva with compassion and wisdom, because she vowed to alleviate suffering, respond to any prayers, and d...

{Dharma Talk} Four Kinds of People

by Žarko Andričević Žarko Andričević was one of Chan Master Sheng Yen's five Western Dharma heirs. He is the founder Chan Retreat Center Hartovski Vrh, a Buddhist community in Croatia. He ...

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Abiding Nowhere, Give Rise to the Mind

There are two lines from the Diamond Sutra on the wall at Nung Chan Monastery: "Abiding nowhere, give rise to mind."  "Abiding nowhere" refers to the mind without...

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...

Greedy, anger, and arrogance

  Greedy people are usually unaware of their own greed. The same is true of people filled with anger, arrogance and pride. But sooner or later, practitioners will recognize that they...

Depend on yourself to open up your own road

  Life is much the same as making and projecting a movie. Film moves at about ten images per second. When the movie is completed, it can be projected at the same speed that it was taken...