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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>

A Mind at Peace, a Life at Peace 

Seek calm and stability in the midst of complexity and chaos. With a calm and stable body and mind, we will have peace and safety. Positivity, in its true sense, means that even in the midst of our happiness, we still have others in mind and act for the benefit of others.     See more here


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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Buddhists Engaging in Business

Q: What attitude should one have about engaging in business?​         A:  During the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, there were four castes in India: Brahmin, the religi...

Stilling the Mind

  Stilling the mind is like catching a feather with a fan – the old fashioned hand-held type. Every time you move the fan, the feather is likely to be blown away. It is a delicate...

Extend the harmony to our surroundings

  When talking about broad topics like peace, relfect on your personal limitations. Strive primarily to achieve harmony of body and mind, and then gradually extend this harmony to ...

Theravada Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism

Qestions: Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, you're an eminent Theravada Buddhist monk who has abundant knowledge in Chinese Buddhism. You are also currently the president of the Buddhist Associ...

Chan Buddhist Union, Poland

Poland  In 1993, Master Sheng Yen transmitted the Dharma to Dr. John Crook, a British national, who vowed to practice the Master’s teachings and sow the seeds of Chinese Buddhis...

How Should One Approach Daily Meditation Practices?

SHIH-FU: You know you want to benefit from daily practice, but you don't know how to go about doing it. First, you should have a proper mental attitude towards practice. Second, you sho...

DDM Great Compassion Water and Land Service: Benefiting all beings of the past, present and future

  Great Compassion Water and Land Dharma Service (shuilu fahui 水陸法會) , also known traditionally as the “Grand Rite of Providing Universal Deliverance and Food and Dharma Offer...

Chan and Pure Land (I)

The Practice Method of Chan  There are two categories of Chan practice methods. The first category is by use of the Five Methods for Stilling the Mind, which is to first stabilize the mind,...

Causes and Conditions

  QUESTION:   Please elaborate on the Buddhist concept of causes and conditions, and explain its relationship to dependent origination, to self and illusion, and to causes and cons...

The Self - Eastern vs. Western Philosophies

QUESTION: Eastern philosophies in general, and Buddhism in particular, teach that people suffer because of attachment to the self, but in the West the discovery and strengthening of one's &quo...

Chan and Modern Life

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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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...