Activities & Events

Online 1-Day Beginner’s Meditation Class

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan

Any Level





Begins: Saturday January 29, 2022
Check-in: 8:30 - 9:00 AM - late arrival not allowed
End Date: Saturday January 29, 2022
End Time: 5:00 PM

apply by noon Friday January 28

This class is designed for people who may be interested in participating in an online retreat, but have no meditation experience.


Although the methods of meditation are simple and straightforward, it is best to practice them under the guidance of a teacher.

In our online one-day meditation class, you will learn the fundamentals of sitting meditation, including proper bodily posture (sitting on a cushion or a chair), relaxation, and basic methods of concentration. In addition, you’ll learn about the proper environment, equipment, and timing. Most importantly, you will learn the best ways to meditate over Zoom, for online retreats.

Abbot Guo Yuan, a Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen

Guo Yuan Fashi is a Buddhist monk trained in Chan Buddhism. In 1985 he first encountered Master Sheng Yen’s teachings while attending a seven-day retreat in New York. He then decided to become a disciple before finally leaving his job in Toronto, Canada, to become a monk in the Chan tradition. He was ordained in 1987 in Taiwan. For over twenty years, he accompanied and became translator to Master Sheng Yen in various Chan meditation retreats in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and Mexico.

He studied Theravada Buddhism for a year in Thailand in 1991. Upon returning from Thailand, Guo Yuan Fashi was elected abbot of both the Chan Meditation Center (CMC) in Queens and the Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) in Pine Bush, New York. His responsibilities included attending interfaith services, teaching meditation, and giving lectures on Buddhism. In 2006 he became the director of the International Chan Retreat Center in Dharma Drum Mountain, Taiwan. In 2016 he returned to Pine Bush to become once again the abbot of DDRC. Fluent in Mandarin, Vietnamese, and English, he leads Chan retreat in many countries around the world.