Activities & Events

Stillness in Motion –Online Retreat

【Duration】 Saturday March 20, 2021 ~ Saturday March 27, 2021

【Check-in】 7:30 am, March 20

【End Time】 8:00 pm , March 27

【Deadline】 apply by Thursday March 18
Led by Dharma Drum Teachers

Any Level

Reduced: $85
Base - $150
Sustainer - $300
Benefactor - $500

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More than ever these days, people are overwhelmed.  What can we do to make managing a stressful and chaotic life easier?  "Stillness" is the key.  "Stillness" means silence, tranquility and the absence of noise and motion.  It is a state of being, naturally present in the heart of every human being.  With the being of "stillness", we remain unaffected by any movement, action or doing even though it moves, acts and does.  It is like the depth of the ocean unaffected by the waves on the surface.  It is the ability to surrender to our inner-heart, have peace to establish a clear sense of awareness of our mind, body, spirit and surroundings. Thus we can make sound decisions, take action and live a serene and dynamic life. 

This non-traditional seven-day practice includes:
  1. Daily afternoon Dharma talks, live streamed 1:30pm ET and will be available any time via video recordings.
  2. Daily email reflections selected from Master Sheng Yen's text to inspire our learning.
  3. Daily opportunities for three guided meditation periods, in our Online Meditation Hall with participants from around the world.


This event is priced on a sliding scale. Please consider paying at the highest rate that you can afford. Your generosity supports Dharma Drum Mountain, staff, your fellow practitioners and our continuous efforts to help people to learn and grow.

When you submit your application, select one of the sliding scale rates below. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Reduced: $85
Base: $150

Sustainer: $300
Benefactor: $500
Any amount paid above the Base rate is a tax deductible donation to DDRC. Your confirmation email is your tax receipt.


DAILY Schedule

Floor cushions or a meditation bench would be best if you have them. Although a sturdy, comfortable chair where the thighs can be level with the floor is acceptable as well.
6:00 am:  study quote of the day and two reflection questions (email)
7:30 -8:00 am:  first sitting
8:00-8:30 am:  second sitting
8:30-9:30 am:  Dharma talks and Q&A
1:30-2:30 pm:  exercise and sitting
7:00-7:30 pm:  evening sitting
7:30-7:45 pm:  breakout groups and sharing

Please respect this virtual retreat as if you were practicing in the Chan Hall. Allow enough space in the comfort of your own home for seated meditation. Let your housemates know that you should not be disturbed. Do not distract yourself with talking, reading, or checking your phone.



3/20 Saturday
Abbot Guo Yuan (orientation)
3/21 Sunday
Rebecca Li
3/22 Monday
Gilbert Gutierrez
3/23 Tuesday
Venerable Chang Wu
3/24 Wednesday
Simon Child
3/25 Thursday
Venerable Chang Ji
3/26 Friday
Zarko Andricevic
3/27 Saturday
Abbot Guo Yuan (ending)


Abbot Guo Yuan
Venerable Guo Yuan is a Buddhist monk trained in Chan Buddhism, ordained in 1987. He studied Theravada Buddhism for a year in Thailand in 1991. For over twenty years, he accompanied Master Sheng Yen and served as translator in Chan meditation retreats. Fluent in Mandarin, Vietnamese, and English, he now leads Chan retreats in many countries around the world. He is currently the abbot of DDRC. read more

Rebecca Li
Rebecca Li PhDRebecca Li, PhD, is the founder and guiding teacher of Chan Dharma Community. She attended her first intensive retreat with Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1996 and began serving as his interpreter in 1998. She started her teacher's training with Master Sheng Yen in 1999 and later on, she trained with John Crook and then Simon Child, both Dharma heirs of Master Sheng Yen, to lead intensive retreats. Rebecca received full Dharma transmission from Simon Child in 2016. read more
Gilbert Gutierrez
Gilbert Gutierrez has over thirty-nine years of meditation experience, which includes his study of various martial arts as well as Chi Gong. In 2002, he received Dharma Transmission from Chan Master Sheng Yen. He is the founder of the Riverside Chan Meditation Group. He conducts retreats and lectures throughout North America. Gilbert teaches in a classical Chan style which inspires his students to investigate Chan through diligent practice. read more
Venerable Chang Wu
Venerable Chang Wu is the Abbess of Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre. She teaches classes in Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and leads intensive meditation retreats in Canada and the USA, as well as England, Luxemburg, Mexico and Taiwan. She organizes and participates in scholarly conferences and interfaith dialogue around the world. You can read more and listen to her Dharma talks here.
Simon Child
Simon ChildSimon Child received Dharma Transmission from Chan Master Sheng Yen in 2000 and is the Guiding Teacher of the Western Chan Fellowship. Simon started his training with John Crook in 1981 and trained with Chan Master Sheng Yen from 1992. His teaching approach uses the orthodox methods of Chan Master Sheng Yen and also some adaptations to help the Western personality engage with traditional practice. read more
Venerable Chang Ji
Venerable Chang Ji served as the International Affairs Special Assistant to the late Chan Master Sheng Yen. As DDMBA's representative to the United Nations, she has participated in many international conferences, including the World Economic Forum, World Bank, as well as meetings on climate change. She is committed to teaching the tenets of contemplative action to young adults worldwide, and facilitates programs for young leaders in conflict and post-conflict areas.
Zarko Andricevic
Zarko AndricevicZarko has been a martial arts and yoga teacher since the 1970s. In 1985 he started a Buddhist study and meditation group which in time grew into the first Buddhist community in Croatia, known today as Dharmaloka. In June 2001 Zarko received Dharma transmission from Chan Master Sheng Yen. Seeing Chan as the very core of the Buddhadharma and Master Sheng Yen as a man whose teaching stems directly from the meditative experience, Zarko has dedicated himself to the practice of Chan meditation and leads retreats around the world.

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