Our Founder Master Sheng Yen

“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. Named as one of the fifty most influential people in Taiwan during the past four hundred years, Venerable Master Sheng Yen called himself “an itinerant monk pressing ahead through the wind and snow,” and has had a life full of miseries, deprivations, tests, and turning points.


What's New


Temporary Location

91-26 Corona Ave Elmhurst NY 11373
while the expansion is underway


Weekly Group Sitting Practice

Tuesdays Sitting  7 pm – 9:30 pm


Movie & Mind in JANUARY — Never Let Me Go


“All but the human.” What is “Complete”?

A free screening and discussions of movies from a Buddhist perspective led by Dr. Peter Lin.

  • Sunday Jan 15, 2017, 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Location: Chan Meditation Center
  • Please click HERE to learn more about the movie.


NEW YEAR 1-Day Chan Retreat


This retreat is designed to provide a deeper understanding of Buddhist meditation through Dharma talks, guided meditation and yoga.

  • Please click HERE for online registration.
  • Led by Harry Miller.
    Free. Donation is welcome.


2017 Chinese New Year Special Celebration: Bring Blessings and Wisdom Home


January 28
  • 10 am~12 pm  New Year Chanting Ceremony
  • 2 pm ~ 4 pm   Medicine Buddha Chanting Ceremony

Venue:Chan Meditation Center    9126 Corona Ave. Elmhurst NY 11373

January 29
  • 11 am ~ 12 pm  Chinese New Year Special Dharma Talk: Chicken and Duck Talking Wisdom  by Ven. Guo Yuan
  • 12 pm ~ 3 pm   Chinese New Year Dharma Gathering

Venue: 8220 Queens Blvd. Elmhurst NY  11373 (map)

February 11
  • 10am ~ 12pm   Medicine Buddha Chanting Ceremony

Venue:Chan Meditation Center    9126 Corona Ave. Elmhurst NY 11373


Chan Retreat Week: Passing On the Lamp of Wisdom 7-Day Chan Practice


Give yourself a week to sustain practice and revive this beginner’s mind and vow you’ve cultivated deep in your heart toward the great realization.  Chan Master Sheng Yen’s DVD lectures on Chan Practice will be played during the retreat.

  • 3 sessions/day: 9am ~ 12pm, 1pm ~ 5pm, 7pm ~ 9:30 pm
  • Retreat talks: Master Sheng Yen’s DVD lectures
  • Please call us at 718-5956593 or click HERE for online registration.

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Sunday Dharma Talk Live Broadcast

Live Broadcast temporarily cancelled!

Upcoming Events

Sunday Open House at CMC

  • Every Sunday, Free, Bilingual
    Click here to learn more about our Sunday Program

Upcoming Sunday Dharma Talk Schedule

  • Every Sunday 11:00am to 12:30pm
    Click here for a schedule on upcoming Sunday Dharma Talks.

Upcoming Dharma Classes

  • Click here to learn more about these upcoming major events.

Upcoming Meditation and Retreats

  • Click here to learn more about these upcoming programs
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"Those who are in a hurry to become enlightened are like caterpillars rushing out of their cocoons to become butterflies."

Master Sheng Yen