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

Movie&Mind — Chappie

  • Sunday Nov 15, 2015, 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Screenings and discussions of movies from a Buddhist perspective.
  • Location: Chan Meditation Center

2-Day Reflection Retreat

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  • Dec. 26 – 27, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Led by: CMC Director Ven. Chang Hwa (Bilingual)
  • Venue: Chan Meditation Center
  • Pre-registration is required. Register here.
  • Fee: Free. Donation is welcome.


6-Day Amitabha Recitation Chan Retreat

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  • Date: 2015/12/28~2016/01/02, 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Led by CMC Director Ven. Chang Hwa
  • Venue: Chan Meditation Center
  • Pre-registration is required (only 30 seats available. Priority admission: for whole 6 or 3 days).
  • Please register here.
  • Free of charge. Donation welcome.


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Sunday Dharma Talk Live Broadcast

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Upcoming Events

Sunday Open House at CMC

  • Every Sunday, Free, Bilingual
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Upcoming Sunday Dharma Talk Schedule

  • Every Sunday 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Upcoming Dharma Classes

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Upcoming Meditation and Retreats

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"Those who truly know how to cultivate practice find it easier than resting, while those who do not understand cultivation find practice harder than the most difficult labor."

Master Sheng Yen