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

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

Changes of Group Sitting Practice

Due to circumstances,
Saturdays Group Sitting (9am-12pm)
is suspended until further notice.
Pardon us if this creates any inconvenience.
Tuesdays Sitting (7pm-9:30pm) remains on schedule.
Welcome to join us. We hope to see you here.

1-Day Chan Retreat — May 28, Saturday

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This Retreat is designed to provide a deeper understanding of Buddhist meditation through Dharma talks, guided meditation and yoga. Open to people who have taken Beginners’ Meditation Class or already have an established meditation practice. Please call CMC at 718-592-6593 or CLICK HERE to register online.

  • 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm, Led by Nancy Bonardi
  • Free. Donation is welcome.

Beginner’s Meditation Workshop (3 parts)

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  • Three Saturdays, July 9, 16 & 23, 2016
  • 2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Fee: Free (Donation is welcome)
For those who are new to Chan meditation. Classes on Buddhist meditation, including instruction on methods of sitting, breathing, walking, standing, sleeping, yoga exercises, self-massage, theories and obstacles in meditation, and progressive stages of meditation. Pre-registration is required. Please call 718-592-6593 or register online.

2016 Family Chan Camp

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  • Date: Aug 9 ~ 14
  • Location: Dharma Drum Retreat Center Pine Bush, NY
  • Registration Deadline: July 22

Please click HERE for retreat details & click HERE for the pictures of past year event activities.
Please click HERE for online registration.

Samatha-Vipassana Meditation 5 Day Retreat

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Led by Abbot Ven Guo Xing

Venue: Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush NY

  • Please CLICK HERE for further details and online registration.
  • Application deadline: Aug 31, 2016.
  • Fee: $200; Students and Seniors: $100
  • On-site payment. Check payable to DDMBA.

Please contact cmchartfordct@gmail.com or 860-805-3588 for inquiries.

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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 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