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


There will be a Beginner’s Meditation Class and a training class (in Chinese) on 9/27.
The regular Saturday Sitting will be cancelled.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

Beginner’s Meditation Classes

  • Sept. 27 & Oct. 11, 2014 Saturdays
  • 9:30am to 12:00pm, Led by Rikki Asher

For those who are new to Chan meditation. Registration by phone or email is required.


Movie&Mind — Zone Pro Site

  • Sunday October 19, 2014, 2pm-5pm
  • Screenings and discussions of movies from a Buddhist perspective.
  • Location: Chan Meditation Center

Expansion Project

Chan Meditation Center Expansion Project

DDM Headquarters

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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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"Compassion was the beginning of buddhism, and it is the essence of Buddhism.

Master Sheng Yen