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

Group Sitting Practice

Tuesdays Sitting  7 pm- 9:30 pm

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Jul 30 1-Day Chan Retreat

2016.7.30 1-Day Retreat

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 CLICK HERE to register online.

9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm, Led by Harry Miller
Free. Donation is welcome.

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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"Selfless compassion and penetrating wisdom are interdependent, like the two wheels of a bicycle, or the two wings of a bird."

Master Sheng Yen