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



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



Beginner’s Meditation Workshop (3 parts)

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  • Three Saturdays, Mar 4, 11 & 18, 2017
  • 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.


Movie & Mind in March — Blue Gate Crossing


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

  • Sunday March 5, 2017  1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Location: Chan Meditation Center
  • Please click HERE to learn more about the movie.


1-Day Chan Retreat — March 25

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 Rikki Asher.
    Free. Donation is welcome.


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Chan Meditation Center Expansion Project

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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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"No matter whom you associate with, you should ask yourself, 'How can I help and be of benefit to this person?'"

Master Sheng Yen