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 Practice

Tuesdays Sitting:  7 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursdays Tai-chi Moving Meditation: 7:30 pm – 9 pm
Tai-chi begins on April 6, 2017. Please click HERE for details.


Other Upcoming events

Apr 29 (Sat) 1-Day Chan Retreat

9:00am – 5:00pm. Please REGISTER ONLINE and click HERE for retreat details.

May 14 (Sun)  Movie and Mind: The Elephant Man

1:30pm – 4:30pm. Please click HERE for event details.

May 20 & June 3 (Sats) Beginner’s Meditation Workshop

2 Saturdays. 9:30am – 4:00pm. Please click HERE for event details.

Dharma Drum Youth People Events

April 22 (Sat) Hiking Meditation

Please click HERE for event details.

2017 Bathing the Buddha with a Beginner’s Mind


  • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Chanting and Bathing the Buddha Ceremony
    Special Dharma Talk by Abbot President Ven Guo Dong: Who is Your Master?
  • Lunch Gathering

Please click HERE for event’s detail.

Venue: 8220 Queens Blvd. Elmhurst NY 11373 (map)

3-day Buddha’s Name Recitation Retreat

  • 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • 40 openings only.
  • Please call CMC at 718-592-6593 or REGISTER ONLINE.
  • Please click HERE for event details.


Lotus Sutra Repentance Retreat

  • First Half 7/1 – 7/9 or Entire Retreat 7/1 – 7/14.
  • Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) Pinebush, NY.
  • An integration of Lotus Sutra recitation & Lotus Samadhi Penitence, and Chan Silent Illumination method.
  • Please click HERE for retreat details & requirements and HERE to download the application form


2017 Family Chan Camp

  • Aug 2 – 6 (Wed – Sun)
  • Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) Pinebush, NY.
  • Adults . Teens . Kids . Family Camp
  • Please click HERE for online application and HERE for other event details.


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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 are in a hurry to become enlightened are like caterpillars rushing out of their cocoons to become butterflies."

Master Sheng Yen