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

Beginner’s Meditation Workshop ( 3 parts )

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  • Three Saturdays, Oct 8, 15 &22, 2016
  • 2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Fee: Free (Donation is welcome)
  • Led by Harry Miller & Peter Lin
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. Preregistration is required. Please call 718-592-6593 or REGISTER ONLINE.

Movie & Mind in OCTOBER — The Little Prince

Movie & Mind

The Little Girl who imposes to the preparation of the academic enrollment in the prestigious Werth Academy becomes distracted by an elderly retired aviator who tells her the story of “The Little Prince.” When the Aviator is hospitalized, the Little Girl sets out to search for the Little Prince. The Little Prince who is already an adult named “Mr. Prince” that has forgotten his past and seems motivated only by a fear of disappointing his employer.
A film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince.

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

  • Sunday Oct 16, 2016, 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Location: Chan Meditation Center

OCTOBER 1-Day Chan 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 Rikki Asher
Free. Donation is welcome.

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
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Upcoming Sunday Dharma Talk Schedule

  • Every Sunday 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Upcoming Dharma Classes

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Upcoming Meditation and Retreats

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"If you neither attach to nor fear birth and death, but boldly accept their reality, you will become a liberated person in the midst of an ocean of suffering."

Master Sheng Yen