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

Nepal Earthquake Relief


– NO Overhead ! (100% of the fund goes directly to support the earthquake victims.)

Lotus Sutra Repentance Retreat (in Chinese)

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  • July 2-10, 2015
  • Venue: Dharma Drum Retreat Center
  • Led by Ven. Guo Kai & Ven . Chang Hui
  • Details please see the poster
  • Application: Closed.

2015 Family Chan Camp — En-Lighten Up!

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  • August 4-9, 2015
  • Camp Site: Dharma Drum Retreat Center
  • Who: Youth(6-12yr), Young Adult (13-17yr), Adult(over 18yr)
  • Programs: Chan in Daily Life Workshop, Tea Ceremony, Mindful Games, Field Trip, Sports and much more!
  • Please submit the application form by  July 20.

Buddha’s Name Recitation Retreat

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  • September 4 – 9, 2015
  • Venue: Dharma Drum Retreat Center
  • Led by Abbot Ven. Guo Xing
  • Please submit the application form by  August 20.

Expansion Project

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Sunday Dharma Talk Live Broadcast

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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

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Upcoming Meditation and Retreats

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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