“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: Temporarily canceled.
~Will begin again on April 5, 2018. Please click HERE for details.~


Other Upcoming Events

March 18, 2018   Taste of Tea


Annual Event January – June 2018


February 24, 2018 Beginner’s Mind
March 31, 2018 Embracing Impermanence


April 7 9 am ~ 4 pm


2018 Chinese New Year Activities

2/15-17 – 9:30 am ~ 5:30 pm
  • Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance 

2/18  – 9:30 am ~ 3:30 pm
  • The Great 88 Buddhas Repentance Morning Service
  • Chinese New Year Special Dharma Talk:
    Enlightenment and Buddhahood: Can a dog get enlightened?
  • Zen Art Events
Venue: Chan Meditation Center 91-26 Corona Ave.


Passing on the Lamp – 2 Day Retreat

In Appreciation of the Teachings of the late Venerable Chan Master Sheng Yen. Vowing to Transmit the Life of Wisdom of the Buddha.

  • February 3 & 4     9:00 am~5:00 pm
  • Retreat Activities: Sitting Meditation, Dharma talk.
  • Space is limited. Please click HERE to register online.


Beginner’s Meditation Workshop ( 3 parts )

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For those who are new to Chan meditation.

  • Two Saturdays, March 3, 17 & 24   2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Led by Dr. Rikki Asher, Dr. Peter Lin & Harry Miller
  • Fee: Free (Donation is welcome). Please click HERE for details.
Preregistration is required. Please call 718-592-6593 or REGISTER ONLINE.


2018 Bodhisattva Precepts Transmission

  • May 17 –  20, 2018
  • Venue: Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush
  • Application due by April 30, 2018.
Please click HERE for event detail.
Please click HERE to download the application form.
Enter Virtual plaques here.


2018 Family Chan Camp

  • Aug 1 – 5 (Wed – Sun)
  • Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC), Pinebush
  • 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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Master Sheng Yen