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


August 19, 2017
September 30, 2017
October 28, 2017


Silent Illumination Retreat in the city!
November 18 – 25, 2017
~ Event details coming up soon ~

October 1, 2017   La La Land
November 12, 2017  Dr. Strange


2017 Family Camp

Buddha Nature in Food – A Special Event by DDYP & DDMBA


3-Day City Chan Retreat

A 3-day retreat in the urban city!at Chan Meditation Center (91-26 Corona Ave.)

  • September 2 – 4, 9 am – 5 pm
  • Chan Meditation Center (91-26 Corona Ave)
  • Please click HERE to register online.

Only 40 seats available. Priority application to 3 whole days retreatants.

Beginner’s Meditation Workshop ( 3 parts )

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For those who are new to Chan meditation.

  • Three Saturdays, Oct 7, 14 & 21, 2017   2:00 pm to 5:00pm
  • Led by Harry Miller, Dr. Rikki Asher and Nancy Bonardi.
  • Fee: Free (Donation is welcome). Please click HERE to register online.



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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
click here for more on the upcoming events
"Compassion was the beginning of buddhism, and it is the essence of Buddhism.

Master Sheng Yen