“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


New Abbot President

Dharma Drum Mountain has elected Venerable Guo Hui as the Sixth Abbot President.
Venerable Guo Hui became a monastic under Master Sheng Yen in 1985. His area of research includes Samadhi of Chan, An Shigao study, and Chan related Sutras translated in the early Han dynasty.



Weekly Group Practice

Tuesdays Sitting:  7 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursdays Tai-chi Moving Meditation: 7:30 pm – 9 pm
Please click HERE for details.~


Other Upcoming Events


Aug 18, 2018 
9:30 am – 12:00 pm   Earth Store Sutra Chanting and Offering to Buddha
1:30 pm –  4:00 pm    Earth Store Repentance Ceremony

Please click HERE for Zhong Yuan Registration Form and HERE for Memorial Tablet Registration.


Aug 25, 2018 “Seeking True Mind” by Harry Miller
Sept 29, 2018 “1-day of Awakening” by Ven. Chang Zhai
Oct 27, 2018 “1-day of Silent Illumination” by Ven. Chang Hwa


Dec 22-23, 2018 Event Details Coming Up Soon!


Aug 25, 2018 Buddhism Art at the Metropolitan Museum
Sept 9, 2018 Movie & Mind: Lady Bird (Screening and Discussion from the Buddhism Perspective)
Oct 20, 2018 Tea Words


Sept 9 Lady Bird
Oct 14 I, Tonya
Dec 9 The Post


Annual Event July – December 2018

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3-Day Chan Retreat In The Urban City

Give yourself a weekend to really be with yourself, look deeply into your heart and mind and meet with the true you.

  • Sept 1 – 3 (Sat – Mon)    9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
  • Fee: Free (Donation is welcome)
  • Chan Meditation Center (91-26 Corona Ave.)
  • Please click HERE for online registration. 

Only 40 seats available. Priority acceptance for applications of 3 whole days retreatants.



Beginner’s Meditation Workshop (3 parts)

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  • Three Saturdays, Sept  15, 22 & Oct 6
  • 2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Fee: Free (Donation is welcome)
  • Pre-registration is required. Please click HERE to register online.
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. 


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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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