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

2016 Chinese New Year Special Celebration: Welcoming New Year with Mindful Prayers


Chinese New Year Special Dharma Talk

  • February 7, 2016  11:00am~12:30pm
  • Led by: Abbot Ven. Guo Xing

Chinese New Year Dharma Gathering  

  • February 7, 2016 12:30pm~3:00pm

Venue of February 7 Same Day Events: 8220 Queens Blvd. Elmhurst NY 11373  (maps)

Universal Buddha Dharma Assembly

  • February 8 & 12 (2 Days) 11:00am~12:00pm

The Medicine Buddha Chanting Service 

  • February 8 – 12 (5 Days) 7:15pm~9:15pm

Venue of February 8-12 Events: Chan Meditation Center

You may pray and transfer the merit of your practice to your friends, family, and all sentient beings here.

Passing on the Lamp of Wisdom — 1-Day Chan Retreat


  • Saturday February 6, 2016  9:00am~5:00pm
  • Led by: Abbot Ven. Guo Xing
  • Venue: Chan Meditation Center
  • Free of charge. Donation is welcome.
  • PRE-REGISTRATION is required. (the registration is closed~)

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

Beginner’s Meditation Workshop (3-part)

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  • Saturdays, March  5, 12 & 19, 2016
  • 2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Fee: Free (Donation is welcome)
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. Pre-registration is required. Please call 718-592-6593 or register online.

2016 Transmission of Bodhisattva Precepts

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  • May 19 – May 22, 2016
  • Venue: Dharma Drum Retreat Center
  • Application due by April. 30th
Please click HERE for retreat detail.
Please click HERE to download the application form.

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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

  • Click here to learn more about these upcoming major events.

Upcoming Meditation and Retreats

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"People enter this world of form, sound, smell, taste, touch, and thought... and then they can't get out."

Master Sheng Yen