“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.


Winter Schedule

1. All events/programs between 1/1~1/15 are canceled


Weekly Group Practice

Tuesdays Sitting:  7 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursdays Tai-chi Moving Meditation: New Classes will start on 4/4/2019, 7:30 pm – 9 pm
Please click HERE for details.


Other Upcoming Events

2019 New Year Events Coming Soon!

Jan 28 ~ Feb 3 Passing the Lamp 7 – Day Chan Retreat
Feb 5 The 88 Buddhas Great Repentance Morning Service & The Medicine Buddha Chanting Service
Feb 6 ~ 9 The Medicine Buddha Chanting Service
Feb 10 Chinese New Year Celebration
Mar 30 Earth Store Chanting and Repentance Ceremony


2019 One Day Retreats

Jan 26 Cultivating Generosity by Dr Rikki Asher
Mar 23 One Day of Stillness by Ven. Chang Zhai
Apr 27 (To Be Announced)
Jun 22 One Day Samatha-Vipassana Retreat by Ven. Chang Hwa


Dharma Drum Young People Events

Jan 19 Coffee and Chat – Connecting with our Dharma Teachers
Feb 16 Tea Meditation
Mar 16 Lotus Sutra and Art Therapy Workshop
Apr 20 Meditation in Central Park
May 18 Buddha Bathing Festival
Jun 15 Go and Mind


Movie and Mind

Jan 27 The Breadwinner
Mar 24 A Star is Born
Jul 21 First Man



Annual Event January – June 2019

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Chan Retreat Week: Passing On the Lamp of Wisdom 7-Day Chan Practice


Beginner’s Meditation Workshop ( 2-part )

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For those who are new to Chan meditation.

  • Two Saturdays, Feb. 16, 2pm to 5pm & Mar. 2, 9:30am-4pm
  • Led by Dr. Rikki Asher (1st class), Ven. Chang Zhai (2nd class)
  • Fee: Free (Donation is welcome). 
Preregistration is required. Please call 718-592-6593 or REGISTER ONLINE.


Cultivating Generosity: A One Day Retreat

This retreat is designed to provide a deeper understanding of Buddhist meditation through Dharma talks, guided meditation and yoga.

  • Date&Time: January 26, Saturday, 9am-5pm
  • Please click HERE for online registration.
  • Led by Dr. Rikki Asher
  • ** Prerequisite: must have taken the Beginner’s classes
    Free. Donation is welcome.


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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