Events & Activities

Movie & Mind — The Elephant Man

  • May 14 (Sun) 1:30 pm ~ 4:30 pm
  • Free of Charge, Led by Peter Lin

A Victorian surgeon Frederick Treves finds John Merrick, a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living in a Victorian freak show, and keeps him in the hospital for exam. During his hospital stay, John reveals what’s behind his monstrous face. 

A free screening and discussions of movies from a Buddhist perspective led by Dr. Peter Lin.

Beginner’s Meditation Workshop ( 2-part )

  • May 20 & June 3 ( Sats ) 9:30 am ~ 4:00 pm
  • Led by Ven. Chang Zhai

For those who are new to Chan meditation. This workshop is based on Buddhist meditation, including instruction on methods of sitting, breathing, walking, standing, sleeping, yoga exercises, self-massage.

Free! Donation is welcome.
Pre-registration is required. Please call us at 718-595-6593 or click HERE for online registration.


Buddha’s Birthday Special Celebration

  • May 21, 2017 (Sun)
  • Led by Abbot President Ven. Guo Dong

Special Dharma Talk by Abbot President Ven. Guo Dong:

Who is Your Master?

To celebrate the birth of Buddha Sakyamuni, CMC will hold the Chanting and Vesak (Bathing the Buddha) Ceremony and other more activities. We warmly welcome you to come to CMC with your family and friends and to join in the activities so that your life is enriched with Buddha’s compassion and wisdom.

3-Day Buddha’s Name Recitation Retreat

  • May 27~29, 2017

Apply chanting as a method for meditation. We chant “A Mi Tuo Fo”, the name of Amitabha Buddha while sitting and walking. The retreat is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners.   
Retreat talks: Late Mater Sheng Yen’s DVD Lectures
Pre-registration is required. 40 openings only.


Please call CMC at 718-592-6593 to register or click HERE to register online.

Weekly Activities

Sunday Open House

Every Sunday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Our Sunday programs are open to people to explore and learn more about Buddhism. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Please CLICK HERE for Sunday Dharma Talk related info.

Dharma talk
11:00 – 12:30pm

Lunch Offering & Announcement
12:30 – 1:00pm

Vegetarian Lunch ($5 donation requested)
1:00 – 1:45pm

Chanting Service
2:00 – 4:00pm

Monday Evening Chanting

Every Monday, 7:30pm to 9:15pm
Devotional chanting of Amitabha Buddha’s name.
Bodhisattva Precept Recitation Ritual every last Monday of each month.

Every Monday, 7:30pm to 9:15pm

Tuesday Evening Sitting

Every Tuesday, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
All who have previous experience in meditation are welcome. Activities include sitting and walking meditations, yoga exercises, chanting of the Heart Sutra, and group discussions of Chan Master Sheng Yen’s books.

Thursday Evening Tai Chi Moving Meditation

Every Thursday, 7:30pm to 9:00 pm

Experience the great depth of Chan practice through the combination of Ta-chi with Chan meditation.

The modern people are often busy, stressed and tense. Tai Chi Moving Meditation helps to unify and ease the body and mind.

Moreover, it is an expedient to improve physical health.

Fee: $80 for 16 classes or $25 per month

[ First class is free for newcomers.  All levels are welcome! ]

Please call 718-592-6593 for registration.

Instructor: David Ngo

Saturday Sitting

Currently Canceled Until Further Notice