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Delighted to Have You Aboard!

We take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to all - past and current supporters - for your unwavering supports to the Chan Meditation Center. To continue fulfilling Chan Master Sheng Yen's great vow of teaching and spreading the Mahayana and Chan Buddhism in the West, the time is now for the Chan Meditation Center Expansion Project.

We seek your continued support to accomplish the expansion project for a great leader of Chan Buddhism. The expansion will begins from ground up – brick by brick, column by column – when the project begins this summer. Upon completion of the Chan Meditation Center in the near future, we will continue to spread the essence of Chan Buddhism from New York City to around the world - a gateway to peace, good health, and happiness for current and future generations.

Donation Methods 捐款方式

1. Credit Card 信用卡:
PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!
(Paypal帳號: Institute of Chung-Hwa Buddhist Culture Inc.)

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2. By QuickPay/Zelle 快速轉帳 (僅限北美地區):
You can now make a donation through your online banking account or mobile apps using QuickPay/Zelle. Please make a payment directly to email address: as the payment recipient. (Account name: Institute of Chung-Hwa Buddhist Culture Inc.)

* Please enter all necessary information in the message area when you make a QuickPay/zelle payment:

  1. Your full name in English.
  2. Your email address and phone number, so we can contact you if needed.
  3. Specify the type(s) of your donation. (e.g. Light Up CMC, Building Fund, etc.)
  4. Your full address, so we can send you the donation receipt.


3. Wire Transfer 匯款
Remittee Bank (受款銀行): Cathay Bank (國泰銀行)
Branch: Elmhurst Branch / Address: 82-62 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373, USA)
Phone: 718-446-9700
International Wires(國際電郵) : Bank Routing / Swift Code : CATHUS6L
Domestic Wires (美國國內電郵) : Bank Routing Number : 1222-0395-0
Bank Account Number : 6203500233
Bank Account Title : Institute of Chung Hwa Buddhist Culture Inc. 或 (IOCHBC)
90-56 Corona Avenue, Elmhurst, NY 11373     Phone: 718-592-6593

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4. By Check 支票捐款:
Please make your check payable to "CMC" and note "Light Up CMC, Expansion Project",
and mail it to Chan Meditation Center, 9126 Corona Avenue, Elmhurst, NY 11373.
支票抬頭: Chan Meditation Center (註明 - 點亮初心/Light Up CMC)
支票請寄到: 9126 Corona Avenue, Elmhurst, NY 11373

Story of CMC
Chan Meditation Center (1979-1987)

In June 1979, with the sponsorship from Mr. C.T. Chen and a number of supporters, Chan Master Sheng Yen, rented the attic of a two-story house at Woodside, Queens of New York City, and founded the Chan Meditation Center. In October 1979, again with the support of his followers, he purchased an old, two-story building at Elmhurst, Queens, marking it the first established monastery. The grand opening and consecration ceremony was held in May 10, 1981, on Buddha's Birthday. The Chan Meditation Center is renamed the "Dongchu Chan Monastery" in Chinese to honor and commemorate Chan Master Sheng Yen's teacher, Master Dongchu.

Chan Meditation Center (1987-2008)

In October 1987, Chan Meditation Center moved across the street to the current location, a three-story building with a full basement and four floors of functioning space. With limited funds, Chan Master Sheng Yen and his disciples handled the renovations themselves. The building - though small, but sufficient – was equipped with necessary essentials. Many of Chan Master Sheng's important scholarly works, including the Dharma Drum Collection, were completed in this very location.

Chan Meditation Center (2009 – Present)

Chan Master Sheng Yen passed away on February 3, 2009 in Taiwan, a great loss for his sangha community and lay disciples. To continue his mission to spread the Mahayana and Chan Buddhism and the concept of Spiritual Environmentalism in the West, his sangha community embarked on this expansion project by purchasing three adjacent buildings between 2010 and 2013.


Chan Master Sheng Yen first spoke about Spiritual Environmentalism at the United Nations Headquarter in New York City in 2000. Since then, he had traveled around the world to spread this vision and had received very positive feedback. Meanwhile, Chan Buddhism has begun to enter the cultural mainstream in the US and Europe. As such, Chan Meditation Center - ideally located in New York City, one of the world's major economic, cultural, and artistic hubs - is at the right spot, front and center, to play a pivotal role in promoting Chan Buddhism and nurturing future Chan leaders. With this tasks at hand, the present expansion project is ever more pressing and vital.


The expanded Chan Meditation Center will include a larger Chan Hall, dinning room and kitchen; a library; an activity room for children and youth; and a few small classrooms and meeting rooms. Currently, we are still short on funds. Therefore, we earnestly seek your support to help us fulfill our vision. With your generous donations, Chan Meditation Center will be able to continue its work of spreading the Mahayana and Chan Buddhism, teaching about purification of mind to the society at large, ultimately fulfilling each individual's fundamental needs for peace and happiness.