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

Group Sitting Practice

Tuesdays Sitting  7 pm- 9:30 pm

Movie & Mind in AUGUST— Ip Man 3

Movie & Mind

When a property developer instigated a crooked Triad to acquire a piece of land occupied by a local school, Chinese martial art Master Ip is forced to take a stand. In the meantime, Ip’s wife is experiencing a terminal sickness and Ip is challenged by Cheung who wanted to proof himself as the Grandmaster of Wing Chun Martial Art.   

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

  • Sunday Aug 28, 2016, 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Location: Chan Meditation Center

Samatha-Vipassana Meditation 5 Day Retreat

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Led by Abbot Ven Guo Xing

Venue: Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush NY

  • Please CLICK HERE for further details and online registration.
  • Application deadline: Aug 31, 2016.
  • Fee: $200; Students and Seniors: $100
  • On-site payment. Check payable to DDMBA.

Please contact cmchartfordct@gmail.com or 860-805-3588 for inquiries.

1-Day Chan Retreat


This Retreat is designed to provide a deeper understanding of Buddhist meditation through Dharma talks, guided meditation and yoga. Open to people who have taken Beginners’ Meditation Class or already have an established meditation practice. Please CLICK HERE to register online.

9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm, Led by Nancy Bonardi
Free. Donation is welcome.

Beginner’s Meditation Workshop ( 3 parts )

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  • Three Saturdays, Oct 8, 15 &22, 2016
  • 2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Fee: Free (Donation is welcome)
  • Led by Harry Miller & Peter Lin
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. Preregistration is required. Please call 718-592-6593 or register online.

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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

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"No matter whom you associate with, you should ask yourself, 'How can I help and be of benefit to this person?'"

Master Sheng Yen