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.


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Tainan Earthquake Relief

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— NO Overhead ! (100% of the fund goes directly to support the earthquake victims.) Learn more.

Please make your check Payable to: DDMBA                          Memo: Tainan Earthquake Relief Fund                                     Mail to: Chan Meditation Center      91-26 Corona Ave. Elmhurst, NY 11373


  • 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


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.

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

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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"The efficacy of the prayer lies in the pure sincerity of the praying, which comes from one's strength of mind, and the strength of one's vows."

Master Sheng Yen