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

Latest: Autumn 2015

Autumn 2015-2


Beginner’s Meditation Workshop (3-part)


  • Saturdays, October 17, 24 & November 14, 2015
  • 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 to register.

Movie&Mind — Chappie

  • Sunday Nov 15, 2015, 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Screenings and discussions of movies from a Buddhist perspective.
  • Location: Chan Meditation Center

1-Day Chan Retreat on 10/31

  • 9:00am – 5:00pm, led by Nancy Bonardi
  • An opportunity for serious practitioners to sustain practice and receive guidance from meditation teachers. This retreat is open to people who have taken Beginners’ Meditation Class or already have an established meditation practice. The retreat will be held at CMC. Please call CMC to pre-register.

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Chan Meditation Center Expansion Project

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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
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Upcoming Dharma Classes

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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