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


Due to the retreats and chanting event, the programs on the following dates will be canceled.

Monday Chanting:11/28, 12/26
Tuesday Sitting:11/22, 11/29, 12/27
Tai Chi Moving Meditation:11/24, 12/1, 12/29
Sunday Open House:11/27, 1/1

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 DECEMBER— Our Times

Movie & Mind

In Our Times (literally “The Time of My Teenage Years”,) Truly Lin is an ordinary office worker who gets ridiculed by her subordinates. Dejected, she listens to an old Andy Lau song that brings her back to her high school days and the memories with her high schoolmate Tai-yu. Tai-yu later went to overseas leaving Truly Lin with no way to contact him. 18 years later, Truly Lin and Tai-yu come across to each other in Andy Lau concert that takes place in Taipei.

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

  • Sunday Dec 18, 2016, 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Location: Chan Meditation Center

7-day Buddha’s Name Recitation Retreat


An opportunity for serious practitioners using the method of reciting the Buddha’s name to sustain practice with guidance toward a brand New Year. Chan Master Sheng Yen’s DVD lectures will be played during the retreat.

  • Venue: Chan Meditation Center
  • Please click HERE for retreat details.

Registration is full and closed.


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Sunday Dharma Talk Live Broadcast

Live Broadcast temporarily cancelled!

Upcoming Events

Sunday Open House at CMC

  • Every Sunday, Free, Bilingual
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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 how great a loss is, if you fully accept it straight on, the loss will turn out to be a gain."

Master Sheng Yen