Dedicate your weekend to practice. On this retreat, you have the chance to engage in a relaxing schedule of mindful activity from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
Harmonize your body and mind, by engaging in healthy living and meditation - balancing all of the five aspects of diet, sleep, body, breath, and mind. Either in stillness or in motion, cultivate a clear and stable mind amidst all that you do. This is the very essence of practice.
Settling into the weekend routine, you will experience greater relaxation of body and calmness of mind. Hear Dharma talks about meditation methods as well as basic principles of Buddhadharma. In this way, you'll be able to establish a solid foundation of understanding both methods and concepts of practice.
Rebecca Li received Dharma transmission from Simon Child, one of Master Sheng Yen's Dharma heirs, and is a Dharma heir in the Dharma Drum Chan lineage of Master Sheng Yen. Her Dharma name is Zhi-deng Fa-chuan (Wisdom Lamp, Dharma Transmitting).
Rebecca began practicing in 1995 when she was in graduate school in California, and attended her first seven-day intensive retreat in New York with Chan Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC), in the following year. Since then she has attended numerous intensive Chan retreats. In 1999 after moving to New Jersey she began serving as Master Sheng Yen's translator. In the same year, she began her training with the Master to become a Dharma and meditation instructor.
Currently, she teaches meditation and Dharma classes and gives public lectures, lead Chan practice and conduct one to five day retreats at Dharma Drum centers in North America. She has been training with Simon Child, one of Master Sheng Yen's Dharma heirs, since 2008 to conduct retreat interviews and has been assisting in his intensive Chan retreats since 2012. Rebecca also leads Chan practice at Rutgers University and Yale University and teaches on behalf of Dharma Drum in various practice communities in the tri-state area. She served on the organizing committee of the 2015 Generation X Dharma Teachers Conference hosted by DDRC. She taught a month-long online retreat for Tricycle in October 2015, contributed a piece to the premier issue of the Lion's Roar magazine in March 2016 and spoke at two panels at the Harvard Divinity School conference on Buddhism and Race in April 2016. Rebecca is a board member of the Dharma Drum Retreat Center and a sociology professor at The College of New Jersey.