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DDRC Donates Masks to Pinecrest Senior Housing

Posted on: May 22, 2020

On Tuesday May 20, 2020 Abbot Guo Yuan and Venerable Guo Chyi delivered 1,300 surgical masks to a local senior housing facility. Pinecrest Senior Housing is part of the Devon Communities, which offer
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DDRC in Local News

Posted on: May 15, 2020

This article by Chris Rowley is from the Shawangunk Journal from May 7, 2020 Pine Bush’s Dharma Drum Helps Raise Big Bucks For Hospital Workers By Chris Rowley PINE BUSH – Dharma Drum, one
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Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC)

We offer silent meditation retreats, ranging from beginner instruction to more advanced methods such as silent illumination and huatou. We are a community learning and living the Buddha’s teachings through the tradition of the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan Buddhism, as established by our founder Chan Master Sheng Yen. Master Sheng Yen passed on to us a view of the Dharma (teaching) based on his experience in both the main lineages of Chan – Linji (Rinzai) and Caodong (Soto).

Retreat Structure

Monastic and lay Dharma heirs of Master Sheng Yen lead our retreats. Each teacher lends their own perspective and approach to the teachings. Our retreat style is based on ancient Chinese Chan traditions, modified to be applicable to modern Western practitioners. We also offer the unique “Western Zen” style of the Western Chan Fellowship.

Meditation practice is taught in the context of daily activities, such as sitting, standing, walking, sleeping, working, and eating. Chanting and gentle yoga exercises further harmonize the body, breath, and mind. Retreats include daily lectures, meditation instruction, guided meditation, and personal interviews.

Environment

The retreat schedule and the physical environment are carefully designed to support immersion in the practice. The campus is peaceful and secluded. Nestled just south of the beautiful Shawangunk Ridge, the grounds include acres of woodland trails, and a lake fed by mountain streams. Single-occupancy sleeping quarters with shared bath, and three vegetarian meals a day, are included in your retreat fee.

We welcome you to practice Chan meditation together with us amidst all activities of daily life; cultivating mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion. Chan practice will deepen your understanding of yourself, and help you learn to live more harmoniously with others. You will leave rejuvenated, equipped with the methods and concepts to bring the practice back home.