Led by Dharma Drum Teachers
|Begins:||Saturday March 20, 2021|
|End Date:||Saturday March 27, 2021|
|End Time:||3:00 pm|
|Deadline:||apply by Thursday March 18|
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Join Zen, (Chan) teachers from across the United States and Europe for an in-depth exploration of Zen practice and study. Guided by the late Master Sheng Yen’s practical and inspiring text, Zen Wisdom: Conversations on Buddhism, we will learn how his teachings can inform, and deepen our practice, and contribute to the world’s healing that is in great need today.
Through daily dharma talks, daily emails, group discussion, and meditation, we will discover how we can gladden our hearts and those whose spirits are deeply saddened.
This non-traditional seven-day practice includes:
- Daily afternoon Dharma talks, live streamed 1:30 pm ET and will be available any time via video recordings.
- Daily email reflections selected from Master Sheng Yen’s text to inspire our learning.
- Daily opportunities for three meditation periods, in our Online Meditation Hall with participants from around the world.
The first hundred people to register will receive a free t-shirt. Check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.
This event is priced on a sliding scale. Please consider paying at the highest rate that you can afford. Your generosity supports Dharma Drum Mountain, staff, your fellow practitioners and our continuous efforts to help people to learn and grow.
When you submit your application, select one of the sliding scale rates below. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Any amount paid above the Base rate is a tax deductible donation to DDRC. Your confirmation email is your tax receipt.
|6:00 am ET||study quote of the day and two reflection questions (email)|
|7:30 -8:00 am||first meditation sitting|
|8:00-8:30 am||second meditation sitting (optional; pick one or do both sittings)|
|1:00-1:30 pm||meditation sitting|
|1:30-2:30 pm||Dharma talk and Q&A|
|7:00-7:30 pm||evening sitting|
|7:30-7:45 pm||breakout groups and sharing|
When meditating, please respect this virtual retreat as if you were practicing in the Chan Hall. Allow enough space in the comfort of your own home for seated meditation. Let your housemates know that you should not be disturbed at that time. During the rest of the day, hold on to your practice with relaxation and clear awareness.
For sitting meditation, floor cushions or a meditation bench would be best if you have them. Although a sturdy, comfortable chair where the thighs can be level with the floor is acceptable as well.
DAILY DHARMA TALKS
|3/20 Saturday||Abbot Guo Yuan (orientation)|
|3/21 Sunday||Rebecca Li|
|3/22 Monday||Gilbert Gutierrez|
|3/23 Tuesday||Venerable Chang Wu|
|3/24 Wednesday||Simon Child|
|3/25 Thursday||Venerable Chang Ji|
|3/26 Friday||Zarko Andricevic|
|3/27 Saturday||Abbot Guo Yuan (ending 3:00 pm ET)|
Venerable Guo Yuan is a Buddhist monk trained in Chan Buddhism, ordained in 1987. He studied Theravada Buddhism for a year in Thailand in 1991. For over twenty years, he accompanied Master Sheng Yen and served as translator in Chan meditation retreats. Fluent in Mandarin, Vietnamese, and English, he now leads Chan retreats in many countries around the world. He is currently the abbot of DDRC. read more
Rebecca Li, PhD, is the founder and guiding teacher of Chan Dharma Community. She attended her first intensive retreat with Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1996 and began serving as his interpreter in 1998. She started her teacher’s training with Master Sheng Yen in 1999 and later on, she trained with John Crook and then Simon Child, both Dharma heirs of Master Sheng Yen, to lead intensive retreats. Rebecca received full Dharma transmission from Simon Child in 2016. read more
Gilbert Gutierrez has over thirty-nine years of meditation experience, which includes his study of various martial arts as well as Chi Gong. In 2002, he received Dharma Transmission from Chan Master Sheng Yen. He is the founder of the Riverside Chan Meditation Group. He conducts retreats and lectures throughout North America. Gilbert teaches in a classical Chan style which inspires his students to investigate Chan through diligent practice. read more
Venerable Chang Wu
Venerable Chang Wu is the Abbess of Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre. She teaches classes in Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and leads intensive meditation retreats in Canada and the USA, as well as England, Luxemburg, Mexico and Taiwan. She organizes and participates in scholarly conferences and interfaith dialogue around the world. You can read more and listen to her Dharma talks here.
Simon Child received Dharma Transmission from Chan Master Sheng Yen in 2000 and is the Guiding Teacher of the Western Chan Fellowship. Simon started his training with John Crook in 1981 and trained with Chan Master Sheng Yen from 1992. His teaching approach uses the orthodox methods of Chan Master Sheng Yen and also some adaptations to help the Western personality engage with traditional practice. read more
Venerable Chang Ji
Venerable Chang Ji served as the International Affairs Special Assistant to the late Chan Master Sheng Yen. As DDMBA’s representative to the United Nations, she has participated in many international conferences, including the World Economic Forum, World Bank, as well as meetings on climate change. She is committed to teaching the tenets of contemplative action to young adults worldwide, and facilitates programs for young leaders in conflict and post-conflict areas.
Zarko Andricevic, is founder of Dharmaloka Chan Buddhist Community and Chan Retreat Centre in Croatia. Zarko first encountered Buddhism 1975 and has been a martial arts and yoga teacher since the 1970s. In the mid-80s he started the first Buddhist study and meditation group in Croatia. In 1996 he meet Chan Master Sheng Yen and become one of his students. Zarko received Dharma transmission from Master Sheng Yen in June 2001. Since then he is teaching and leading Chan retreats in Europe, USA, Canada, Taiwan and Australia. He currently lives and teaches at Chan Retreat Center in Croatia.