February 16 - 19, 2024

Stillness In Motion 2024

Event Description

Come experience the joy of moment to moment awareness and find stillness within.  This retreat was originally designed during the COVID-19 pandemic as an online retreat for participants to bring Chan practice into daily life at home. Stillness in Motion 2024 is now being offered as an in-person 3 day event. Through daily Dharma talks, meditation, Arts in Chan sessions and group discussions, we will discover the benefits of Chan practice and how to incorporate it into our lives.

If you are new to meditation practice, or have never participated in a retreat, this is an ideal opportunity to begin a spiritual journey and have a taste of Chan. For experienced practitioners, the more you practice in daily routines, the more likely you are to enter a meditative state. These states can help you experience deep relaxation and heightened awareness. It’s like hitting the pause button in a busy world — a chance to quiet the chatter in your mind and enjoy moments of peace, calm and clarity.


Event Highlights

Morning and Evening Meditation: Thirty minute sitting periods with guided gentle yoga and walking meditation. Instructions will be provided to participants who do not have meditation experience.

Daily Dharma Talks: offered by David Listen, Chang Ji Fashi, and Guo Yuan Fashi.

Afternoon Arts Sessions in Chan:

Flower Arranging – Led by Guo Yuan Fashi

Meditative Drawing – Led by Visual Artist. Dr. Rikki Asher

“Be kind to yourself” is something we’ve all heard before. But how does one do it? Taking 10 minutes to have a mindful experience while drawing is an act of kindness that can clear space in your mind, and relax the body. Through drawing and mindfulness, participants will gain tools to activate self-kindness.

Work Practice: A simple task is assigned to all participants, allowing you to practice Chan while working. Being in the present moment brings awareness to the task at hand.


2/17 2/18 2/19
6:00 am Morning boards
6:30 am Meditation
7:15 am Breakfast
9:00 am Dharma Talk, Q&A
Guoyuan Fashi David Listen Changji Fashi
10:00 am Sitting & Walking Meditation
12:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Painting Cookie Making Flower Arrangement
3:30 pm Tea Chat: Buddhist Ethics and Precepts
4:30 pm Work Practice
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Fireplace Chat
8:30 pm Sitting & Walking Meditation
10:00 pm Lights out



This event is priced on a sliding scale. Please consider your registration as a moment to practice generosity by paying at the highest rate that you can afford. Your generosity supports Dharma Drum Retreat Center, staff, your fellow practitioners, and our continued efforts to help people to learn and grow. Any amount paid above the Base rate is a tax-deductible donation to DDRC. Please contact us if you need the tax receipt.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Chartered Shuttle

Provided we have enough interested participants, we are happy to coordinate chartered shuttle service from Manhattan Penn Station to our center. The fee for the shuttle service is $75 for one way and $150 for a round trip per person. We will follow up as the retreat nears and let you know if there is sufficient demand to run the shuttle.

The shuttle will depart from Manhattan Penn Station at 5:00 pm on the start day of the retreat, taking you directly to our center. On the end day of the retreat, the return shuttle will depart from our center at 4:30 pm, heading back to Manhattan Penn Station.

If you wish to avail of the shuttle service, please remember to check the item during registration.


Guo Yuan Fashi, one of Chan Master Sheng Yen’s Dharma heirs, is a Buddhist monk trained in Chan Buddhism. In 1985 he first encountered Master Sheng Yen’s teachings while attending…
David has been sharing Chan/Zen meditation and Buddhist teachings for over 15 years, leading intensive meditation retreats, classes, and activities at various monasteries, college campuses, and private institutions throughout North…
Venerable Chang Ji was ordained as a nun under Dharma Drum Mountain in 2004. In her role as the International Affairs Special Assistant to the late Most Venerable Master Sheng…
In Person

Friday, February 16th
Check in: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Orientation & Guided Meditation: 8:30 - 10:00 PM

Monday, February 19th
End time: 4:00 PM

Sliding Scale
  • Base – $300.00
  • Sustainer – $375.00
  • Benefactor – $600.00
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