monastery retreat new york spiritual retreat ny spiritual retreats in new york buddhist retreat center Buddhist monastery New York dharma drum retreat center Zen center New York spiritual retreats new york meditation courses how to do meditation

Intensive Chan Retreat (July 14-22, 2018)

Intensive Chan Retreat

July 14-22, 2018

Led by Chang Hwa Fashi & Chang Zhai Fashi

Begins: Saturday, July 14

check in 4-6 pm

Ends: Sunday, July 22

2 pm

Fee: $585
Openings: Available – Sign in to register
Deadline: July 11

Retreat Program

This retreat will be conducted using video lectures of Master Sheng Yen (Shifu). The teachings are from the only retreat where Shifu taught samatha-vipassana beginning from counting and following the breath, and bridging to the methods of silent illumination and huatou, and the contemplation of emptiness.

Chang Hwa Fashi has selected these as very important and comprehensive teachings. During the retreat  Fashi will offer guidance according to Shifu’s teachings and will lead Q&A sessions.

You can view a sample schedule here.

NOTE: Dharma talks will be given in Chinese and translated into English.

Requirements for Intensive Retreat

Our intensive retreats follow the traditional Chan monastery schedule, starting early in the morning and making the most efficient use of time in concentrated group practice. There are numerous forty-minute sitting periods throughout the day.

Participants should be mentally and physically prepared for the rigors of such a regimen. Therefore, we carefully screen each applicant to ensure sufficient experience for acceptance on an intensive retreat. The requirements are that the applicant has:

  • already received basic meditation instruction
  • established a daily personal practice
  • previously attended at least one non-intensive three-day retreat (e.g. Beginner’s Mind Retreat, Foundation Retreat)

Chang Hwa Fashi, PhD

Venerable Chang Hwa is the Director of the Chan Meditation Center. After completing her monastic education at Dharma Drum Sangha University in Taiwan and receiving full ordination in 2005, Venerable served as Director of the Department of International Relations and Development in DDM Taiwan. In addition to her current position as Director, Ven. Chang Hwa also supervises DDM Dharmapala Groups in North America, gives public lectures and leads meditation programs.

Venerable Chang Hwa holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English.

Chang Zhai Fashi

Venerable Chang Zhai entered the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) in 2008, mainly studying under the Chan Practice program. In 2010, Venerable received full ordination. In 2012, after completing a 4-year monastic education at DDSU in Taiwan, she returned to the U.S. and has served as a member of the Chan Meditation Center in New York until now.

Venerable speaks both Mandarin and English.