Rebecca Li

Rebecca Li, Ph.D. is a Dharma heir in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen and 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. Later on, she trained with John Crook and then Simon Child, both Dharma heirs of Master Sheng Yen, to lead intensive retreats. She received full Dharma transmission from Simon Child in 2016. She teaches meditation and Dharma classes, gives public lectures, and leads retreats in North America and Europe. Her talks and writings can be found at She is a sociology professor and lives with her husband in New Jersey. She is the author of Allow Joy into Our Hearts: Chan Practice in Uncertain Times, and her new book is Illumination: A Guide to the Buddhist Method of No-Method (Shambhala Publications, October 2023).

Events with Rebecca Li

Foundation Retreat
April 19 - 21, 2024

Event Description 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…

Silent Illumination Retreat
May 25 - June 1, 2024

Discovering the Shining Silence: a Silent Illumination Retreat. This traditional 7-day retreat provides time and space for dedicated practitioners to learn, practice and cultivate the Chan method of Silent Illumination.…

Beginner's Mind Retreat
August 23 - 25, 2024

Event Description A “beginner’s mind” is a mind open to experiencing life in the present moment, free from preconceived notions and expectations — a mind open to genuine understanding and…

Western Zen Retreat
October 4 - 9, 2024

Event Description “Who am I?” Thoroughly confronting this question can take us directly to the center of our being. Over the course of this five-day retreat you will investigate the…

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