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Golden Age: 7 Day Chan Camp – In Person

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan

Any Level

Sliding Scale

Bus Confirmed


Begins: Monday September 19, 2022
Check-in: 4:00 - 6:00 PM - late arrival not allowed
End Date: Monday September 26, 2022
End Time: 1:00 PM

Apply by 3:00 PM Friday September 16

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will have to do one antigen test at home before your arrival and then bring one antigen testing kit with you. You will then take the second test on the third day of the retreat and self report to us the results.

This is a 7 day entry level retreat. This retreat will be held in Mandarin only.

The Golden Age retreat is mainly designed for people who is elder than 55-year-old and would like to continue their practice in meditation. However, you are still welcome to join this retreat if you are less than 55-year-old and speak Mandarin. Sitting periods are generally twenty to thirty minutes. Wake-up time is not as early as on an advanced retreat.

The meditation method will be taught in the context of daily life activities, such as sitting, standing, walking, sleeping, working, and eating. Chanting and gentle yoga exercises further harmonize the body, breath, and mind. The retreat also includes daily lectures, meditation instruction, guided meditation, and personal interviews.

NOTE: Event will be given in mandarin.

Sample Schedule

5:30 am Wake up

6:00 Exercise and Morning Sitting

7:20 Breakfast, followed by work practice

9:00 Dharma Talk, Yoga, Sitting and Walking Meditation

12:00 pm Lunch, followed by work practice

2:00 pm Dharma Talk, Yoga, Sitting and Walking Meditation

5:00 pm Evening Service

5:45 pm Dinner, followed by work practice

7:15 pm Dharma Talk, Sitting and Prostration

9:30 pm Lights Out

Sliding Scale

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. If needed we encourage you to apply for a scholarship , please reach out to apply@dharmadrumretreat.org for more information.

Base: $525
Sustainer: $700
Benefactor: $1050

Any amount paid above the Base rate is a tax deductible donation to DDRC. Your confirmation email is your tax receipt.

Abbot Guo Yuan, a Dharma Heir of Master Sheng Yen


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 a seven-day retreat in New York. He then decided to become a disciple before finally leaving his job in Toronto, Canada, to become a monk in the Chan tradition. He was ordained in 1987 in Taiwan. For over twenty years, he accompanied and became translator to Master Sheng Yen in various Chan meditation retreats in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and Mexico.

He studied Theravada Buddhism for a year in Thailand in 1991. Upon returning from Thailand, Guo Yuan Fashi was elected abbot of both the Chan Meditation Center (CMC) in Queens and the Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) in Pine Bush, New York. His responsibilities included attending interfaith services, teaching meditation, and giving lectures on Buddhism. In 2006 he became the director of the International Chan Retreat Center in Dharma Drum Mountain, Taiwan. In 2016 he returned to Pine Bush to become once again the abbot of DDRC. Fluent in Mandarin, Vietnamese, and English, he leads Chan retreat in many countries around the world.