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Online 1-Day Retreat

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan

Any Level

Sliding Scale

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Begins: Saturday March 19, 2022
Check-in: 8:45 am
End Date: Saturday March 19, 2022
End Time: 5:00 PM
Deadline:

apply by 3:00 pm Friday March 18

NOTE: Please make your payment no later than 3:00 pm the day before the retreat. At that time we will email the Zoom codes for the retreat.


Come practice and learn together with us – online, building diligence, camaraderie, and having fun. Explore self-mastery through Chan Meditation.

Requirements to be accepted are:

  1. Previous instruction in basic meditation.
  2. A commitment to all-day practice.
  3. A PC or smart-phone to connect with the retreat.

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. Do not distract yourself with talking, reading, or checking your phone.

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.


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.

Base: $35
Sustainer: $50
Benefactor: $100

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.