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Stillness in Motion

Led by Dharma Drum Teachers

Any Level

Sliding Scale


Begins: Friday March 3, 2023
Check-in: 1:45 PM
End Date: Saturday March 11, 2023
End Time: 3:00 PM

Thursday March 2, 3:00 pm

Open for registration now!     Click to REGISTER

In this online non-traditional program, learn to integrate meditation into your daily life. Join experienced Chan teachers from across the United States and Europe for an in-depth exploration of Zen relaxation, retreat practice, study and daily practice. Guided by the late Master Sheng Yen’s practical and inspiring text, Zen and Inner Peace Volume One, we will learn how his teachings can inform, and deepen our practice and contribute to the world’s healing and our own.

Through daily dharma talks, emails, group discussion and meditation sessions, we will discover the benefits of Chan practice of slowing down, simplifying our lives using compassion and wisdom.

This seven-day program includes:

  • Daily afternoon Dharma talks, live streamed 2:30 pm EST and will be available afterwards via video recordings.
  • Daily email reflections selected from Master Sheng Yen’s text to inspire our learning.
  • Daily opportunities for three meditation periods, in our Online Meditation Hall with participants from around the world.



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.

Reduced: $150
Base: $225
Sustainer: $350
Benefactor: $550


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



March 4th and 5th – Two-Day Online Meditation Retreat

A 9 am EST to 5 pm EST schedule includes meditation, exercise, Dharma Talk and walking meditation with a two-hour lunch break and work practice option.  You can choose and commit to a full one-day or two-day retreat.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Meditation, Exercise, Dharma Talk
12:00 – 1:45 pm Lunch Break, Work Practice
2:00 – 5:00 pm Stretch, Walking and Sitting Meditation

March 6th-10th – Daily Schedule

6:00 am EST study quote of the day and two reflection questions (email)
7:00-7:25 am 8 Form Moving Meditation
7:30-8:00 am first meditation sitting
8:00-8:40 am second meditation sitting (optional; pick one or do both sittings)
2:00-2:30 pm meditation sitting
2:30-3:30 pm Dharma talks and Q&A
7:00-7:30 pm evening sitting
7:30-7:50 pm breakout groups and sharing
7:50-8:40 pm optional meditation sitting
8:40-8:50 pm massage


When meditating, please respect this virtual practice 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 at that time. During the rest of the day, hold on to your practice with relaxation and clear awareness.

For sitting meditation, 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.

Teachers for Daily Dharma Talks

3/3 Friday Abbot Guo Yuan – Orientation
3/4 Saturday Abbot Guo Yuan
3/5 Sunday Abbot Guo Yuan
3/6 Monday Nancy Bonardi
3/7 Tuesday Rebecca Li
3/8 Wednesday Harry Miller
3/9 Thursday Karmen Mihalinec
3/10 Friday Zarko Andricevic



Abbot Guo Yuan

Venerable Guo Yuan is a Buddhist monk trained in Chan Buddhism, ordained in 1987. He studied Theravada Buddhism for a year in Thailand in 1991. For over twenty years, he accompanied Master Sheng Yen and served as translator in Chan meditation retreats. Fluent in Mandarin, Vietnamese, and English, he now leads Chan retreats in many countries around the world. He is currently the abbot of DDRC. read more

Zarko Andricevic

Zarko Andricevic is the founder of Dharmaloka Chan Buddhist Community and Chan Retreat Centre in Croatia. Zarko first encountered Buddhism 1975 and has been a martial arts and yoga teacher since the 1970s. In the mid-80s he started the first Buddhist study and meditation group in Croatia. In 1996 he met Chan Master Sheng Yen and became one of his students. Zarko received Dharma transmission from Master Sheng Yen in June 2001. Since then he has been teaching and leading Chan retreats in Europe, USA, Canada, Taiwan and Australia. He currently lives and teaches at Chan Retreat Center in Croatia.

Rebecca Li

Rebecca Li PhD

Rebecca Li, a Dharma heir in the lineage of the Chan Master Sheng Yen, started practicing meditation in 1995. She attended her first intensive retreat with Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1996 and began serving as his interpreter in 1998. She started her teacher’s training with Master Sheng Yen in 1999 and started teaching as Dharma and meditation instructor in 2002. Later on, she trained with John Crook and then Simon Child, both Dharma heirs of Master Sheng Yen, to lead intensive retreats and received full Dharma transmission from Simon Child in 2016. Currently, she teaches meditation and Dharma classes, gives public lectures and leads retreats at Dharma Drum centers, university meditation groups and Dharma practice groups mostly in northeastern United States. Some of her talks and writings can be found at www.rebeccali.org. Rebecca is also a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The College of New Jersey.

Harry Miller

Harry Miller PhD

Harry Miller studied with Master Sheng Yen for over 30 years. He was editor of The Chan Newsletter for over 10 years, and he is a frequent contributor to Chan Magazine, and a certified Dharma Teacher at the Chan Meditation Center. In addition, he is a board member of the Chan Meditation Center, a docent at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, and a Dharma Teacher for the Buddhist Sangha at All Souls, NYC. He holds a B.A in French and English literature from Sarah Lawrence and an M.A. in Chinese Literature and an M.Phil. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Nancy Bonardi

Nancy Bonardi

Nancy met Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1978, when he was a student in her English class, and she became his meditation student shortly thereafter. She has taught metta contemplation, beginners meditation classes, and led one day retreats at the Chan Meditation Center (CMC) in Queens. At the Dharma Drum Retreat Center she co-led the Beginner’s Mind retreat. She has been a guest speaker at the Insight Meditation Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Nancy lives in Virginia and Indiana.

David Listen

David Listen 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 America, Europe, and East Asia. Previously known as Venerable Chang Wen (常聞法師), he was one of the few Western monastic disciples of Chan Master Sheng Yen. He had been a monk for over a decade, and has since returned to lay life to share the insights of the Buddha in his own creative way. David is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and has done extensive work translating the teachings of Chinese Buddhism into English, both on retreat and in published works. He holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies, a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, and is currently a counselor at a clinic for people suffering from severe mental illness. He also has his own life mentoring/coaching practice, guiding people in their cultivation of wisdom and compassion on an individual basis.

Karmen Mihalinec

Karmen Mihalinec

As a teenager, at the urging of her mother, she began practicing yoga, which was soon accompanied by Buddhism. Together with Žarko Andričević, she is the co-founder of the Buddhist Center in Zagreb, Croatia, the head of the School for Zenyoga Teachers and the author of the book Zenyoga — developing mindfulness through movement. She steered the Chan Center in Hartovski Vrh construction project, where she now teaches and leads shorter retreats. She graduated in Indian Studies and Philosophy. As she’s also the Center’s director, when she’s not weeding the garden, she coordinates and develops its programs. Sometimes she translates from English and Sanskrit, and studies yogācara.