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WEEKEND RETREAT: Chan Meditation
March 3 @ 8:00 pm - March 5 @ 4:00 pmFree
“To experience life wholeheartedly is Chan practice.”
-Chan Master Sheng-Yen
Taiwan has been a hotbed of orthodox Mahāyāna Buddhism for centuries, and has produced some of the world’s most exceptional teachers – such as the venerated monk Ven. Sheng-Yen, who started the global Buddhist organization “Dharma Drum Mountain,” and has produced dozens of Dharma books in English and Chinese. He founded several monasteries and retreat centers all over the world before his death in 2009.
While Master Sheng-Yen has passed on, his legacy continues in the teaching tradition upheld by his disciples. This March, two of his students – Ven. Chang-Hwa and Ven. Chang-Zhai – will be joining us to lead a weekend retreat in the tradition of Master Sheng-Yen, guiding us through the Chan Buddhist practices of immediate liberation.
This retreat is a silent retreat.
It will start on March 3rd, at 8pm; it ends on Sunday, March 5th, at 4pm. Advance registration is required for all participants. If you register to stay overnight and decide not to attend, please inform us as soon as possible, so another person may come in your place.
Registration to this retreat does not reserve you a spot. A confirmation email will be sent to all participants who have signed-up on a first-come-first basis. All others are to be considered on a waiting list.
HOW TO REGISTER:
1. SIGN-UP FOR YOUR PREFERRED EVENTBRITE TICKET
2. FILL-IN THIS RETREAT FORM
3. A WEEK BEFORE THE RETREAT YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL WITH SCHEDULE AND WHAT TO BRING
There is no price tag to participate in this retreat, because it is offered on a Dana (generosity) basis: please donate what you can and what you wish in order to make the program available to other people. Please note that if you register and do not attend without giving us sufficient notice, you may be blacklisted from future events.
Venerable Chang-Hwa is the Director of Chan Meditation Center. After completing 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. Venerable is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English.
Venerable Chang-Zhai is a Buddhist nun of the Mahayana Chan tradition (Taiwanese Zen). She 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 DDSUniversity 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. www.chancenter.org