Dharma Quote

A mind undistracted by circumstance is the result of meditation; A mind at one with circumstance is the result of wisdom. To experience life wholeheartedly is Chan practice.
– Chan Master Sheng Yen

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Four Elements

The Buddha said: “You should be mindful of the four elements (earth, water, fire and wind) within the body. Though each has a name, all are without a self. Since they have no self, they are like an illusion.”
–from Sutra in Forty-Two Sections translated by Bhikshuni Heng Ch’ih

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No Self to Illuminate

When you can thus understand your “self”, you can thus resolve your “self”. In your practice, whatever you are doing, please illuminate the self; That is to say, be aware of the workings of your mind and body. As your practice proceeds, you will understand that there is really no self that can be illuminated. At that point we realize that the vexations, anguish, and anxiety we stir up essentially do not exist. There is no owner of these afflications.
— From Master Sheng Yen, The Method of No-Method

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Wisdom is not attained by wishing but by decreasing self-attachment and vexations. To this end we generate bodhi-mind through renunciation and compassion. If we have renunciation without compassion, we will reject the world and develop negativity; If we have compassion without renunciation, we will be attached to the world with a mind of seeking. So, compassion and renunciation are inseparable in bodhi-mind. Together, they are bodhi-mind.

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Dharma Drum Hartford CT is a group of practitioners learning the Buddha’s teachings through the tradition of Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan Buddhism. Its founder and spiritual leader is the renowned teacher of Chan Buddhism, Master Sheng Yen (1930-2009).

Together with our affliated organizations, we offer a variety of programs for beginners, as well as long-time practitioners.

We welcome you to learn and practise Chan together with us amidst all daily life, cultivating mindfulness, wisdom and compassion.

Monthly Meditation Practice

Date: Saturday,  September 20 , 2014 at 10:00am-2:00pm

Integrative Wellness and Physical Therapy
34 Jerome Avenue, Suite 305, Bloomfield, CT 06002

Led by Venerable Guo Su
Please RSVP cmchartfordct@gmail.com by 9/18,
if you would like to stay for lunch. 

2014 Schedule of Monthly Meditation Practice


2014 Events

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2014 Hiking Event
June 28, 2014
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
3-Day Chan Retreat
October 8 - 10, 2014
A CCSU Compassion Lecture
October 11, 2014
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
A CCSU Compassion Lecture
November 5, 2014
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Chan/ Zen Meditation
November 8, 2014
10:00 am - 3:00 pm