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.


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By Guoxing Fashi On October 11, 2014


2015 Monthly Meditation Practice

Heart Sutra in Daily Life
Guest Speaker: Chang Di Fashi  (Disciple of Master Sheng Yen)
Date: Saturday, 3/ 21, 4/18, 5/30
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Barney Library Program Room
 71 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 Details

I've Got the Con
Guest Speaker: James C. Malley, Ph.D.
Date: Saturday, 5/16
Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm
Location: Barney Library Program Room
 71 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 Details

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2015 Schedule of Monthly Meditation Practice

2/28, 3/21, 4/18, 5/30, 6/13, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12



Personal Comments on 3-Day Chan Retreat by Dan Vencak

2015 Special Events

Details coming soon
Dragon Boat Asian Festival
August 15 and 16, 2015
Activities Led by Abbot Venerable Guo Xing
September 23-26, 2015
Workshop Led by Venerable Chang Wen
October 31, 2015