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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2016 Schedule of Monthly CT Meditation Practice

June 18
July 9
July 16
Aug. 20: Dragon Boat Festival
Sept. 7 - 11: Five-day retreat
Oct. 16
Nov. 12
Dec. 17

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The Art of Letting Go

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Place: Barney Library
71 Main Street Farmington, CT 06032

Please RSVP   to cmchartfordct@gmail.com by 6/16.



2016 Family Chan Camp
  • Date: Aug 9 ~ 14
  • Location: Dharma Drum Retreat Center Pine Bush, NY
  • Registration Deadline: July 22

Please Click Here for retreat details.
Please Click Here for online registration.



2016 Special Events

Chan/Zhen Meditation
Led by Ven. Chang Zhen

July 9, 2016
Dragon Boat & Asian Festival
August 20 | 8 am to 4 pm
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza
5-Day Chan Retreat
Led by Abbot Venerable Guo Xing

September 7 -11, 2016

Visit our booth at Dragon Boat & Asian Festival