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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Public Talk
Living a Chan Style

Date: Saturday, October 10th , 2015 1:45pm~4:00pm

Location:Engineering Student Center, 10 Hillhouse Ave.  New Haven, CT

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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



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By Guoxing Fashi On October 11, 2014

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2015 Special Events

3-Day Chan Retreat
Led by Abbot Venerable Guo Xing

September 23-25, 2015
Essence of Mind - Non-arising Non-perishing
Led by Abbot Venerable Guo Xing

September 26, 2015 at 9:45 am to 12:00 noon

Chan/Zen Meditation
Led by Venerable Chang Xiang

October 31, 2015 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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