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Turkey-Syria Earthquake Relief

"Those who aid and deliver the suffering are bodhisattvas, 
and those in the throes of suffering are great bodhisattvas"
— Master Sheng Yen

DDMBA (UN-NGO) would like to invite all our members and friends to help the Earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Our focus will be related to medical supplies, housing, foods, children’s education/scholarship, and mental health.  
You can Help.
* Recommended: 
  1. Check (payable to “DDMBA”  Memo: Turkey/Syria Earthquake Relief) 
  2. Zelle (
* Optional: PayPal (Service charge is required.)
Mailing address:
Chan Meditation Center
9126 Corona Ave. Elmhurst NY11373

Reflection of the week

Words of Master Sheng Yen

"If you do not practice daily, you may not be able to maintain enthusiasm for practice, and without periods of extended practice, it is impossible to experience even a brief period of true peace. Daily practice is useful for two reasons: it maintains your interest in and enthusiasm for practice, and it reminds you that you are a practitioner. This constant reminder helps you to realize how inappropriate and foolish it is to be vexed by life's ups and downs. However, a deeper sense of peace can only be experienced through intensive practice over an extended period of time."

- Master Sheng Yen, Complete Enlightment

What's New

We’ve been plugging away...

We are transitioning our online programs to this new site, as part of Dharma Drum Retreat Center. First up is our Meditation Group Sessions (MGS) on Sundays. Additional online programs will soon to follow.

We are also envisoning a physical meditation center in the Manhattan area in New York to provide a conducive in-person environement and teachings for busy people in the city to cultivate their practice while benefiting their day-to-day lives.

upcoming Events

Online Mediation Group Sessions

Sundays, 2 to 4 PM EST / 11 AM to 1 PM PST

(click here to find out when in your time zone)

Come! Come practice and learn together with us - online, while building camaraderie, diligence and having fun. Explore the journey of self-mastery through Chan Meditation. More...

Coming Home to the Buddha - Online Refuge Ceremony

The next online taking the refuge ceremony has yet to be announced. We will inform you via our next newsletter once the date is made available. More...

Practitioners' corner

Our practitioners sharing their precious reflections forward, to you...

December 18, 2022

We had yet another taking the refuge ceremony to wrap up the year, with a group of fourteen (14) fellow Chan practitioners... 

August 28, 2022

We had another one on with a group of six (6) fellow Chan practitioners from Finland, Germany, Spain, and United States...

Taking Refuge - Ukraine

While the entire world is saddened, heartbroken, and impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, there is a bright and shiny light...