We take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to all - past and current supporters - for your unwavering supports to the Chan Meditation Center. We seek your continued support to accomplish the expansion project for a great leader of Chan Buddhism. Please make your check payable to "CMC" and note "CMC Expansion Project" and mail it to Chan Meditation Center, 90-56 Corona Avenue, Elmhurst, NY 11373. In October 1987, Chan Meditation Center moved across the street to the current location, a three-story building with a full basement and four floors of functioning space.
Chan Master Sheng Yen passed away on February 3, 2009 in Taiwan, a great loss for his sangha community and lay disciples. Chan Master Sheng Yen first spoke about Spiritual Environmentalism at the United Nations Headquarter in New York City in 2000. Chan Meditation Center expansion project is scheduled to start in summer 2014, projected completion is summer 2016. The world-wide Tai Chi and Qi Gong celebration will be celebrated outdoors on the lawn of the Family Pavillion at Pinckneyville Park in Norcross, GA.
Arthritis, Asthma, complex autoimmune diseases, anxiety and depression disorders, Diabetes, heart disease, Hypertension, obesity, Rheumatic disease and many more. The latest research has documented improved outcomes for patients battling cancer, recovering from major surgery, and even traumatic brain injury.
Every participant who attends and registers at Shaolin Institute’s free-to-the-public event will receive a World Tai Chi Day T-shirt and will be awarded a two-week gift certificate entitling them to (4) Tai Chi or Tai Gong classes at the private martial arts campus in Norcross, GA. Similar programs will be conducted by Shaolin Institute Atlanta’s two sister campuses in Mobile, AL at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile, and New Orleans, at Audubon Zoo on St. Tai Gong is a combination of the ancient arts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong and is based on ancient Shaolin Chan and medical exercise therapies.
His success in leading patients to improved health and a better quality of life utilizing these ancient arts in the U.S has earned him the acclaim of many students and patients.
Grand Master Shi Deru (Shawn Liu) is a 31st generation descendant, Grand Master of the Shaolin Temple in the Henan province of China, and, Headmaster of Shaolin Institute. CCTV networks have more than 10 combined episodes of documentaries on Grand Master Shi DeRu, his work, and his achievements since he came to the U.S.
He has appeared on the cover of two international martial arts magazines and has been featured in dozens of articles published in numerous international magazines. Reach out to the author: contact and available social following information is listed in the top-right of all news releases. The Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin of the renowned China Songhan Shaolin Temple will bless the Shaolin Temple Culture Center in Herndon, Virginia established by his disciple Master Shi Yanran of Shaolin Temple USA. Besides advising on the center’s work in promoting Chan Buddhism and Shaolin culture in America, the Venerable Abbot will also preach to students and participants of the event. The Herndon center is the third Shaolin Temple Culture Center established by Shaolin Temple USA in 2007, a nonprofit, charitable organization with US federal class 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, by Master Shi Yanran, a 34th generation Buddhist Monk of Songshan Shaolin Temple.

Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) was founded by the renowned scholar and teacher of Chan Buddhism, Chan Master Sheng Yen.
The center is maintained by staff members and volunteers who, together with a strong faculty of lay and monastic teachers, aim to provide a home of Buddhist practice and learning for everyone.
DDRC welcomes you to practice Chan meditation together with them amidst all activities of daily life, cultivating mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion.
People come from near and far to study and practice Chan, receive support from the community, deepen their understanding of themselves, and learn to live more harmoniously with others.
Guo Gu is one of Master Sheng Yen’s senior lay teachers and translators, assisting with and leading activities at the Chan Meditation Center, Dharma Drum Retreat Center, and Dharma Drum Mountain, Taiwan. Rikki Asher is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and meditation teacher who began her practice with Shifu in 1978. Bill became interested in Buddhism as a high school student in the 1960s, and began studying Chan with Master Sheng Yen in 1992. Volunteering provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen our practice, cultivate loving kindness toward others, further one's connection to the community, and make the Center one's true refuge (home). The expansion will begins from ground up a€“ brick by brick, column by column a€“ when the project begins this summer.
To continue his mission to spread the Mahayana and Chan Buddhism and the concept of Spiritual Environmentalism in the West, his sangha community embarked on this expansion project by purchasing three adjacent buildings between 2010 and 2013. His work has been documented and reported on by 3 channels of CCTV networks (China Central TV International Networks) in China and around the globe. Four Chan Masters who accompany the Abbot on this will give talks on Chan Buddhism, Shaolin Kung Fu and Shaolin Medicine.
Four Shaolin Temple Masters who accompany the Abbot on this visit will give talks on Chan Buddhism, Shaolin Kung Fu and Shaolin Medicine. Its mission is to carry on and share the over 1,500-year profound Shaolin legacy with the American people.
Currently, the resident abbot is Guo Xing Fashi, one of the Dharma heirs of Master Sheng Yen. The center lies below the ecologically protected Shawangunk Ridge amid 125 acres of woods and meadowland. Whether for a few hours or a few weeks, they offer a range of activities to suit your interests and needs. They leave rejuvenated, equipped with the methods and concepts to bring the practice back home. In 1982, while still quite young, he learned meditation from Master Sheng Yen, and began practicing Chan intensively in 1989. He has been a meditator for 40 years—he learned TM (Transcendental Meditation) in 1969, was initiated into Devatma Shakti in 1984, and became Master Sheng Yen’s student and attended his first Chan retreat in 1992. He was editor of the Chan Newsletter for over 10 years, is a frequent contributor to Chan Magazine, and a lecturer at CMC.

Chen and a number of supporters, Chan Master Sheng Yen, rented the attic of a two-story house at Woodside, Queens of New York City, and founded the Chan Meditation Center.
Shaolin Temple, an ancient Buddhist Monastery established in 495 AD, was the birth place of Chinese Chan Buddhism, Shaolin Kung Fu (martial arts) and Shaolin Medicine. Serving as Executive Director, Master Yanran has since established 3 Shaolin Temple Culture Centers in San Francisco, Fremont, California and Herndon, Virginia, to promote Shaolin culture through classes, performances, Chan lectures and cultural events. A tributary of the Verkeerder Kill flows from below Sam’s Point Preserve on the ridge down through the property, where it forms a tranquil pond (Murray Pond) not far from the Chan hall. He was also the personal monastic attendant and assistant to Master Sheng Yen for almost nine years, and then in 1995, he was given permission by the Master to teach (inka) Chan. David was one of the first graduates of Master Sheng Yen’s Dharma Teacher Training program, and since 1999, has been teaching Beginners’ Meditation and lecturing on Dharma topics on behalf of the Chan Meditation Center. He is a board member of Dharma Drum Retreat Center and a member of the Dharma Teachers in Training at CMC. She has led one day retreats at the Chan Meditation Center (CMC) and Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) in Pine Bush, NY. He served for several years on the Board of the Chan Center, and since 2001, has been Managing Editor of Chan Magazine. His primary clinical training was at Weill Cornell Medical College, and his postdoctoral training was at the HIV Research Center of Columbia University. As such, Chan Meditation Center - ideally located in New York City, one of the world's major economic, cultural, and artistic hubs - is at the right spot, front and center, to play a pivotal role in promoting Chan Buddhism and nurturing future Chan leaders.
Guo Gu is now the guiding instructor for the Western Dharma Teachers at the Chan Meditation Center. He received his doctorate in Buddhist Studies in 2008 from Princeton University, and is now an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. She has given Dharma talks and talks about Buddhist art at various locales nationwide, including the Rubin Museum and the National Art Education Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He integrates Chan teachings in his clinical work, and his research interest focuses on the effects of mindfulness meditation. Currently, he is the leader of the Tallahassee Chan Group which meets regularly at the Tallahassee Buddhist Community in Florida. Peter started his Buddhist practice since 1988, and in 2003, he began his Chan practice at Dharma Drum Mountain. She is a visual artist, and Director of Art Education at Queens College, City University of New York. She received her Doctorate in 1991 from Columbia University Teachers College and her MFA in painting at CUNY, Lehman College in 1981.

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