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Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) is a U.S. based non-profit organization committed to serving humanity by working to relieve human suffering – physical, emotional and spiritual. Its founder and spiritual leader is the renowned teacher of Chan Buddhism, Master Sheng Yen.

After receiving a doctorate in Buddhist studies at Rissho University, Japan in 1975, Master Sheng Yen embarked on his mission of bringing the Dharma to the West. Soon after arriving in New York City in 1976, he began to hold Saturday meditation classes which attracted a number of students.

From this nucleus of mostly Western as well as Asian disciples, Master Sheng Yen later established the Chan Meditation Center (CMC) in Queens, New York. At CMC, members and newcomers could learn Buddhist theory and meditation, attend meditation retreats, participate in weekend open houses, and cultivate Dharma friendships. In 1994, as CMC grew in breath and scope, Master Sheng Yen established Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association to further the teaching of Buddhism in the West and for international programs. Since then, nearly 31 DDMBA chapters have been started in the USA.

Dharma Drum Mountain Chan Meditation Center in Sunnyvale is a Chan (Zen) Buddhism Dharma land where participants can apply Chan teachings, assimilate Buddhist Compassion and Wisdom, and achieve harmony and equanimity of body and minds. Using the protection of the Spiritual Environment as the leading principle, our vision is to actualize the Four Kinds of Environmentalism—spiritual, social, living, and natural environment through affirming the Threefold Education and practicing the Fivefold Spiritual Renaissance. Sharing and promoting the living, adaptable Buddhadharma practical for daily life to the general public, is our goal.

We have regular meditation practices, retreats, vegan cooking, Ta Chi and tea meditation classes...etc. From time to time, we invite highly respected speakers to give us special talks and/or training.

If you are new to the meditation, you can call or email to schedule a private course free of charge.

Profile of Master Sheng Yen:

Regarding Dharma Drum Mountain: (located in Sunnyvale)

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