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

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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Bodhi-Mind

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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Welcome

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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2017 Schedule of
Monthly Meditation Practice

9/16, 9/30, 11/11, 12/9

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Monthly Meditation

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Place: Lucy Robbins Welles Library
(Community Room)  
95 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 

Please RSVP to cmchartfordct@gmail.com

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3 Day Chan Retreat

Date: January 19 - 21, 2018
Place:The Archdiocesan Center
St. Thomas Seminary
467 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/g7mtPLZthED6XjqJ2

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