London Chan Meditation
The London Chan Meditation (LCM) is a UK not-for-profit organisation, an affiliate of the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA). LCM is run by a managing committee consisting of core volunteers. Our Intentions Taking the teachings of the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan Buddhism founded by the late Chan Master Sheng Yen (1931-2009), the LCM intentions are: – Integrating Chan (Zen) teachings and meditation practice into everyday life. – To support one another and organically grow as a multicultural community being inclusive of all walks of life and backgrounds. – Through knowledge of self-nature, cultivate wisdom to serve the benefit of all.
We offer meditation instructions, Dharma talks from our teachers, reading club, public lectures, practice meetups, retreats and informal social gatherings. Our programs are donation-based and are open to anyone who is interested, irrespective of religious affiliations or race. All are welcome! Our History The LCM originated in August 2010 as a small group of Chan practitioners and volunteers under the leadership of Ms Orca Liew. Supported by the various Dharma Drum Lineage monastic and lay teachers, the group held annual meditation classes, retreats, and other programs. In 2020, Orca graciously stepped down as the leader and our group continued with a new name, London Chan Meditation, DDMBA.
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He was the founder of Dharma Drum Mountain and Dharma Drum Lineage. He was a Chinese Buddhist monk, a religious scholar, and one of the mainstream teachers of Chan Buddhism. Master Sheng Yen was well known as a progressive Buddhist teacher who sought to teach Buddhism in a modern and Western-influenced world. In 2000, he was one of the keynote speakers in the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held in the United Nations. He wrote more than a hundred books in Chinese and more than a dozen in English. Many of his books have been translated into other languages. We study his books, watch and listen to his recordings.
She was a student of Master Sheng Yen and now is the Abbess of Dharma Drum Mountain Vancouver Centre in Canada. She was a business professional holding an MBA before studying Chan with Master Sheng Yen in New York in 1993. She entered monastic life in 2000 and has been teaching Buddhism and meditation since 2003. She regularly gives public lectures and leads retreats in the USA and Europe. Venerable Chang Wu offers monthly online teachings and visits us regularly.
He was Master Sheng Yen’s first personal attendant and assistant. He is the Founder of Tallahassee Chan Center and an Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at Florida State University. He is an experienced teacher and practitioner of Chan in both monastic and lay life. He is also the author of several books, including The Essence of Chan, Passing Through the Gateless Barrier and Silent Illumination. Guo Gu is our primary teacher, and offers monthly online teachings and visits us regularly.
To Give Something Without Expecting Or Hoping For Anything In Return Is Called Dāna In Buddhism. This Includes Gifts, Alms, Donations, Offerings And Gifts That Can Be Given Not Only Materially But Also Generously In The Form Of Energy And Wisdom. Dāna Is One Of The Perfections Pāramitā And An Important Virtue.