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Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) was founded by the renowned scholor and teacher of Chan Buddhism, Chan Master Sheng Yen.
In the Los Angeles chapter, our goal is to share with our friends and neighbors in Southern California the wider mission of DDMBA - which is to educate the greater community about Chan. We offer free programs for beginners, as well as long time practitioners. The organization is made entirely of volunteers who share the same goal.

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Blessings for 2015
光明遠大 Great Light
智慧轉境,自心光明;Using wisdom to transform circumstances, one's mind is bright.
慈悲利他,希望遠大。Using compassion to benefit others, one's promise is great.

Chinese New Year Events Preview
A. 02/19 (Thr) – First of the New Year, Ceremony of chanting Diamond Sutra and praying for blessings & Grand Offering to the Buddha (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
B. 02/20 (Fri) – Second of the New Year, Medicine Buddha (Bhaisajyaguru) Dharma Service & Grand Offering to the Buddha (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
C. 02/21 (Sat) Third of the New Year, Grand Offering to the Buddha (11:20 am – 12:00 pm)
D. 02/22 (Sun) Forth of the New Year, Great Compassion (Maha Karuna) Repentance Ceremony (2:00 – 4:30 pm)
E. 02/19 (Thr) – 02/27 (Fri) Spring Festival calligraphy & ink wash painting exhibition (including works by Master Sheng Yen and Venerable Chi Chern) (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
F. Spring Festival Lamp Offering:
Besides offering the “Three Jewels Lamps” during the Grand Offering ceremonies, we also welcome you to light lamps for fostering dharma affinities during 1st – 15th lunar calendar (see details below). By lighting these lamps, we also ask for peace and blessings, gaining of merit and wisdom, and rediscovery of the Great Light! Those interested please contact reception starting from 01/05.

One Day Chan Retreat
please join us for a day of meditation. Obtain happiness by learning to appreciate the mind

Date: 2/28/2015 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30am-5pm
Registration: Please visit this website to sign up in advance.
Requirement: Participants should have completed a basic meditation training class.

For more information, please call or email us at ddmbala@gmail.com

Listen to our podcast "Tracing the Roots of Chan" by Gilbert Gutierrez

We welcome you to join in our weekly Ch’an meditation class. Activities include simple stretching exercise, sitting and walking meditation followed by group discussion guided by resident Sangha.
Classes will be held on every Saturday.
9:30 – 10:00 simple stretch exercises to prepare for sitting
10:00 – 11:00 sitting meditation
11:00 – 12:00 discussion

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable loose fitting clothing to all classes. Admission is free, pre-registration is required.(registration form)


Major Annual Events at ddmbala
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4530 N. Peck Rd, El Monte, CA 91732.   626-350-4388   ddmbala@gmail.com