The influence of the “Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana” Treatise on Chinese Buddhism

April 13, 2024 @ 10:00 AM – April 14, 2024 @ 05:00 PM
DDM Chicago Chapter
241 Holbrook Ave
IL 60090

The influence of the “Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana” Treatise on Chinese Buddhism

Ven. Guo Goang’s Dharma retreat will be held over two days with morning and afternoon sessions.

In the morning sessions, Ven. Guo Goang will lecture on the  Awakening Faith in the Mahayana Treatise and its profound influence of Chinese Buddhism. The aim of this lecture will be to exam the ideological background of Chinese Buddhism from the perspective of spiritual practice.  The afternoon session will be reserved for answering questions from participants in order to have in-depth discussions, clarification, and discernment of key ideas.  Participants are encouraged to send questions ahead of time to: Iris Wang, email:


Sat, Apr 13:  10 AM – 5 PM retreat, Part I     (Vegetarian Lunch: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)

Sun, Apr 14:  10 AM – 5 PM retreat, Part II  (Vegetarian Lunch: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)


Fee:      No Charge, donations can be made online or on site.


About the Teacher:

Venerable Guo-Goang

Venerable Guo Goang was ordained in 1990 and received Dharma transmission from Chan Master Sheng Yen in 2005.  She went for a solitary retreat in 2013 and returned to Dharma Drum Mountain as the Deputy Abbot in 2019. She currently is a senior teacher at the Chan Meditation Center, New York City.


About the Treatise on Awakening Faith in the Mahāyāna: 

Suggested English Textbook:

Appearing in sixth-century China, the Dasheng qixin lun 大乘起信論, Treatise on Awakening Mahāyāna Faith, has been one of the most important texts of East Asian Buddhism between the late sixth century— soon after it started to circulate—and the present. Conceptual structures derived from the Treatise became a shared resource for East Asian philosophers and religious theorists over centuries. Over three hundred commentaries were written on it in East Asia before 1900. It was crucial in the development of the Sinitic Buddhist schools of Huayan and Chan (Japanese Zen), and had some importance in Tiantai and Pure Land. The text was attractive because it was concise and relatively comprehensive. It seemed to resolve tensions and disparities between competing forms of Buddhist doctrine and practice, providing a model for later schools to harmonize teachings and sustain the idea that, despite different approaches, there was only one doctrine, or Dharma. It provided a theoretical basis for practice and stressed the importance of faith for beginners or those not yet committed to Mahāyāna Buddhism.


Registration:  To register please click on the (yellow) “Register” button below.

There will be a period of “mindful work practice” during the breaks after lunch.  Roles will be assigned at the check in.

If you have any questions please email Iris

Thank you!   

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Check-in (please read carefully!)

Check-in on  Sat and Sun begins at 9:30 a.m.


Shoes are not allowed inside of the Chan Hall (but can remain in the lobby, of course). For your comfort, we recommend loose, comfortable clothing and clean socks. We advise no jewelry (wedding bands are fine) or constricting stockings. You may remove your socks during the meditation sessions; meditations are traditionally done barefoot.

Please be mindful that the retreat is a scent-free event and avoid the use of perfume and/or cologne the day of retreat.


Our DDM Meditation Center (Chan Hall) address is:

241 Holbrook Drive
Wheeling, Il 60090

The center is located in a warehouse district. When you turn onto Holbrook Drive from Wheeling Road, our building will be on your right-hand side. Please drive into the parking lot and continue toward the back of the building where you will find plenty of parking.