Dongshan’s Five Ranks

September 5, 2024 @ 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
DDM Chicago Chapter
241 Holbrook Ave
IL 60090

Five Ranks by Dongshan Liangjie.

Please join us for a special one-day retreat with Venerable Guo Xing, that will feature a lecture series and Q & A on the Five Ranks that have been attributed to Tang Dynasty Chan Master Dongshan Liangjie(807–869). This retreat will provide you with an opportunity to delve into the profound teachings of the Five Ranks often depicted as variations of the double Li Trigram from the I-Ching and to learn how they relate to the realization of Emptiness that is at the core of the Chan/Zen practice.

Whether you are new to Chan or a seasoned practitioner, this retreat promises to enrich your spiritual journey and enhance your meditation practice.

Note: Because this special event is scheduled to take place within the week it would be very helpful for us to know in advance if you are interested in that topic and available even on a Thursday. If so, we would very much appreciate if you would fill out the following RSVP form so that we can count you in. Closer to the event (sometime in August), and once we decided that there’s sufficient interest, we will set up a registration form.  Thank you!

Reading Material:

(1) Master Sheng Yen, The Infinite Mirror: Commentaries on Two Chan Classics (Shambala 2006)

(2)  Tung-shan Liang-chieh: Founder of the Ts’ao-tung House, Ch. 10 in  “The Golden Age of Zen” by  John C. H. Wu

(3) Diagrams on p. in the Jewel Mirror Samadhi Study Guide by Korin Charlie Pokorny as well as this summary slide.

About Ven. Guo-Xing:

Venerable Guo-Xing, currently is the director of the Chan Department at DDM Taiwan. Ordained under Chan Master Sheng-Yen in 1986 he assisted the Master and lead more than 50 meditation retreats in Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Formerly serving 8 years as the abbot of the Chan Meditation Center and Dharma Drum Retreat Center in New York, Venerable Guo-Xing was among the twelve monastics who received Dharma transmission in 2005 from the late Chan Master Sheng-Yen.



Thu:  10 AM – 5 PM Retreat

If you have any questions please email Iris

Thank you!   

Participants are encouraged to send any questions ahead of time to: Iris Wang, email:

Registration: Please fill out the preliminary RSVP form that will help us assess the overall interest in this special event. Thank you! 


*Please note that DDMBA-Chicago will pay a processing fee per transaction (PayPal handling fee is: 2.2% +$0.30)




Check-in (please read carefully!)

Check-in on Thu 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.