The Finger Pointing to the Moon : Two Day Chan Retreat with Venerable Guo-Xing & Taking the Refuge Ceremony.

October 6, 2023 @ 06:00 PM – October 8, 2023 @ 05:00 PM
DDM Chicago Chapter
241 Holbrook Ave
IL 60090

The Fingers Pointing to the Moon: From the Shurangama Sutra to Chan Practice & Taking the Refuge Ceremony.

This retreat will provide an introduction to the main tenets of the Shurangama sutra and also explain the implications for various Chan meditation methods, illuminating the aspects of subject and object as explained in the sutra.


Fri:  6 PM – 9 PM Retreat, Part I

Sat:  9 AM – 9 PM  Retreat, Part II (vegetarian lunch and light dinner will be served.)

Sun: 9 AM – 5 PM  Retreat, Part III (vegetarian lunch will be served.)

Sun: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM  Taking Refuge Ceremony.


On Sunday afternoonVenerable Guo Xing Fashi will hold a “Taking Refugee in the Three Jewels” ceremony.  If you would like to take refuge, receive a Dharma name and thereby formally become a Buddhist then please fill out this online registration form and email it to Iris Wang a few days before the retreat in order to grant Iris and the Venerable enough time to make the necessary arrangements.  Thank you!

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.

Registration  ==> *** Retreat is fully booked  *** 

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!   

*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 Fri begins at 5:30 p.m,  check-in on  Sat and Sun begins at 8:30 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.