Rebecca Li, PhD, is the founder and guiding teacher of Chan Dharma Community.  She began practicing in 1995 when she was in graduate school in California, and attended her first seven-day intensive retreat in New York with Chan Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC), in the following year. Since then she has attended numerous intensive Chan retreats. In 1999 after moving to New Jersey she began serving as Master Sheng Yen’s translator. In the same year, she began her training with the Master to become a Dharma and meditation instructor. Currently, she teaches meditation and Dharma classes and gives public lectures, lead Chan retreats at Dharma Drum centers in North America. She began training with Simon Child, one of Master Sheng Yen’s Dharma heirs, and co-leads intensive Chan retreats with him. Rebecca also leads Chan practice at universities and teaches on behalf of Dharma Drum in various practice communities in the tri-state area.  She served on the organizing committee of the 2015 Generation X Dharma Teachers Conference hosted by DDRC. She taught a month-long online retreat for Tricycle in October 2015, contributed a piece to the premier issue of the Lion’s Roar magazine in March 2016 and spoke at panels at the Harvard Divinity School conferences on Buddhism and Race in 2016 and 2017. On June 5, 2016, Rebecca received Dharma transmission from Simon Child (Dharma heir of Chan Master Sheng Yen), and became a second generation Dharma heir in the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chinese Chan.  Her Dharma name is Zhi-Deng Fa-Chuan (智燈法傳 Wisdom Lamp, Dharma Transmitting).  Rebecca served on the board of Dharma Drum Retreat Center from 2004 to 2017 and is a sociology professor at The College of New Jersey where she also serves as faculty director of the Alan Dawley Center for the Study of Social Justice.

To read more about Rebecca’s story, you can check out An Interview with Rebecca Li published in New Chan Forum in 2017.

To learn more about Rebecca’s Dharma lineage, please go to My Dharma Lineage.

To attend Rebecca’s teachings, please go to her Dharma teachings calendar.

To contact Rebecca, please email her at rebecca at rebeccali dot org.

To support Rebecca’s Dharma work, which includes expenses for registration and travels to Dharma teachers conferences, insurance, equipment, Dharma books and journal subscriptions, publication, transportation to Dharma teachings sites, monthly subscription fee for video conferencing service to offer online classes as well as website maintenance costs, you can do so through Paypal by clicking here or Venmo @Rebecca-Li-36.  Please indicate clearly you are donating to support Rebecca Li’s Dharma work.

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