DDMBA is a U.S. based non-profit organization committed to serving humanity by working to relieve human suffering – physical, emotional and spiritual. Its founder and spiritual leader is the renowned teacher of Chan Buddhism, Master Sheng Yen.

DDMBA's international activities include the organization of seminars and conferences that enhance understanding and respect between different cultures and religions. It also initiates programs for environmental protection, leadership training for young adults, and it provides charitable aid to those in need.

Chan practice uses basic techniques of concentration to calm and unify the mind.

Counting the breath and following the breath are the most common and basic methods of Chan meditation. These methods can be used anytime and anywhere, by beginners as well as experienced practitioners. Meditation is an effective technique to relieve our mind of scattered and discursive thoughts and emotional afflictions among others. As your concentration deepens, your mind becomes calm and stable, and you enter a state in which the sense of the body as a burden diminishes. Eventually you may experience body and mind becoming as one. At that time, you would feel peace and harmony within yourself. Chan practice helps you to become familiar with these methods so that you may be able to use it in daily life. You will then not be as easily disturbed and influenced by other people or the environment.