Rebecca Li

Rebecca Li

Rebecca Li, PhD. is a Dharma heir in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen and the founder and guiding teacher of Chan Dharma Community. She teaches meditation and Dharma classes, gives public lectures, and leads retreats in North America and Europe. Her talks and writings can be found at  She is a sociology professor and lives with her husband in New Jersey. She is the author of Allow Joy into Our Hearts: Chan Practice in Uncertain Times, and her new book is Illumination: A Guide to the Buddhist Method of No-Method (Shambhala Publications, October 2023).

Recent Articles

Silent Illumination: The Method of No-Method

The practice is to be fully here, with this body and mind, in this space. Rebecca Li on silent illumination.

Read an excerpt from Illumination: A Guide to the Buddhist Method of No-Method

An excerpt from Illumination: A Guide to the Buddhist Method of No-Method by Rebecca Li — as reviewed in the Winter 2023 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Guide.

The Eightfold Path: Right Action

Actions can be helpful in one situation yet harmful in another. Rebecca Li says awareness is needed to identify right action.

La obra sagrada de Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros escribe para honrar a sus ancestros; porque cuando ésa es su motivación, su ego se hace a un lado. Angélica Paljor hace una reseña de la celebrada autora de The House on Mango Street.  

The Sacred Work of Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros writes to honor her ancestors, because when that’s her motivation, ego gets out of the way. Angélica Paljor profiles the celebrated author of The House on Mango Street.

Living Fully Is to See Each Moment as Brand New

As our world consistently changes, Rebecca Li explains how we can feel true freedom when we learn to live every moment as a new experience.

Ethical North Star: The Five Buddhist Precepts for Modern Times

In this complex and interconnected world, living ethically has never been more challenging—or more important. Jan Willis, Rebecca Li, Trudy Goodman, Thanissaro Bhikku, and Sister True Dedication share the five Buddhist precepts for modern times.