When the right conditions come together, the right thing is accomplished. This is the Buddhist teaching of Causality, or “Conditional Arising.”  In response to the overwhelming demand for the teaching of Zen Buddhism in the Silicon Valley area, and with the generous support of many disciples, the Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale opened its doors in April 2004 to all who are interested in Zen meditation and Buddhism.  It is the fourth U.S. branch of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Venerable Jian Hu, formerly the Abbot of Buddha Gate Monastery in Lafayette of Contra Costa County and the first overseas branch of Chung Tai, now heads the Zen Center of Sunnyvale as the new Abbot.

The American public is becoming increasingly interested in the ancient spiritual tradition of Zen Buddhism, known as “Chan” in Chinese, which flourished in China around 700 A.D.  Since then it has provided the spiritual nourishment for countless people.  Zen Buddhism teaches how to attain inner peace and uncover the inherent wisdom, or "Buddha nature," within each person. Becoming disillusioned with the emptiness of material gains, or ridden by stress and anxiety in the fast pace of modern living, many are turning to Buddhism, which takes the belief that "people suffer because of the greed, anger, and ignorance in all of us." By probing into our own minds and understanding the nature of our afflictions, we can attain true inner peace, regardless of what happens externally. Zen meditation is one effective way that helps us achieve this goal. As succinctly said by Ven. Jian Hu, "The key to enlightenment is by reflecting inward into our own minds and attaining unbiased perception of reality."

This new Zen Center in the South Bay is conveniently located at the intersection of highways 101 and 237 on 1031 North Fair Oaks Avenue in Sunnyvale.  Although situated in the center of town, the atmosphere is tranquil and calming, an ideal environment for all to discover the peace and joy of meditation and to study the age-old wisdom of Buddhism. Inside the aesthetically renovated one-story building, there are a warm and welcoming reception area, a serenely elegant Buddha Hall and Zen Hall, a resourceful library, and modest work space where the monks, supported by volunteers, devote full-time to spreading the teaching and practice of Zen Buddhism and meditation.

Please read on and find out more about the origin of the Zen Center of Sunnyvale.

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