|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
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
Center of Sunnyvale.