Summer 2015 Classes Schedule



            What is the meaning of life?

Where can we find peace of mind and true happiness?

      How do we resolve conflicts and end suffering? 

          The Zen Center offers New series of weekly classes of different levels start every four months which are conducted both in English and in Chinese.  Anyone interested can enroll, progressing from the Beginning Zen meditation & fundamental principles to advanced Sutra studies.    

                                           Come and join us in the new Zen Buddhism classes !!


 >>  Register online   for Level  I & II & III Classes & Sutra Study Class


English Meditation & Zen Buddhism Classes at Zen Center  








Date : 5/6 ~ 7/29/2015


Day/time:  Wednesdays,  7:30 - 9:30 p.m.


No Prerequisites




 Date :  5/4 ~ 7/27/2015


 Day/time:  Mondays,  7:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Prerequisites:Level I Required

ZEN BUDDHISM CLASSLEVEL IIThe Sutra of 42 Chapters  (四十二章經)

Date: 5/9 ~ 8/1/2015
Day/time:  Saturdays,  4:30 - 6:30 p.m..
Prerequisites: Level I & Level II Required


SUTRA STUDY: The Diamond Sutra (金剛經) 


 Date :5/7 ~ 7/30/2015


 Day/time: Thursdays,  7:30 - 9:30 p.m.


 Prerequisites : Level 1 & II  Required 



  6-14 Years & Parents

  Date : 5/16 ~ 8/1/2015   
  Day/time: Saturdays, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.


 Junior & Senior High School students 

 Date : 5/15 ~ 7/31/2015


 Day/time:  Fridays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. 




Meditation & Zen Buddhism Classes

Each class meeting is for two hours, consisting of meditation practice (inc. instruction) in the first hour, and a lecture on Buddhist principles in the second hour.

Level I  Class:

Meditation methods: Breath-counting, mindfulness of the breath, middle way reality method (a Zen practice).
Topics covered: Introduction to Buddhism and Zen, karma and causality, the Four Noble Truths (suffering, the causes of suffering, nirvana, the Noble Eightfold Path), Three Refuges, and Five Precepts.

Level II  Class:

Meditation  methods : Continuation of Level I  methods and compassion contemplation.
Topics  covered : The bodhisattva ideal - the six paramitas:  perfection of charity, morality, tolerance, diligence, meditation, and prajna wisdom.

Level III Class:

Meditation methods: previous methods, compassion contemplation
Topic covered: The Sutra of 42 Chapters (四十二章經) was translated in the first Century C.E., this sutra is the very first Buddhist scripture in the Chinese language. In the sutra, there are aspects of Theravada and Mahayana teachings; expedient means and ultimate reality; gradual cultivation and sudden enlightenment. Spanning the full spectrum of the Buddhist path, the chapters are terse and the various teachings are practical.

Sutra Study Class:

Additional meditation methods.
Topics: selected Buddhist scriptures.

SUTRA STUDY  :  The Diamond of Perfect Wisdom Sutra (金剛般若波羅蜜經) has been one of the most influential Mahayana sutras since it was first translated into Chinese by Tripitaka Master Kumarajiva in the 5th century. Through a series of dialogues with  Elder Subhuti, the Buddha expounds on the essence of prajna wisdom that transcends forms, thoughts, and conceptions. In the Sutra, the Buddha repeatedly emphasizes that the successful assimilation of even a four-line extract of the teaching is of incalculable merit and can bring about enlightenment.

     “All conditioned phenomena                                               一切有為法
         Are like a dream, an illusion, a bubble, a shadow,     如夢幻泡影
         Like dew or a flash of lightning;                                      如露亦如電
         Thus we shall perceive them. ”                                       應作如是觀

Truly inspirational, the Diamond Sutra remains one of the most studied sutras by Buddhists and alike.

"Ancient Wisdom-Enhancing School of Mindfulness and Enlightenment" class is designed for children/ youth ages 6-14 to discover their inner wisdom and develop a positive outlook on life. The creatively designed curriculum includes meditation instructions, Dharma talks, Zen stories, movies, character-building activities, and more. Students learn to sharpen their awareness and concentration and to appreciate the gifts of this world.

Silicon Valley Dharma Youth Group

A program especially designed for junior and senior high school students. College students are welcome to serve as TAs. Participants meet every Friday evening to meditate, to learn the principles of Buddhism and how to apply Buddhist wisdom in school, at home, with parents, siblings and friends, etc. Small group discussions guided by Dharma Masters. Fun activities and social time are part of the program. Other organized activities further their understanding of Buddhism.

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Chinese Meditation Classes at Zen Center

>> Class schedule   View Chinese Event Calendar

  • All classes are free of charge and open to the public. We are supported by your generous donations.
  • Dress code: Wear loose and modest attire or meditation clothing, and socks in the Zen Hall. Meditation clothing (optional) may be obtained at the Zen Center. Non-slip ankle socks are also available. Please inquire at the reception desk.
  • Please no smoking, alcohol or pets on the premises.
  • Feel free to call for information or visit in person.
  • >> Register online   for Level  I & II & III Classes & Sutra Study Class


                •   The Description of Classes  >> 

                •   The Benefits of Meditation  >>

                •   What Is Zen ? >>

                •   What Does "Buddha" Mean ?  >>
























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