Fall 2016 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 :  09/10 ~ 12/03/2016


Day/time:  Saturdays,  10:00 - 12:30 p.m.


No Prerequisites




 Date :  09/07 ~ 11/30/2016


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


Prerequisites:Level I Required


Date: 09/12 ~ 12/05/2016
Day/time:  Mondays,  7:30 a.m - 9:30 p.m.
Prerequisites: Level I & Level II Required


SUTRA STUDY A : Treatise on the Perfection of Great Wisdom (大智度論) 


 Date :09/08 ~ 12/01/2016


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


 Prerequisites : Level 1 & II & III Required 

SUTRA STUDY B : Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings  (八大人覺經) 


  Date: 09/10 ~ 12/03/2016

  Day/time: Saturdays,  4:30 - 6:30 p.m.   
  Prerequisites : Level 1 & II & III Required 


 6-14 Years & Parents

 Date : 09/17 ~ 12/03/2016


 Day/time: Saturdays, 7:30 - 9:00 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 include Breath Counting, Mindfulness of the Breath, Loving-Kindness Meditation, & Middle Way Reality method.
Lecture topics include Introduction to Buddhism and Zen, Zen Mindfulness, Buddhist Karma, the Four Tenets of Chung Tai, & the Four Noble Truths.

Level II  Class:

Meditation  methods include review of Level I  methods, Compassion Contemplation, & the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
Lecture topics include Buddhist Daily Practices, Compassion, the Bodhisattva Way of Living, &  the Six Paramitas:  Perfection of Charity, Morality, Tolerance, Diligence, Meditation, and Prajna Wisdom.

Level III Class:

Meditation  methods include continuing practice of Level I & Level II methods & contemplation based on Zen poems.

Lecture topics include the Ten Dharma Realms, the Twelve Links of Dependent Arising, the Ideas of Self, No Self and Middle Way.

Sutra Study A:

Additional meditation methods.
Topics: selected Buddhist scriptures.

SUTRA STUDY :  Treatise on the Perfection of Great Wisdom (大智度論) : Nagarjuna‘s Treatise on the Perfection of Great Wisdom is a comprehensive commentary on the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra (Mahā-Prajñā-Pāramita Shastra, MPPS). The only existing complete translation of this masterpiece from original Sanskrit is the Chinese version translated by Kumārajīva in 405 CE. This Treatise expounds the fundamental and profound concepts of prajnā (wisdom) and śūnyatā (emptiness) and makes great use of stories and analogies to illustrate the deep meanings behind these concepts. The Treatise has long been venerated as a definitive work of Mahayana Buddhism and has enlightened many great Dharma Masters. Nargarjuna is often referred to as "the second Buddha". He is also credited as the founder of the Madhyamaka school.

Sutra Study B:

Additional meditation methods.
Topics: selected Buddhist scriptures.

SUTRA STUDY :  Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings (八大人覺經) : This sutra is one of the earliest Buddhist scriptures translated into Chinese, and remains one of the most important scriptures to this day. It tersely covers the important practices on the path to Buddhahood. If Buddha’s disciples recite these eight realizations, in thought after thought, they will eradicate countless sins, advance on the bodhi path, promptly attain enlightenment, be forever freed from birth and death, and always abide in joy.


"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.

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Chinese Meditation Classes at Zen Center

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  • 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

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