Summer 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 :  5/04 ~ 07/27/2016


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


No Prerequisites




 Date :  5/02 ~ 07/25/2016


 Day/time:  Mondays,  7:30 - 9:30 p.m


Prerequisites:Level I Required


Date: 5/07 ~ 07/30/2016
Day/time:  Saturdays,  10:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Prerequisites: Level I & Level II Required


SUTRA STUDY A : The Diamond Sutra (金剛經) 


 Date :5/05 ~ 07/28/2016


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


 Prerequisites : Level 1 & II & III Required 

SUTRA STUDY B :The Essence of Mahayana Practice  (達摩二入四行) 


  Date: 5/07 ~ 07/30/2016

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


 6-14 Years & Parents

 Date : 5/14 ~ 07/30/2016


 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  :  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.

Sutra Study B:

Additional meditation methods.
Topics: selected Buddhist scriptures.

Sutra Study : The Essence of Mahayana Practice Description: We study this terse yet rich and profound text by Bodhidharma (c. 5th/6th century) , also known as "The Two Entrances and Four Practices". The “Two Entrances” are entering the Mahayana path by Principle and by Practice, whereas the “Four Practices” are the practices of accepting adversity, adapting to conditions, seeking nothing, and acting in accordance with the Dharma. In mere 700 words, “The Two Entrances and Four Practices” outlines the essentials of Buddhist teaching from both the "sudden enlightenment" and "gradual cultivation" perspectives.


"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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