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
| ||ZEN BUDDHISM CLASS－LEVEL I |
Date : 4/28 ~ 7/21/2014
Day/time: Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
ZEN BUDDHISM CLASS－LEVEL II
Date : 4/30 ~ 7/23/2014
Day/time: Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Prerequisites:Level I Required
ZEN BUDDHISM CLASS－LEVEL III (The Essence of Mahayana Practice)
|Date: 5/3 ~ 7/26/2014|
|Day/time: Saturdays, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m..|
|Prerequisites: Level I & Level II Required|
SUTRA STUDY: The Vimalakirti Sutra (維摩詰經)
Date :5/1 ~ 7/24/2014
| Day/time: Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.|
| Prerequisites : Level 1 & II Required |
A.W.E.S.O.M.E. FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH
6-14 Years & Parents
| || Date : 5/10 ~ 7/26/2014 |
| || Day/time: Saturdays, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.|
DHARMA YOUTH OF SILICON VALLEY
| ||Junior & Senior High School students |
Date : 5/9 ~ 7/25/2014
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 (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 previous methods and compassion contemplation.
Topics covered: the bodhisattva ideal, the six paramitas: the perfection of charity, morality, tolerance, diligence, meditation, and prajna wisdom.
Level III Class:
Meditation methods: previous methods, compassion contemplation
Topic covered: The Essence of Mahayana Practice (達摩二入四行觀)
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.
Sutra Study Class:
Additional meditation methods.
Topics: selected Buddhist scriptures.
SUTRA STUDY : The Vimalakirti Sutra (維摩詰經)
Description: Ever since the early years of its Chinese translation by Kumarajiva, the Vimalakirti Sutra has been one of the most influential scriptures in East Asian Buddhism for more than a thousand years. Through a serious of profound, dramatic, and at times humorous dialogues between Vimalakirti and various disciples of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas, the Sutra teaches, among other subjects, the idea of "When the mind is pure, the land is also pure" and the meaning of nonduality. It also compares various expedient teachings in Buddhism and expounds that the Buddha Dharma is not separate from worldly life, which is particularly significant to practitioners of this modern time. A truly inspirational text, the Vimalakirti Sutra remains one of the sutras that must be studied by all Buddhists and alike.
"Ancient Wisdom-Enhancing School of Mindfulness and Enlightenment" classes are designed for children/youth ages 6-14 to discover their inner wisdom and develop 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. Parents can attend concurrent Q&A with Dharma Masters.
Silicon Valley Dharma Youth Group
A program especially designed for junior and senior high school students. Welcome college students to serve as TAs. Participants meet every Friday evenings to meditate, learn the principles of Buddhism and how to apply the wisdom in school, at home, with parents and siblings, among friends, etc. Small group discussion 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
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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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