Fall 2019 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  1, 2 & 3 Classes & Sutra Study 1 & 2 Classes


English Meditation & Zen Buddhism Classes at Zen Center  








Date: 09/09 ~ 12/02/2019


Day/time: Mondays,  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


No Prerequisites

ZEN BUDDHISM CLASSLEVEL 1                   

Date: 09/05 ~ 12/05/2019
Day/time: Thursdays,  10:00 am - 12:00 noon

No Prerequisites






 Date: 09/07 ~ 12/07/2019


 Day/time:  Saturdays10:00 am - 12:00 noon


 Prerequisites: Level 1 Required

ZEN BUDDHISM CLASSLEVEL 3  : The Sutra on Impermanence 2 (無常經 2)                

Date: 09/11 ~ 12/04/2019
Day/time: Wednesdays,  10:00 am - 12:00 noon                                        

Prerequisites: Level 1 & 2 Required  ………………………………………………………………………………………….………………………


 SUTRA STUDY 2 (S2) : The Platform Sutra (六祖壇經)


 Date: 09/07 ~ 12/7/2019


 Day/time: Saturdays, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


 Prerequisites : Level 1 & 2 Required 



SUTRA STUDY 2 (S2) : The Lotus Sutra (妙法蓮華經)


 Date: 09/05 ~ 12/5/2019

  Day/time: Thursdays,  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm   

 Prerequisites : Level 1 ~ 3 Required



A.W.E.S.O.M.E. For Children & Youth

  6-14 Years old & Parents

 Date: 09/14 ~ 12/07/2019


 Day/time: Saturdays, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

 Due to an unexpected change, the AWESOME Children & Youth meditation class will start from 9/14. 




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 1  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 2  Class:

Meditation  methods include review of Level 1 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 3 Zen Way of Life:

Meditation methods include deepening of practice of Level 1 & Level 2 methods and introducing new Zen practices.

Lecture and discussion using concepts learned from Level 1 & Level 2 classes. The focus is on how to better apply them to make a positive change in our daily lives.

Sutra Study Classes:

Level 3 :  The Sutra on Impermanence (無常經) : vividly describes the impermanent nature of life, reveals the true source of liberation and the Way to rise from foolish delusion to enlightenment.

"Virtuous deeds give rise to good destinies,

And bad karma plunges one into hell.

There is no vision clearer than wisdom,

And nothing darker than ignorance."


Sutra Study 2:

Additional meditation methods.
Topics: selected Buddhist scriptures.

SUTRA STUDY :  The Platform Sutra (六祖壇經) : The knowledge and vision of the Buddha is just your own mind; there is no other Buddha. Such is the teaching of Master Huineng (638-713), the most important and most revered figure in the Chan (Zen) School of East Asian Buddhism.

SUTRA STUDY :  The Lotus Sutra (妙法蓮華經) : This Sutra is one of the essential and influential Mahayana sutras. This Sutra is known for its use of parables to illustrate concepts in Buddhism and its teaching on “One vehicle, many skillful means”, “all sentient beings have the potential to become a Buddha” , among others.  This Sutra has not been widely taught in English and this is the first time it is offered at the Zen Center.


"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.

>> Dharma Events Calendar from Sep to Dec 2019      

>> 48th Session of Zen Buddhism Classes   


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

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