Pear Blossom Song   梨花偶成

Realization of the Truth of Emptiness  悟真空理 (二)

Pear tree blossoms paint the pear tree white
Blossoms fill the garden white as snow
Snowflake petals fall to the ground
Now the garden is green once more.
The myriad things in nature all will cease,
Only true emptiness will not perish.


-- Grand Master WeiChueh

Special Announcements

New Series of Classes (32th session) Starting April 28, 2014



>> Register online or Manage your account    for Level  I & II & III Classes & Sutra Study Class

>> Summer 2014 Classes Schedule & the Description of Classes 

The Zen Center offers continuing series of weekly classes of different levels, starting every four months. Classes are conducted in both English and Chinese. Anyone interested can enroll, progressing from the beginning Zen meditation methods and fundamental principles to advanced sutra studies.

Each class meets for about two hours, consisting of meditation practice in the first hour and a lecture on Buddhist teachings in the second hour.

>> Dharma Events Calendar from April to August 2014

>>32th Session of Zen Buddhism Classes   >> Google Calendar- Zen Center Classes & Events  

Walking Meditation ~ A Zen Celebration of the Spring - April 20 (Sunday) 10AM-3PM
Registration Information:
1. If you are a volunteer, please register with your group leader.
2. If you are taking a class, please register with your lead TA.
3. Registration deadline: Sunday, 4/13/2014 at 6 pm,

Please bring your own water bottle. On the day of the picnic, the Zen Center will provide a simple vegetarian lunch and drinking water.(If you have any food allergies, please bring your own lunch.)
The parking fee for each car in Sanborn Park is $6. Please arrange your own ride to Sanborn Park.
(16055 Sanborn Rd. Saratoga, CA 95070)

•10:00AM  Sign in and team assignment(at Sequoia Group Area in Sanborn County Park)
•12:00PM  Vegetarian Lunch
•12:15PM  Dharma Talk by the Abbot
•12:45PM  Ride the Ox Home / Free Time  >>flyer
Celebrate 10 Years of Zen Joy with a Yearlong Focused Practice of the "Three Links of Cultivation."

Dedicate the merits of these efforts to the successful completion and Inauguration of the New Zen Campus.

A series of Zen practices dedicated to the  completion of the new Zen Campus in our 10th anniversary year is now underway. Following the principles of the Three Links of Cultivation, the Zen Center encourages all to practice sutra recitation to internalize the Dharma, prostrations of repentance to build wholesome connections with all sentient beings, and sitting meditation to cultivate samadhi (deep concentration). These focused efforts that integrate understanding and practice help practitioners benefit themselves as well as others on the Bodhisattva path, and it is our sincere wish to dedicate the merits of these efforts to the successful completion of the Zen Campus and to lasting world peace.

All are encouraged to practice the Three Links of Cultivation and make a collective commitment to complete the following practices by October 19, 2014.
The Cultivation of Dharma – Collectively recite the Diamond Sutra and/or the Medicine Buddha Sutra 10,000 times.
The Cultivation of Merits – Collectively make prostrations to the Buddhas 1,000,000 times.
The Cultivation of Meditation – Collectively meditate 10,000 sessions.

Goals: "A model of the Zen Campus motif representing the Three Links of Cultivation will be created to reflect the meritorious and cumulative efforts of everyone’s practice in building the Zen Campus."

* To record your cultivation efforts and to take part in building the Zen Campus motif, please obtain a "Zen Campus Dedication Card" from the reception desk at the Zen Center.

Zen Joy through the Art of Writing and Illustration ~ Open to Entries Now
Inspire others on the cultivation path towards enlightenment by writing an essay (up to 500 words), composing a poem, drawing an illustration or painting a work of art about an insight or a special memorable moment at the Zen Center. Submit your entry by 5/31/2014. A selection of the entries will be exhibited during the Anniversary Celebrations in September.

Express your Gratitude at Thanksgiving Performance ~ Open to Proposals Now
Would you like an opportunity to share your performing talents with your Dharma family during our Center’s Thanksgiving Celebration? You can, singly or as a group, sing, recite a poem, play an instrument or stage a skit based on a theme of Gratitude. Submit a proposal by 5/31/2014 for an audition. The Shifus will select the finalists for performance at our Thanksgiving Celebration.

Starting from January 1st, 2014 , Please Bring Your Own Bowls & Utensils at Meals

For being environmentally friendly, starting from January 1st, 2014, we will no longer provide bowls and utensils at meals. Please bring your own bowls and utensils, and bring them back home for cleaning and storage.

    Five Contemplations Before A Meal 

    This offering is the fruit of many's work and care;
    Reflecting on my conduct, "Am I worthy of a share?"
    Be wary of the poisons, the foremost being greed;
    Seeing food as medicine, I take only what I need,
    Solely for cultivation, to realize the Buddha Way.
    With gratitude I accept this offering today.

Making a Lamp Offering-Lighting the Lamp Signifies Enlightenment & Wisdom

Offering the lamp to the Buddha not only honors the Buddha, but also helps us to awaken our luminous Buddha nature. With the Buddha’s wisdom and merits lighting our way on the Path, may we realize the Bodhisattva’s spirit within ourselves and illumine all those around us.

According to the Buddhist scriptures, one can obtain many benefits by making a Buddha lamp offering: good health / clarity of vision / purity of mind / freedom from fear and worries /  patience and gentleness /  attainment of wisdom / extinction of ignorance / receiving the light of the Buddha

We may also dedicate the merits towards harmony in the  home, peace in the world, and enlightenment to all. You can make a Lamp Offering in your name (or a name of your choice) for a period of one year (from Jan.1, 2014 until Dec. 31, 2014) by donating $100. This is a great opportunity for us to clear away karmic obstacles, support the precious teaching of the Dharma, and honor the Buddha. Let us all participate in this illuminating and worthy endeavor.>>For more information about making offerings

ZEN MEDITATION RETREATS - Sunday Morning Retreat

Zen is a state of mind, a mind of calmness, stability, and clarity. Meditation helps us to focus, calm down, become aware, and begin to see things as they are.

To achieve the Zen state of mind, proper meditation practice is very important. Meditation helps us to focus, calm down, become aware, and begin to see things as they are. A properly trained mind is one ready for Awakening. This is perfect for people who have practiced some meditation and want to advance their practice. All participants are requested to observe silence during the day.  Prior experience in meditation or in our Zen classes is recommended but not required. Free and open to the public. Regular attendance at these Half-day retreats will help build a solid foundation and  prepare one for advanced level of meditation retreats.

* Sunday Morning Zen Retreat - 4 sitting/walking sessions during the day. Each session is around 40 minutes. Date/Time: 9AM-12:40PM (Sunday) :4/6‧27;5/11‧18‧25;6/1‧15‧22‧29;7/6‧13‧27;8/3‧10‧17‧31 / 2014

Latest Updates

* From Bodhi Mind to Ultimate Enlightenment & Gradual Cultivation and Sudden Enlightenment  Abide in the Mahayana Mind - by Grand Master WeiChueh

* Chung Tai Koans :Teaching Stories of Grand Master WeiChueh

* Preservation and Adaptation: Challenges of American Buddhism & the Chinese Buddhism Experience - by Ven. JianHu

* Online Dharma : Precious Light of Chung Tai



Go Vegetarian One Day A Week-Be kind to your body. Be kind to the animals. Be kind to our planet.

If everyone make a slight change in our diet, we can make a real difference to our world. Director of IPCC, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has stated that the meat and dairy industry contributes 18% of all the greenhouse gases that causes global warming. In comparison, all the air, land, and water traffic produces 13%. (IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007.)
We are encouraging people everywhere to pledge "Go Vegetarian 1 Day A Week". (more than 1 day is even better, of course). Show your support by pledging (joining) the Facebook group -sign up to join Go Vegetarian One Day A Week we created. If you're not on Facebook, please make your pledge by signing up at the Zen Center of Sunnyvale. Our goal: 100,000 people. This will effect a change of lifestyle for human beings.>> Read More
>> Vegetarian Recipes - by Buddha Gate Monastery 
>> Buddhism and Vegetarianism -by Grand Master Wei Chueh
>> Renewable Energy-Power for a Sustainable Future by Diana Ma, Ph.D., a VP of SunPower Corp. 

Contact Information

Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale 中台山太谷精舍
Address : 750 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA 
Phone : 1-408-733-0750
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The Zen Center is open everyday, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
All are welcome to visit.

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