In Buddhism we say, “Vexation is Bodhi (enlightenment).” This means that when we encounter afflictions (distressful circumstances), we must use wisdom to perceive and understand them clearly, turning the afflictive outlook into joy, freedom, and tranquility. “Vexation” and “joy” are, in reality, within one single thought.

佛法上說「煩惱即菩提」,是指面對一件「苦惱」的事,透過智慧清楚的認識與觀察,將「苦惱」的觀念轉成快樂、自在與安詳,「煩惱」與「快樂」其實只在一念之間。

 

-- Grand Master WeiChueh

Special Announcements

New Series of Classes (34th session) Starting January 12, 2015

 

 

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

>> Spring 2015 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.

>> 34th Session of Zen Buddhism Classes   
>> Dharma Events Calendar from January to May 2015

>> Google Calendar- Zen Center Classes & Events  

 
Zen Wisdom in Daily Living Workshop

Zen Wisdom in Daily Living WorkshopHow do we face political, economic, and social pressures and uncertainties in life? In this two-part series, learn from the wisdom of the Buddha to bring awareness to daily life, have a more reflective attitude, and live a more harmonious and meaningful life.  For more details of the workshop, please click here .

Register early as space is limited.  To register for the workshop, please click here .
 
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, 2015 until Dec. 31, 2015) 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 50 minutes. Date/Time: 9AM-12:40PM (Sunday) : 1/4‧11‧18;2/1‧8‧15;3/1‧8‧15‧22 4/5‧12;5/3‧10‧17 ‧31/ 2015

 
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
Website : http://sunnyvale.ctzen.org
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The Zen Center is open everyday, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
All are welcome to visit.

>>Directions of Sunnyvale Zen Center via Google Maps
>>Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Taiwan
>>Overseas Branches of Chung Tai

 

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