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Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston's Zen meditation classes are 12-week long and open to the public. All classes and events are free .Your generous donations are welcome. Each class meets for two hours, consisting of meditation practice in the first hour and a lecture on Zen Buddhist teachings in the second hour. No prior meditation experience needed. Meditation methods: Breath-counting and mindfulness of breathing Topics covered: Introduction to Buddhism and Zen, Chung Tai Chan practices, karma and causality, the Four Noble Truths (suffering, the causes of suffering, nirvana, the Noble Eightfold Path), and Three Refuges.
The semester of meditation classes usually start in January (Spring), late April/early May (Summer), and September (Fall). Please check our website http://www.cthouston.org for details and latest information. For inquiries, you are welcome to visit us at 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77072 or call us at 281-568-1568 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.
Zen Meditation Classes
The Zen Center offers continuing series of weekly classes of different levels, starting every four months. Classes are conducted in English. Anyone interested can register, progressing from the beginning Zen meditation methods and fundamental principles to advanced sutra studies. Each class meets for two hours, consisting of meditation practice in the first hour and a lecture on Zen Buddhist teachings in the second hour.
English Level I (Beginning) Meditation Class
No prior meditation experience needed.
Meditation methods: Breath-counting and mindfulness of breathing
Topics covered: Introduction to Buddhism and Zen, Chung Tai Chan practices, karma and causality, the Four Noble Truths (suffering, the causes of suffering, nirvana, the Noble Eightfold Path), and Three Refuges.
English Level II (Intermediate) Meditation Class
Experience in Level I Class required.
Meditation methods: Middle way reality contemplation and compassion contemplation.
Topics covered : Five Precepts, Buddhist Cosmology, Vegetarianism in Buddhism, The bodhisattva ideal - the six paramitas: perfection of charity, morality, tolerance, diligence, meditation, and prajna wisdom.
English Level III Meditation Class
Experience in Level I and Level II Classes required.
Meditation methods : Continuation of previous methods.
Sutra: The Diamond of Perfect Wisdom Sutra
Ever since the early years of its Chinese translation by Kumarajiva, the Diamond Sutra has been one of themost influential scriptures in East Asian Buddhism for more than one thousand seven hundred years. The sixth Zen Patriarch HuiNeng achieved great enlightenment through the teachings in Diamond Sutra. Through a series of profound exchanges between Shakyamuni Buddha and Sariputra, the Sutra teaches, among other subjects, the essence of emptiness and prajna wisdom. It also illustrates the idea of non-attachment in Bodhisattva
practices. A truly inspirational text, the Diamond Sutra remains one of the sutras that must be studied by all Buddhists and alike.
Children Meditation Class
For children ages 4-12. Parents are encouraged to join. No prior meditation experience needed.
This class is designed for children ages 4-12 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, field trips, and more. Students learn to sharpen their awareness and concentration and to appreciate the gifts of this world.
Open to everyone, especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation.
Open to everyone; prior meditation experience recommended
There will be three sessions of sitting and walking meditation. Silence is observed.
Blessing & Dedication Ceremony
Chanting sutras, meditation, and Dharma talk. All are welcome to attend.