What we're about

Universal Chan is a non-profit Buddhist meditation group based on the 'Chinese Zen' / Sudden Approach tradition, founded by the Chan Monk Da Xing Fashi.

Offering donation based meditation, Dharma talks, retreats, yoga, tea tasting and more with emphasis on practice in daily life.

Dharma talk (English and Chinese languages) and meditation Tuesday and Friday 7-9 p.m.

1436 University Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702


About Us:

Universal Chan is an international Religious non profit organization derived from Chinese Chan* Sudden Approach Tradition , founded by the Chan Monk Da Xing. It operates mainly in Asia,Europe and USA, but we are open to be active in other countries as well.

Compared to China or other Asian countries where Buddhism is a prevalent religion, USA has only been exposed to Buddhism for less than a century. Many active Buddhist schools across USA are of Hinayana, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Chan, Japanese Zen, and doctrinal studies. All these traditions come from different countries and consequently reflect cultural influences and inflections specific to their place of origin. Although Chinese Chan Tradition is present, the sub-teaching of Chinese Chan Sudden Approach Tradition is not present. It is a great pity that the vast majority of westerners has not been exposed to Chinese Chan, and even fewer people are able to use Chan Buddhism to improve their lives.

This presents a great opportunity to provide all westerners with access to Chinese culture in its many aspects, and to Chinese Chan Buddhism. The goal of the organization and of its affiliations is to spread the Chan Sudden Approach Teaching so to deeply benefit those interested in learning Buddhism.

It’s also purpose of this organization to propagate Chinese culture in its many aspects, creating a wholesome bridge from China to the other countries, promoting and reinvigorating international relationships..

*Chan ( Japanese: Zen )

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