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

https://www.universalchan.org/

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 )

Upcoming events (5+)

Tea for Seniors | Every Tuesday 10 to 11:30am | Berkeley, CA

1436 University Ave

Tea for Seniors The Aroma of China in a Cup of Tea Relax, learn, experience, socialize, and enjoy: enter into the wondrous world of tea. Join us for our Tea Tasting series. Each class will cover different topics: Historical point of view, different tea varieties and tea growing regions, unique details about each tea, relationship between tea and Chan meditation and their benefits — all this combined with tasting exquisite teas. 10 to 11:30AM Location: 1436 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702 All our events are donation-based. Suggested donations starting from $10 To RSVP for this event, please click "Going" on Meetup. Dear Participants, We would like to let you know that all our activities are donation-based. Your voluntary contribution is crucial to help maintain the activities at our Chan Center. We strive to keep this priceless wisdom alive in order to benefit as many people as possible. We ask that you please make a donation before participating in any activity. We have a donation box at our Center which you may put your donation into when you first arrive, or you may send donations to [masked] via Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/send-money-online Donations to our Center are tax-deductible. Thank you so much! May you be happy and free! Universal Chan

Tuesday Night Dharma Talk and Meditation

1436 University Ave

Each Tuesday evening we have a Dharma talk and meditation led by Chan monk Da Xing Fashi. At Universal Chan we do a wide variety of activities ranging from those more commonly practiced in many Buddhist centers, such as sitting meditation, to lesser known methods such as exercise and bowing Chan. Come share in tea tasting with us as well! 7 p.m. 1436 University Ave Berkeley, CA, 94702 Dear Participants, We would like to let you know that all our activities are donation-based. Your voluntary contribution is crucial to help maintain the activities at our Chan Center. We strive to keep this priceless wisdom alive in order to benefit as many people as possible. We ask that you please make a donation before participating in any activity. We have a donation box at our Center which you may put your donation into when you first arrive, or you may send donations to [masked] via Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/send-money-online Donations to our Center are tax-deductible. Thank you so much! May you be happy and free! Universal Chan

Friday Night Dharma Talk and Meditation

Berkeley

Each Friday evening we have a Dharma talk and meditation led by Chan monk Da Xing Fashi. At Universal Chan we do a wide variety of activities ranging from those more commonly practiced in many Buddhist centers, such as sitting meditation, to less known methods such as exercise and bowing Chan. Come share in tea tasting with us as well! 7 p.m. 1436 University Ave Berkeley, CA, 94710 Dear Participants, We would like to let you know that all our activities are donation-based. Your voluntary contribution is crucial to help maintain the activities at our Chan Center. We strive to keep this priceless wisdom alive in order to benefit as many people as possible. We ask that you please make a donation before participating in any activity. We have a donation box at our Center which you may put your donation into when you first arrive, or you may send donations to [masked] via Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/send-money-online Donations to our Center are tax-deductible. Thank you so much! May you be happy and free! Universal Chan About Universal Chan: 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 country 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 subteaching 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.

Meditation with Tea: Rare, premium teas from mainland China and Taiwan

Tea The Aroma of Ancient China Come join us every Saturday morning for meditation along with tea as we sample many rare, exquisite, artisanal, and premium varieties from Taiwan and mainland China. We will start with 10-15 minutes of guided meditation practice and the relaxation technique. Then we will taste various teas. Some examples of the tea we have available are white tea, green tea, longjing dragonwell, black tea, yunnan gold, oolongs, roasted oolongs, Taiwan high mountain tea, tieguanyin, dong ding, wuyi rock tea, da hong pao, shui xian, rougui, tie luo han, Taiwan Oriental Beauty, shou puerhs, sheng puerhs, and aged puerhs. All our events are donation-based. Suggested donations starting from 10 dollars. See you there!!

Past events (80)

Friday Night Dharma Talk and Meditation

Berkeley

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