We are an association of Buddhist practitioners who cultivate in order to help others, not only to help ourselves. We meet every weekend to meditate, listen to Sutra lectures by Dharma Master YongHua, and enjoy vegetarian lunch. All our programs are offered free of charge and are open to all who would like to join at Lu Mountain Temple and Wei Mountain Temple in Rosemead.
We specialize in using the Chan (Chinese for Zen) training techniques in order to increase our concentration power (Samadhi), whether in sitting or walking meditation. As our concentration grows stronger, our minds become calmer, less stressed, and more focused, enabling us to not only be healthier, but also function more effectively at whatever we put our minds to.
Most of the Buddhist teachings that made it to the West have been trimmed down to suit Western culture. However, we believe that much were lost in this paring down, and we do our best to cultivate the full range of the Mahayana Dharma, as it was brought to the West from China by Great Master Xuan Hua in the 1960s.
We believe that through hard work, the proper methods of practice, and guidance from a wise adviser, everyone who cultivates should be able to make real progress. Master YongHua’s teachings are based on the traditional Buddhist Sutras and a careful understanding of cause and effect, and they provide us with practical methods to improve our lives and become better people.
Chan (called "zen" in Japanese) is the most advanced form of Mahayana Buddhist meditation. We follow the tradition of Wei Yang lineage, one of five Chinese Chan schools transmitted by Grand Dharma Master Hsuan Hua. We adapt Chinese Chan training methods to the Western culture and modern times and call it "American Chan".