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Learn the different methods of meditation such as breath counting, mindfulness of the breath, and middle way reality in free weekly meditation classes and half-day meditation retreats at Middleland Chan Monastery. Learn the basics of meditation and let your mind settle so that you may rediscover your heart's tranquility.

Dharma talks and lessons also help you learn how to incorporate Buddhism in your everyday life to help you resolve problems or confusion. Some of the topics covered in the classes include: the history of Zen Buddhism and the teachings of the Buddha such as “The Meaning of Zen,” “The Four Noble Truths,” “The Noble Eightfold Path,” “Six Paramitas/Perfections,” “Emptiness and the Middle Way,” and “The Principle of Causality.”

Classes are taught by Abbess Jian Gui and are completely free. We sincerely invite everyone to join our meditation classes, to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere here, and to find the meaning of life through meditation practice and Dharma education.

"The aim of meditation is to achieve stillness, purity, clarity and awakening of mind. When the mind has awakened, one is truly practicing the Way. " -- Grand Master Wei Chui

"To practice Buddhism is to learn from the Buddha, to emulate his purity of body, speech, and mind. When we have achieved the highest and most perfect standard in our cultivation, we will attain the Buddha’s compassion, wisdom, and samadhi power." -- Grand Master Wei Chui

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Parent-Child Meditation Class

Middleland Chan Monastery

The parent-child meditation class welcomes all children in 1st through 5th grades. The curriculum includes meditation practice, Dharma talks, Buddhist/Chan stories, mind-developing activities, group discussions, and fun crafts. Through the class, kids learn to discover their inner wisdom, develop their potential, and nurture a positive and moral outlook on life. Parental participation is recommended. No prerequisites or fees.

Beginning Chan/Zen Buddhist Meditation

Middleland Chan Monastery

Learn how to meditate and the fundamental concepts of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. Students are taught the different methods of meditation such as breath counting, mindfulness of the breath, and middle way reality. No prerequisites or fees. Classes start with an hour of sitting meditation and walking meditation. Still (sitting) meditation helps you learn the basics of meditation and learn to relax your body and mind, letting your mind settle and calm down so that you may rediscover your heart's tranquility. Moving (walking) meditation helps you slow down your mind and body's pace to experience and understand mindfulness in the present moment. Meditation is followed by a lecture on Buddha’s teachings by the Abbess Jian Gui, where you can slowly learn how to incorporate the teachings of Buddhism in your daily life and practice to disentangle and resolve your problems or confusion and create a happy and bright life. 7:00-8:00PM: Sitting and Walking Meditation 8:00-9:00PM: Dharma lecture All classes are FREE. Please wear comfortable, modest attire. Anti-skid socks are recommended. Optional meditation clothing may be obtained at the monastery.

Beginning Chan/Zen Buddhist Meditation

Middleland Chan Monastery

Learn how to meditate and the fundamental concepts of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. Students are taught the different methods of meditation such as breath counting, mindfulness of the breath, and middle way reality. No prerequisites or fees. Classes start with an hour of sitting meditation and walking meditation. Still (sitting) meditation helps you learn the basics of meditation and learn to relax your body and mind, letting your mind settle and calm down so that you may rediscover your heart's tranquility. Moving (walking) meditation helps you slow down your mind and body's pace to experience and understand mindfulness in the present moment. Meditation is followed by a lecture on Buddha’s teachings by the Abbess Jian Gui, where you can slowly learn how to incorporate the teachings of Buddhism in your daily life and practice to disentangle and resolve your problems or confusion and create a happy and bright life. 7:00-8:00PM: Sitting and Walking Meditation 8:00-9:00PM: Dharma lecture All classes are FREE. Please wear comfortable, modest attire. Anti-skid socks are recommended. Optional meditation clothing may be obtained at the monastery.

Parent-Child Meditation Class

Middleland Chan Monastery

The parent-child meditation class welcomes all children in 1st through 5th grades. The curriculum includes meditation practice, Dharma talks, Buddhist/Chan stories, mind-developing activities, group discussions, and fun crafts. Through the class, kids learn to discover their inner wisdom, develop their potential, and nurture a positive and moral outlook on life. Parental participation is recommended. No prerequisites or fees.

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