What we're about

Chan Meditation in the Park is for everyone who are interested in learning or practicing Chan meditation. We welcome you to invite in the group which is very beneficial for any meditators. Our meetups are good for all ages, religions, cultures and it is also good for all levels from beginners to advanced meditators.

What is Chan

What is Chan MeditationChan (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".

Dharma Masters say

"Meditation is a journey through stillness that will restore your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. Along the way you will unfold your inherent wisdom, discover your inner sanctuary and develop a deep sense of peace. At the most basic level, the powerful techniques of Chan meditation will help you help you develop greater focus and concentration with an immediate and practical application to your life, enhancing your work and daily routines. As your concentration power grows with regular practice, you will become calm and centered. You will become healthier and function more effectively at whatever you put your mind to." From the Chan Handbook by Dharma Master YongHua

Meditation is not about feeling sense of peace or silence during the sit. Meditation is to learn how to deal with the pain and the suffering, all the false thoughts, and learn not be afflicted. - Dharma Master YongHua

“To truly recognize our faults and do not discuss the faults of others. Others’ fault are simply my own. That is great compassion.” - The Great Dharma Master Hsuan Hua

Freezing to death, we do not scheme. Starving to death, we do not beg. Dying of poverty, we ask for nothing. According with conditions, we do not change. Not changing, we accord with conditions. We adhere closely to these three great principles. We renounce our lives to do the Buddha's work. We mold our lives for the fundamental works. We rectify our lives as the Sangha's work. Encountering specific matters, we understand the principles. Understanding the principles, we apply them in specific matters. We carry on the single pulse of the patriarch's mind-transmission.- The Great Dharma Master Hsuan Hua

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Upcoming events (5+)

Wei Mountain Temple 9am Morning Chan Meditation & Dharma Talk by Master YongHua

9:00am-10:00am Option 1 Sitting Meditation in Main Buddha Hall with Master YongHua Option 2 Beginner's Class with Venerable XianXin (Beginner's room) 10:00am-11:00am Dharma Talk by Master YongHua. You can ask any questions. It's a good chance to resolve problems or questions about your meditation practice. 11:00am-Noon Pure Vegetarian Lunch (Free) If you can't come to the temple, you can watch Master YongHua's live stream on Youtube. 10am Saturday instructional talk about meditation: www.YouTube.com/masteryonghua/live

FoQi Buddha's Name Recitation Retreat with Daily Dharma Talk

Amitabha Recitation Week or FoQi is a one (1) week retreat that focuses on reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name and the Pure Land dharma.​ Sat, Nov 23, 2019 Winter FoQi Begins @1pm Sat, Nov 30, 2019 Winter FoQi Ends @11am Daily Dharma talk on Pure Land Buddhism 7pm-8pm YouTube Live DharmaTalk https://www.chanpureland.org/live-stream

Amitabha Buddha's Birthday Celebration Ceremony + Korean Vegetarian Feast

We would like to invite you to celebrate Amitabha Buddha's Birthday together at Wei Mountain Temple. In general, we know one of the Buddhas who is the most popular called "Shakyamuni". We know his life story how he was born as a prince and went out to meditate and became the enlightened one. There are actually so many other Buddhas in this universe. After Shakyamuni was enlightened, he taught his disciples to recite Amitabha Buddha's name. The great Master Hsuan Hua said "You should not disbelieve this because a long time ago, Amitabha signed an agreement with us which said, “after I realize Buddhahood, you can recite my name and do so as well.” Since we signed our names, if we recite, we are sure to become Buddhas." On November 24, we would like to invite everyone to celebrate Amitabha's birthday together. After that, Master YongHua will give a Dharma talk. You can ask questions and learn about Buddhism. There will be a vegetarian feast after the chanting and Dharma talk and we will prepare special Korean temple food dishes to share with you. This event is free and donation base. We would like to share what we have and celebrate this auspicious day with others.

FoQi Buddha's Name Recitation Retreat with Daily Dharma Talk

Amitabha Recitation Week or FoQi is a one (1) week retreat that focuses on reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name and the Pure Land dharma.​ Sat, Nov 23, 2019 Winter FoQi Begins @1pm Sat, Nov 30, 2019 Winter FoQi Ends @11am Daily Dharma talk on Pure Land Buddhism 7pm-8pm YouTube Live DharmaTalk https://www.chanpureland.org/live-stream 4:00-5:00AM Morning Ceremony 5:00-6:00AM Meditation 6:00-7:00AM Breakfast 7:00-8:00AM Self-Study 8:00-8:30AM Incense praise Amitabha Sutra Amitabha Praise 8:30-10:10AM Recite the Buddha’s name Circumambulate Sitting Recitation Silent Recitation 10:20-12:30PM Meal Offering / Lunch 12:30-1:00PM Bowing to Buddha 1:00-4:40PM Amitabha Sutra Amitabha Praise Recite the Buddha’s name 4:40-4:50PM Rebirth ceremony 5:00-6:00PM Dinner 6:00-7:00PM Evening ceremony 7:10-9:10PM Dharma talk 9:10-9:20PM Vow for rebirth Dedication of Merit and Virtue

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