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+)

Friday Night Dharma Talk and Meditation

Berkeley

Each Friday evening we have a Dharma talk and meditation led by Chan monk Da Xing Fashi. All levels are welcome; no experience is required. We typically start with a short service, followed by a Dharma talk, and then Chan (Zen) sitting meditation. There will be explanations of the important principles to practice, and at times we will read some sutras, or poems and writings by the Chan Patriarchs to understand the Zen teachings from different angles. 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!!

Tea Gathering for UC Berkeley Students @ Universal Chan Center | Berkeley, CA

Come and enjoy some premium, artisanal, and rare teas at Tea Gathering for UC Berkeley students from 2:30pm to 4:00pm! This event will be held at Universal Chan (address is 1436 University Ave. Berkeley. Two blocks away from North Berkeley BART). Relax and drink some tea and learn about the uniqueness and processing of each tea. Originating in China thousands of years ago, tea has become one of the most popular aromatic and healthy beverages in today’s world. It has been widely known that drinking tea is good for overall health, and tea can be used in medical treatments. However, beyond its physical benefits, tea can also bring invaluable cultural and spiritual value to our life. In China, tea is an indispensable drink to host gatherings of friends and other guests. It is a way to bring people together, socialize, promote relationships, bridge gaps, and forge bonds. There are numerous varieties of tea in China. Each tea has its distinctive taste and aroma which keeps subtly, and delicately, changing in the process of brewing. It requires some patience, mindfulness, and clear awareness to brew tea properly and to truly appreciate the beauty of tea. When the tea is prepared in a careful and mindful way by the host and deeply appreciated by the guest, a harmonized, tranquil, and purified atmosphere is naturally created. This process itself is a good way to harmonize our body and mind so as to calm ourselves down in this fast-paced world. We will incorporate a little bit of meditation and relaxation technique in the beginning to practice calming the mind first in order to be able to better appreciate and really enjoy the tea. The tea will be prepared in the traditional way of the gongfu tea ceremony. These Tea Sessions will take place throughout the Fall semester once every 2 weeks on Saturdays, and in each session we will taste and focus on a different varietal of tea. Grab your friends and roommates and let's have some tea!! 🍵🍵🍵 Please arrive 15 min early because we will start at 2:30pm sharp. Thanks!!

Monday Evenings Chan (Zen) Silent Sitting 6:30pm - 7:30pm | Berkeley, CA

Sitting in silence, all the entanglements dissolve, yet a huge bright moon constantly shines! Guided by our inherent wisdom we safely walk the path! Expanding our practice to our daily activities we are always serene and happy. How wonderful! Come join us! All levels are welcome; no prior meditation experience is required. 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

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