Meditation & Zen Buddhism Classes
Each class meeting is for two hours, consisting of meditation practice (inc. instruction) in the first hour, and a lecture on Buddhist principles in the second hour.
A certificate will be awarded on full completion of each course
Level I: Mindfulness & Fundamentals
Prerequisite: No prerequisite. Beginners welcome!
One-Stick of Incense meditation experience is recommended.
The meditation portion of the class teaches breath-counting, mindfulness of the breath, and middle way reality. The lecture topics include the introduction to Buddhism and Chan(Zen), Karma and causality, the Four Noble Truths, Three Refuges and Five Precepts.
Level II：Compassion and Bodhisattva Practices
Prerequisites: Completion of Level 1 Meditation Class required.
The meditation portion builds on the previous methods and includes compassion contemplation. The lecture topics include the Ten Dharma Realms, Bodhisattva ideal, the six paramitas; the perfection of charity, morality, tolerance, diligence, meditation, and prajna wisdom.
Level III：Chan Meditation & Advanced Buddhist Contemplation and Practices
Prerequisites: Completion of Level 1 & Level 2 Classes required.
The meditation portion builds on the Level 1 & 2 methods and includes the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The lecture topics include the Ten Dharma Realms, Twelve Links of Interdependence, Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and will also studying important texts The Essence of Mahayana Practice and Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings.
Chan Meditation & Sutra Study Series
Prerequisites: Completion of Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Classes required.
The meditation portion includes previous and additional meditation methods. The topics are from selected Buddhist scriptures such as The Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters, and The Sutra on Impermanence, etc.