Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston

Buddhist Zen Meditation Center

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Welcome to Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston
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NEW Zen Meditation Classes

Find wisdom, serenity, and true happiness through a calm and peaceful mind.

FREE. Register Now - Registration Form Download 

Spring 2016 Level I Zen meditation classes will start on Jan 13 (Wed) at 7:30pm-9:30pm and Jan 16 (Sat) at 10am-noon.


Our Zen meditation classes are 12-week long and open to the public. All classes are free, but your generous donations are welcome. All participants should be in good psychological and physical health. Please wear loose and modest attire or meditation clothing (available at the Zen Center) and socks during the classes. We open from 9:00am to 9:00pm daily. Feel free to call or come by for registration and inquiries. Registration will close on the fourth week of class.

Please download the registration form and type them out on the computer. You can send it back to us through email or print it out and hand it back to us in person. Please indicate which Level 1 class (Wed or Sat) you would like to attend. For details, please see Meditation Classes Description

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December Meditation Workshop

Settle. Purify. Enlighten the Mind.

December 20, 2015 (Sunday) 10:00am - 11:00am

Join us for an one-time, one-hour meditation workshop on Sunday (12/20) from 10am - 11am. It is open to all beginners and free of charge. No prior registration required. Learn the simple technique of meditation and boost your mental health. For further inquiries, please call us at 281-568-1568 or come by our Zen Center any day during business hours.

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Upcoming Events

(Please check the Event Calendar under the Main Menu for the latest update)


Sunday Meditation Workshop  10:00 am ─ 11:00 am

Date : 12/201/312/283/205/22


Sunday Half-Day Meditation Retreat*  9:00 am ─ 12:00 pm

 Date : 12/131/102/213/134/35/16/5

* Meditation attires and socks required; participants must complete all three sessions.


Nov. 22Sun

Eighty Eight Buddha Repentance Ceremony

9:30 am ─ 3:00 pm

Dec. 26Sat

to Jan. 2Sat

Seven-Day Zen Meditation Retreats

Zen Center students only; pre-registration required

Jan. 11 (Mon)

Spring Semester Meditation Classes Begin

Please refer to Class Schedule for details

Jan. 17Sun

Eighty Eight Buddha Repentance Ceremony

9:30 am ─ 3:00 pm

Feb. 14Sun

Lunar New Year Guan Yin Blessing Ceremony

10:00 am ─ 3:00 pm

Mar. 27Sun

Ancestral Memorial (Qing Ming) Ceremony (at Texas Pagoda Chan Monastery) 

9:30 am ─ 4:30 pm

Apr. 3 (Sun)

Three Refuges Ceremony

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Apr. 17Sun

Compassionate Samadhi Water

Repentance Ceremony

9:30 am ─ 5:00 pm

May 2 (Mon)

Summer Semester Meditation Classes Begin

Please refer to Class Schedule for details

May 8Sun

Mother’s Day Service

10:00 am ─ 12:00 pm

May 15Sun

Buddha’s Birthday Celebration Ceremony

10:00 am ─ 3:30 pm

June 26 (Sun)

Medicine Buddha Blessing Ceremony

10:00 am ─ 3:00 pm

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Lamp Offering 2016

Lighting the Unperished Lamp of Luminance

As an Offering to the Buddhas of the Ten Directions

This Removes Misfortune and Increases Our Merits and Wisdom

Thus Preserving the Perpetual Flow of Our Merits and Life

Lamp of prosperity

The lamps will be offered at the Grand Illuminating Hall of the Center

The sutra says that offering a lamp of light to the Buddha has boundless virtue. We will have magnificent appearances in future lifetimes and always have a joyous mind. We will be free from illness and live long, have great wisdom, and attain nirvana.

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10th Anniversary Special Buddhist Exhibit (pdf files)

Chung Tai Lineage
Chung Tai World

Chinese Buddhism History
Zen Patriarch