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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2014 Fall Zen Meditation Classes

Classes starts on September 3. Register here. 

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

Our Zen meditation classes are 12-week long and open to the public. All classes and events are free .Your generous donations are welcome. Please come back to our website for the latest information.



Time & Date



Beginning Meditation

(A)  Wed  7:30 - 9:30pm

Sept. 3 - Nov. 19

No experience required

(B)  Sat  10:00am - noon

Sept. 6 - Nov.22

No experience required

Children Meditation

      Sat 10:00am - noon

Sept. 6 - Nov.22

Age 4-12 & parents

Intermediate Meditation I

(A)  Mon  7:30 - 9:30pm

Sept. 8 - Nov.24

Beginning class required

(B)  Sat  1:30 - 3:30pm

Sept. 6 - Nov.22

Beginning class required

Sutra Study

      Thu  7:30 - 9:30pm

Sept. 4 - Nov.20

Intermediate class required

English Sunday Services & Meditation

3rd Sunday of each month

      10:00am - noon

Ongoing. Check our website for latest schedule.

Open to everyone

Half-Day Meditation Retreat

2nd & 4th Sunday of each month

      9:00am - noon

Ongoing. Check our website for latest schedule.

Prior meditation experience recommended

The Zen Center is open from 9:00am to 9:00pm daily. Feel free to call or come by for registration and inquiries. 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.

    Register Now - Registration Form Download

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.

For details, please see Meditation Classes Description

For upcoming events, please see Events & Activities

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Dharma Lecture | Three Refuges and Five Precepts Ceremony

by Venerable Master Jian Deng

Abbot of Chung Tai Chan Monastery

September 25, 2014 (Thursday)



To bring the compassion and wisdom of the Buddha to the west, Venerable Master Jian Deng, Abbot of Chung Tai Chan Monastery, will grace us with a visit from Taiwan in September of 2014. Master Jian Deng will give a Dharma Lecture and preside over the Transmission of Three Refuges and Five Precepts ceremonies at the Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. Please join us on this joyous occasion to receive the sweet dew of the Dharma.

All ceremonies will be bilingual. Dharma talks will be in Chinese with English translation.

6:30pm      Three Refuges and Five Precepts Ceremony

7:30pm      Dharma Talk by Venerable Jian Deng

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Upcoming Events

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

 Event Calender May -Dec 2014

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Lamp Offering

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