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 Summer Zen Meditation Classes

Classes start April 28. Register now.

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. NEW: In the summer semester, we will offer a brand new intermediate class (intermediate 2, Mon. 7:30pm or Sat.1:30pm). One may join intermediate 1 & 2 in two semesters before going onto the advanced meditation class.

Class/Event  Time & Date  Period  Note
Beginning Meditation (A) Wed 7:30 – 9:30pm April 30 – July 16 No experience required
Beginning Meditation (B) Sat 10:00 am – noon May 3 – July 19 No experience required
Children Meditation    Sat 10:00 am – noon May 3 – June 28 Age 4-12 & parents
Intermediate Meditation II (A)  Mon 7:30 – 9:30 pm  April 28 – July 14  Beginning class completion required 
Intermediate Meditation II (B) Sat 1:30 – 3:30 pm  May 3 – July 19                      Beginning class completion required
Sutra Study (Advanced) Thu 7:30 – 9:30 pm May 1 – July 17 Intermediate class 
completion required
English Sunday Services & Meditation 3rd Sunday of each month 10:00 am – noon Ongoing. Check our website for latest schedule. Open to everyone.
Half-Day Meditation 
2nd & 4th Sunday of each month 9:00am – 12:00 pm Ongoing. Check our calender for latest schedule. Open to everyone; 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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3041st Buddha's Birthday Bathing Ceremony

 May 4, 2014 (Sunday)  9:30am - 3:30pm

Buddha Bathing

Three thousand years ago, the Buddha was born to this world with the mission to salvage the sentient beings. When the Buddha was born, he revealed the eight stages to achieve supreme enlightenment, and used the water of Dharma to benefit the sentient beings, relieving them from afflictions and helping them to return to their original nature. According to the Sutra, “bathing the image of the Buddha is as if Buddha is still alive in the world, and it will bring immeasurable blessing to sentient beings.”

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Upcoming Events

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

April 28 (Mon)

Summer Zen Buddhism & Meditation Classes Begin

For more information click here

May   4(Sun)

Buddha’s Birthday Celebration Ceremony

9:30 am ─ 3:30 pm

May  11(Sun)

Mother’s Day Service

10:00 am ─ 12:00 pm

May  13 (Tue)

Reciting Medicine Buddha Sutra Services Begin

Wed. to Mon. 4:00pm

Tue. 7:00 pm

June   1 (Sun)

Medicine Buddha Blessing Ceremony

9:30 am ─ 3:00 pm

July   6(Sun)

The Compassionate Medicine Buddha Repentance Ceremony

9:30 am ─ 4:30 pm

July  20(Sun)

Three Refuges Transmission Ceremony

1:30 ─ 2:00 pm

July  30(Wed)

to Aug.14(Thu)

Pilgrimage to Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Taiwan

Zen Centers members only

Aug.  24(Sun)

Concluding Medicine Buddha Blessing Ceremony

9:30 am ─ 3:00 pm


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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