"Chan practice doesn't push things away from us in our life. When we are ready, when the lesson is part of us, not physical, not of mind, but of purification to clarity, then what we really need will be right in front of us. Every time."
"This Chan we practice is a living thing. Like all living things it is continuously changing, growing, evolving, adapting."
"Any teaching or sharing cannot be Chan. This is only expressed experience of someone else. Chan must always be your own experience, your own witness."
Irvine Chan Center: 4605 Barranca Parkway, Suite 203, Irvine, CA, 92604.
Beginner's sessions: Thursdays morning 10:00-11:30,
Group practice: Wednesdays night 7:30-9:00,
Chan Introduction sessions: Tuesdays morning 10:00-11:30,
Chan Proficiency sessions: Fridays night 7:30-9:00.
It's my pleasure to announce a joint fund raising plan between two 501c3 non-profit organizations, Heart Chan and The Foundation of International Buddhism Painting and Calligraphy Promotion, FIBPC.
FIBPC was founded by a philanthropist/calligrapher, Mr. Tao, Haixin. The mission of FIBPC is to collect Buddhism paintings and calligraphies from the top artists worldwide, and exhibit them to the public. After introducing our Shi-Fu, brother Miaoming, our Chan linage, and the plan of US Retreat Center to Mr. Tao, we came out a joint fund raising plan together. He is going to commit his coming 3 years to create over 1,000 pieces of Heart Sutra calligraphy, frame them, and donate to Heart Chan for fund raising. 60% of the fund raised through the Heart Sutra calligraphies will be used for building our US headquarter/retreat center; 40% will be donated to FIBPC. We hope once the headquarter/retreat center is completed, the artworks collected through FIBPC can be exhibited in our headquarter.
For those who donate over $8,000 to support this fund raising plan, we will give you a Heart Sutra calligraphy as a gift. It takes Mr. Tao at least 5 to 6 hours to complete each Heart Sutra calligraphy. One of his Heart Sutra calligraphy is shown in the following for your reference. Both Shi-Fu, and brother Miaoming approve this fund raising plan. Shi-fu said he will bless each Heart Sutra artwork, and brother Miaoming said: " I will very honored to offer my blessing to each piece created.. that artist and recipient may share in realizing the light through their connection."
If you would like to participate this Heart Sutra fund raising plan, please contact us. We will send you the catalog and the detailed info.
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If you would like to support building Heart Chan headquarter/retreat center, we accept any amount of donation. You may use the "donation" button on the right column or mail your check payable to Heart Chan to 2140 Monterey Ave, Santa Clara, CA, 95051. Each donation will be issued the tax deductible receipt. We truly appreciate your participation. The Retreat Center is for everyone.
Feel free to contact me if you have any question or suggestion.
Hands to palms
Time passes quickly, this is already the 28th year of my mission in promulgating the absolute and elemental dharma of the Order Of Chan. I recall the time when I practiced under Chan Master Jingzai, the eighty-fourth patriarch of the Order of Chan. After eight years of dedicated practice, upon blessed by all Bodhisattvas, my dharmakaya was unified with Buddha and witnessed the supreme truth. As predicted by Buddha, after one thousand years of authentic dharma and second thousand years of form-only dharma, now is the dark ages of Buddhism. Buddha and true dharma are both further away from our secular world. Without true authentic dharma to practice, today’s people either just chant or memorize sutras, or just worship the Buddha statues. These practices, though convenient, are unable to enlighten our spirit reaching Buddhahood. Modern day Buddhism is no longer able to purify our hearts, or attain wisdom. Nor can modern day Buddhism transform the current social phenomena, seeking money, power, fame, into spiritual liberation. Very few really know what true Buddhism teaches, or the purpose of our live, and what do we truly desire.