Practices and Services

Regular Services

First time attendees should arrive 15 minutes early for an introduction to Temple etiquette

Sunday Morning 9:30 am Clergy and Student Chanting and Sutra Reading—-all are encouraged to attend. 10:00 am Full Sangha Service chanting, silent meditation, Dharma talk, social tea

*Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:05-12:45 pm chanting, silent meditation 5:30-6:30 pm silent seated and walking meditation

Third Saturday of each month September-April 8:00-11:00 am Morning of Mindfullness three sessions of chanting, seated and walking meditation, teaching

Full Moon Lojong Meditation Evening of the Full Moon Each Month September-April 5:30-7:00 pm Guided Lojong Meditation (Mind Training for Compassion)

What happens at Sunday service? We have attempted to follow the Buddha’s teachings on “expedient means” and have tailored our services to the American culture while remaining true to our Chinese and Korean roots. With very few exceptions all of our recitations are conducted in English. Here is a basic outline of our traditional Sunday service:

  1. We recite the Refuge Vows, chant or recite selected recitations including the Heart Sutra
  2. There is a Teaching delivered by our Guiding Teacher or Senior Student.
  3. We sit in silent meditation (zazen) for approximately 20 minutes
  4. There is a question and answer session based on the Teaching.
  5. We recite several gathas (verses)
  6. We have tea and socialize

What Should I Wear?

It is best to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes that are dark or muted colors so as not to be distracting. We also ask that you refrain from wearing perfumes and colognes out of respect for those who have allergies or sensitivities.

Do I have to sit on the floor?

No. We provide chairs and meditation benches for those who have limitations and cannot sit in traditional zen fashion. We will help you find the best way for you to sit with us in meditation.

Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend?

No. The core values of Buddhism and the spiritual practice of meditation are conducive to enhancing any other spiritual tradition and its practices. All faith traditions are invited to attend.

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Temple Schedule

Sunday
10:00am Sunday Service
Monday
6:30pm Buddhist-based Addiction Recovery
Tuesday & Thursday
12:00pm Drop-in Meditation
5:30pm Drop-in Meditation Except last Thurs of each month, which is a mantra chanting meditation
Wednesday
One Saturday each month
8:00am Morning of Mindfulness mini-retreat
Full Moon Each Month
5:30pm Lojong Meditation On night of full moon each month. Check newsletter or calendar for details.