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Universal Chan

Be happy and free by joining us in meditation, Dharma talks, retreats, tea tastings, and daily life practice! Universal Chan International Zen Buddhist Center is a donation-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers Chinese Zen Sudden Approach teachings. Our Dharma talk and meditation classes are led by Chan monk Da Xing Fashi. At Universal Chan we do a wide variety of activities ranging from those more commonly practiced in many Buddhist centers, such as sitting meditation, to lesser known methods such as exercise and bowing Chan. Our Center also offers yoga, tai chi, and stretching classes. In addition, we provide retreats of different time lengths in California and abroad to beginners, advanced practitioners, and monastics.

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Derived from the Chinese Chan (Chinese ‘禪’, Japanese ‘Zen’) Sudden Approach Tradition and founded by Dharma Master Da Xing, Universal Chan International Zen Buddhist Center operates mainly in Asia, Europe, and the USA, but we are open to be active in other countries as well. Compared to China or other Asian countries where Buddhism is a prevalent religion, the USA has only been exposed to Buddhism for less than a century. Many active Buddhist schools across the USA are of Hinayana, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Chan, Japanese Zen, and doctrinal studies. All these traditions come from different countries and consequently reflect cultural influences and inflections specific to their place of origin. Although Chinese Chan Tradition is present, the subteaching of Chinese Chan Sudden Approach Tradition is not present. It is a great pity that the vast majority of westerners has not been exposed to Chinese Chan, and even fewer people are able to use Chan Buddhism to improve their lives.

This presents a great opportunity to provide all westerners with access to Chinese culture in its many aspects, and to Chinese Chan Buddhism. The goal of the organization and of its affiliations is to spread the Chan Sudden Approach Teaching to deeply benefit those interested in learning Buddhism.

It is also the purpose of this organization to propagate Chinese culture in its many aspects, creating a wholesome bridge from China to the other countries, promoting and reinvigorating international relationships.