Chan Meditation Workshops at North Vancouver 

North Vancouver Chan community will be hosting several meditation workshops in June. They will be taught by William Tsao, an accredited Chan teacher (certified by Late Chan Master Sheng-Yen).

  • Beginner's workshop (May 29, 2010; June 5, 2010; June 12, 2010 at 1:30pm to 4:30pm)
  • Silent Illumination workshop (June 19, 2010 at 1:30pm to 4:30pm)
  • HuaTuo workshop (June 26, 2010 at 1:30pm to 4:30pm)
  • All workshops will be held in Lynn Valley Public Library (1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver). The workshops are free, but donations are welcome.



    Chan (Zen) Meditation Workshop at Courtenay, BC 

    Great news! The Chan (Zen) workshops are being offered again at Courtenay, BC. The workshops are Silent Illumination method (on May 8, 2010 at 10am to 5pm) and Huatou method (on May 9, 2010 at 10am to 5pm), taught by William Tsao (an accredited Chan teacher). They are held at Courtenay Recereation Filberg Center in the Evergreen Lounge (Front Entrance), 411 Anderton Avenue.

    Both workshops are free and donations are appreciated. We welcome everyone, but please register with Adrian (at 250-898-8201) as the room size is limited to 20 people.

    Below is a brief description of each workshop to give you a sense of what they are about.

    Silent Illumination Method

    It is famous in the Caodong (Soto) lineage of the Chan (Zen) School. In the method one develops and maintains relaxation, clarity, and openness of mind - by identifying wandering thoughts, and letting them go. Eventually the mind settles, clears and it regains its natural clarity.

    Huatuo Method

    It has been used widely since the 12th century as it was made popular by the Linji (Rinzai) Sect of Chan School. Huatou, when translated literally, means 'the origin of words' or that which comes before words and language. This refers to the state of mind before any words or conceptualization has arisen.




    2011 Spring Meditation Class 


    Beginner's Meditation Class
    Time: Four consecutive Saturdays beginning April 2nd (4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23) from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Place: White Rock Community Centre
    15154 Russell Avenue, Surrey, B.C.
    Fee: $16 for 4 classes (charged by Community Center for administration fee).


    Free Chan(Zen) Meditation Workshop in Alert Bay
    Date: May 7 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    May 8 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Place: Alert Bay, BC (Location to be announced)
    Fee: Free of charge (donations are appreciated)
    Contact: Marty at 250-974-5672 for more information.

    What will you learn from the workshop:

    The Chan (Zen) workshop is an introduction to Chan (Zen) meditation practice taught by William Tsao (an accredited Chan teacher) who was trained by Chan Master Sheng Yen.
    Both workshops are free, and donations are appreciated. We welcome everyone, but please register with Marty in advance as the room size will be limited to 20 people. The location of the workshop has yet to be announced.

    Following an introduction to meditation, two different meditation styles or methods will be discussed and taught.

    Silent Illumination Method (May 7, 2011 at 10am to 5pm)

    This method is well-known in the Caodong or Soto school of Chan (Zen). In the method one develops and maintains relaxation, clarity, and openness of mind - by identifying wandering thoughts, and letting them go. Eventually the mind settles, clears and it regains its natural clarity.

    Huatuo Method Method (May 8, 2011 at 10am to 5pm)

    This method has been used widely in China and Japan for over 800 years (beginning in the 12th century). It was made popular by the Linji (Rinzai) Sect of Chan School. Huatou, when translated literally, means "the origin of words" or that which comes before words and language. This refers to the state of mind before any words or conceptual thoughts have arisen.








    Courtenay Chan (Zen) Meditation Workshop
    Date: May 14 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    May 15 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Place: Salish House, Lewis Park Recreation Center
    489 Old Island Hwy, Courtenay, B.C.

    Please contact Adrian Symonds at 250-898-8201 or adrian2@shaw.ca for more information.




    North Vancouver Beginners' Chan(Zen) Meditation Teaching
    Date: Four sessions on Saturdays, May 21 & 28, June 4 & 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Place: Lynn Valley Library
    Contact: David Macdonald at 604-986-0008 for more information.



    White Rock Beginner and Intermediate Meditation Teaching
    Time: Begineers' : Three consecutive Saturdays beginning July 9, 16, 23 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Intermediates' : One session Silent Illumincation Chan on Saturday, July 30 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Place: White Rock Community Centre
    15154 Russell Avenue, Surrey, B.C.

    Please register by calling White Rock Leisure Services at 604.541.2199.




    2011 Fall Meditation Class 


    3-Day Chan(Zen) Retreat in Nanaimo, BC

    Date: From 10:00 am, November 12, 2011 (Saturday) to 2:00 pm, November 14, 2011 (Monday)
    Place: Bethleham Retreat Centre
    2371 Arbot Rd., Nanaimo, BC
    Contact: Adrian at 1.250.898.8201 or adrian2@shaw.ca

    Click here for details.



    Chan(Zen) meditation lecture and teachings in Nanaimo, BC

    Zen Life of True Peace & Happiness (Lecture)

    Date: Friday, September 23 from 7 pm to 9 pm
    Place: Activity Room 1, Bowen Complex
    500 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo, BC

    Chan Meditation Teachings

    Date: Silent Illumination Chan: Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Huatou Chan: Sunday, Sept 25 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Place: The Kin Hut
    2730 Departure Bay Rd., Nanaimo, BC
    Contact: Adrian at 250-898-8201 or adrian2@shaw.ca or skype adriantoo2 for more information.



    White Rock Beginner and Intermediate Meditation Teaching
    Time: Begineers' : Three consecutive Saturdays on October 1, 8 and 15 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Intermediates' : One session Huatou Chan on Saturday, October 22 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Place: White Rock Community Centre
    15154 Russell Avenue, Surrey, B.C.

    Please register by calling White Rock Leisure Services at 604.541.2199.




    2012 Major Event!  


    Dear friends:

    We hope that all is well with you. We would like to let you know about a great meditation opportunity, the Primary Teacher of Chan Community Canada, Master Guo Jun, will be leading a 7-day (with optional 3-day) meditation retreat in August 2012.

    Master Guo Jun, a Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen, currently resides in Singapore. He received monastic ordainment under Master Song Nian at Mahabodhi Monastery, Singapore, and is currently the abbot of Mahabodhi Monastery.

    Previous meditation experience is required to attend this retreat. For information on the teachings, please contact: chancommunity@gmail.com or chanmeditation@yahoo.ca on facebook.

    Chan(Zen) Meditation retreat led by Master Guo Jun in Vancouver Island

    Date: 7-day Retreat-- Friday, August 3 to Friday, August 10
    Optional 3-day Retreat-- Friday, August 3 to Monday, August 6
    Place: The Hermitage on Denman Island, BC. (http://www.dharmafellowship.org/contact.htm)
    * Please do not contact Hermitage for registration.
    Accommodation: Tenting, 8 cabins(first come first serve), and local Bed & Breakfasts.
    Not-for-profit cost: 7-day Retreat: $210 , 3-day Retreat: $130 (cost includes facilities and meals)
    Note: Participants are welcome to make offerings to Master Guo Jun and the Hermitage for their generosity in sharing the Dharma and the retreat venue.
    Contact: Please register ASAP by contacting chancommunity@gmail.com






    2012 Meditation Classes 


    White Rock Beginner and Intermediate Meditation Teaching
    Time: Begineers' : Three consecutive Saturdays starting Feb 4 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    Intermediates' : One session Huatou & Silent Illumincation Chan
    on Saturday, Feb 25 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Fee: $17/M$15 for beginneer class, $10/M$8 for Intermediate class
    (fee charged by Community Center for administration fee).
    Place: White Rock Community Centre
    15154 Russell Avenue, Surrey, B.C.

    Please contact White Rock Leisure Services at 604-541-2199 to register.



    White Rock Beginner and Intermediate Meditation Teaching
    Time: Begineers' : Three sessions on Saturdays May 5,12 & 19 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Intermediates' : One session Huatou & Silent Illumincation Chan on Saturday,
    May 26 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Place: White Rock Community Centre
    15154 Russell Avenue, White Rock, B.C.

    Please contact White Rock Leisure Services at 604-541-2199 to register.



    North Vancouver Beginners' Chan(Zen) Meditation Teaching
    Date: Four sessions on Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
    Place: Lynn Valley Main Library
    Address: 1277 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver
    Contact: David Macdonald at 604-986-0008 or chanmeditation@yahoo.ca on facebook for more information.



    Richmond Beginners' Chan(Zen) Meditation Teaching
    Three consecutive sessions to learn sitting and walking meditation, and practice in daily life.
    Time: Wednesday evenings, June 6, 13, 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Place: Minoru Sports Pavilion
    Address: 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond. (by the running track)
    Fee: No charge for the teachings. Donation to cover the insurance for the venue is humbly accepted.
    Contact: Please contact Norman at nkotze@richmond.ca or call 604-244-1205 for registration.



    White Rock Beginner's Chan(Zen) Meditation Class

    ~Learn to Relax and Reduce stress~

    Time: Three consecutive Saturdays on September 8, 15, 22, from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Fee: $17/M$15 for beginneer class, $10/M$8 for Intermediate class
    (fee charged by Community Center for administration fee).
    Place: White Rock Community Centre
    15154 Russell Avenue, Surrey, B.C.

    Please register with White Rock Leisure Services at 604-541-2199.




    North Vancouver Beginners' Chan(Zen) Meditation Teaching
    Date: Three sessions on Tuesdays, September 11,18 & 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Place: Lynn Valley Library - Program Room, North Vancouver
    Fee: Free of charge (donations are appreciated)
    Contact: Please register with David Macdonald at macdonalddavid@shaw.ca




    2013 Major Event!  


    2013 Major Summer Event!


    Master Guo Jun will be teaching in Squamish, BC in July 2013

    Dear friends:

    We wish you a healthy and wonderful new year in 2013.

    We are happy to inform you about a great meditation opportunity. The Primary Teacher of Chan Community Canada, Master Guo Jun, will be leading a 7-day meditation retreat from July 17-23 at the Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, Squamish, BC.

    Master Guo Jun, a Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen, currently resides in Singapore. He received monastic ordainment under Master Song Nian at Mahabodhi Monastery, Singapore, and is currently the abbot of Mahabodhi Monastery.

    Previous meditation experience is required to attend this retreat. This retreat will also incorporate some outdoor activities. Please mark your calendar if you are interested in attending this event. Further information about this retreat will be released in the coming weeks. For information on Chan teaching, please visit http://chancommunity.ca or write to chancommunity@gmail.com


    Chan(Zen) Meditation Retreat Schedule (July 17-23, 2013)

    7-day Meditation practice and Hiking Chan (Zen)

    Date: Wednesday, July 17 to Tuesday, July 23
    * including sitting meditation & hiking meditation.
    Place: Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, Squamish, BC.
    Accommodation: Tenting, 8 cabins(first come first serve), and local Bed & Breakfasts.
    Not-for-profit rates: Shared room $360 , Single room $460 (cost includes accommodations & meals per day)
    Note: Participants are welcome to make offerings to Master Guo Jun for the generosity in sharing the Dharma.

    2-day Art Chan workshop

    Master Guo Jun will give talk on "The spirit of Art and Chan (Zen)". The activities include Dharma teachings, sitting meditation, calligraphy & painting Chan and tea Chan.


    Date: Saturday, July 27 to Sunday, July 28. 10am-4:30pm
    Place: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, BC.
    578 Carrall Street (near the corner of Carrall and Keefer). for more information http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/
    Note: Chan activities are free but there is a $14 entrance fee (per day) to the garden.
    Please register ASAP. Please let us know if you are interested in attending either or both days so we can reserve a seat for you and provide you with more information.

    Contact: Please register by contacting Lisa at 778.881.8680 or chancommunity@gmail.com





    2013 Meditation Classes 



    2013 Spring Meditation Class


    Chan(Zen) Meditation Teachings in Nanaimo, BC

    3-day Chan meditation teachings

    Date: Friday, January 25 to Monday, January 28
    Place: The Kin Hut
    2730 Departure Bay Rd., Nanaimo, BC
    Contact: Adrian at 250-898-8201 or adrian2@shaw.ca or skype adriantoo2 for more information.



    2013 Fall Meditation Class


    Chan(Zen) Meditation workshop in Courtenay, BC

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