Tallahassee Chan Center Brochure: Please download the brochure of our events from January to July of 2017 by clicking here.
Please Click on the event on the calendar to view a brief description.
Activities in the Calendar
Weekly Sittings:Every Monday evening, 7:30-9pm starting. There are two 30-minute periods of seated meditation, punctuated by a period of either walking meditation or mindful Yoga. Each meeting concludes with a short session of questions and answers.
Dharma Talks: The first Monday evening of each month. 30 min. of sitting starting at 7:30pm, followed by the talk. Guo Gu gives talks on different facets of life and practice from the perspective of Chan. The audio files of the talks are listed here.
Half-Day Retreat: 9am -12 noon. Anyone who has taken the beginner's meditation workshop or have previous experience in Chan/Zen practice are welcomed to join. The half-day retreats are led by Guo Gu’s students. Retreats offer a rare occasion to deepen one's Chan practice and commitment to the path. Registration required.
One-day Retreat: 9am-6pm. Anyone who has done half-day retreats or have previous experience in Chan/Zen practice are welcomed to join. One-day retreats are silent and more intense than the half-day retreats. Guo Gu leads this retreat and offers retreat instructions and interviews. Seats are limited to 22. Registration required.
Weekend Retreats: This kind of retreat starts on Friday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon, unless otherwise noted. The format is the same as intensive Chan retreats: wake up at 4am and ends at 10pm, with alternate periods of sitting, exercise, and walking meditation. Guo Gu gives dharma talks and offers personal interviews everyday. Seats are limited to 16. Registration required.
Intense Seven or Ten-Day Retreat: “Intensive” retreats are the entry point for serious Chan practice and study. They follow the traditional Chan monastery retreat schedule, which makes the most efficient use of time, waking up at 4am and ending at 10pm each day, with alternate periods of sitting, exercise, and walking meditation throughout. They are designed to allow you to wholeheartedly devote your energies to using the method. For those whose conditions are ripe, intensive retreat is the opportunity to develop genuine insight, or see one’s self-nature. Unless otherwise stated, Guo Gu leads these retreats at Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush NY.
Beginner's Meditation Class :The 3-part Beginner's Meditation Class offers a systematic and thorough introduction to the practice of meditation. It discusses the conditions, methods, stages of meditation, and other useful supporting techniques such as self-massage, yoga exercises, and daily mindfulness exercises. $70 suggested donation. Registration required.
Zen-Based Stress Reduction Workshops in 2 Parts :The ZBSR workshop is divided into two half days. It offers scientific findings of the mechanism of anxiety and stress, and practical meditation methods for reducing stress and cultivating new ways of better living. Methods of meditation on the breath, meditation on kindness, yoga exercises, self-massage techniques, and daily mindfulness exercises. Registration required.
TCG Social: Third Monday evening of each month. The evening begins with one short period of sitting from 7:30-8pm, followed by an informal social gathering. The event is a good opportunity to meet other members and chat with one another over light snacks, soft drinks, and tea. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share with others. Sometimes movies and videos are shown.
Special Events: This includes visiting teacher’s dharma talks and special workshops like Japanese tea ceremony, pottery making, TCC picnics, donation to or volunteer opportunities at philanthropical organizations, and other events throughout the year. Keep an eye out for these.
Guo Gu's Activities Elsewhere: Our teacher visits different parts of North America and sometimes Europe and Asia to give talks and lead retreats. His visits in North America are generally limited to Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association centers. All the events are open to the public.