About Us


The Tallahassee Chan Center began in 2009, at Railroad Square Art Park in Tallahassee, as a small group of people interested in Chan Buddhism. Chan teacher Guo Gu began this group as a way to repay his gratitude toward his teacher, Master Sheng Yen (1930-2009).

The growing number of practitioners led to the founding of our new center completed in July 2017. Guo Gu established this center in memory of Sheng Yen, which means “adorned with holiness.” Thus, the Chinese name of the new center is called, “Sheng Yen Chan Yuan” or Chan Cloister of Adorned Holiness. Please explore our website for more information on Guo Gu, Master Sheng Yen, and our Chan teachings.

Read More in The Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan Buddhism Booklet