Events

All of our programs are donation-based and open to all.

New Online Programs

All of our activities have moved online via Zoom Video Conference to support your practice at home, all times listed below are Eastern time.

Special Events

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October 2020

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  • Morning Meditation & Chanting
  • Engaging Racism: Conversations for Change (Discussion on Dr. Amanda Porterfield's Lecture)
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  • Guo Gu Leads Online BCBS Workshop Retreat
  • Morning Meditation & Chanting
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  • Guo Gu Leads Online BCBS Workshop Retreat
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  • Guo Gu Leads Online BCBS Workshop Retreat
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  • Morning Meditation & Chanting
  • Engaging Racism: Conversations for Change (Dr. Maxine Jones)
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  • Morning Meditation & Chanting
  • Engaging Racism: Conversations for Change (Discussion on Dr. Maxine Jone's Lecture)
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  • Beginner's Meditation Workshop
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  • Morning Meditation & Chanting
  • Engaging Racism: Conversations for Change (Placeholder)
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  • One Day Online Retreat

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Monday – Friday Morning Meditation & Chanting

We offer morning meditation practice Monday-Friday starting at 7:30am. We begin with one meditation period followed by chanting (live).

Liturgy here: Abbreviated Liturgy with Heart Sutra

Click here for the Monday-Friday morning Zoom link

Monday Nights

1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, Dharma talk with Guo Gu (live). This session begins with 30 minutes of sitting starting at 7:30pm, followed by the Dharma talk.

All other Mondays, 30-minute periods of seated meditation, punctuated by a period of either walking meditation or mindful Yoga.

Click here for the Monday Zoom link.

 

Tuesday Evening Loving Kindness

On Tuesday, September 15, we will temporarily discontinue this meditation for our interim speaker series on racism, also on Tuesdays at 7:30pm.

On Tuesday evenings, we practice a special form of “loving-kindness” meditation that Guo Gu developed to cultivate inner peace, kindness, and healing. Each meeting concludes with a short sharing or questions and answers. Before the meditation, we suggest you become familiar with Loving Kindness through Guo Gu’s talks on “Loving Kindness”.

Click here for the Tuesday Zoom link.

 

Wednesday Evening Silent Sitting

This session is one 45-minute silent group meditation period.

Click here for the Wednesday Zoom link

 

 

Thursday Short Meditation Instructions

We offer basic meditation instructions on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9pm. No registration or fee required, though donations are welcomed. These instructions cover basic postures and methods of practice. The instructions are not a substitute for the thorough Beginner’s Meditation Class. Nevertheless, it is sufficient to get you started on meditation practice.

Click here for the Thursday Zoom link.

Beginner’s Meditation Workshop

This 4-part Beginner’s Meditation Workshop is the most systematic and thorough introduction to the practice of Buddhist meditation available anywhere. Practitioners of all levels can benefit from it. It covers the conditions, methods, stages of meditation, pitfalls, and other supporting techniques to regulate the body, mind, and spirit such as self-massage, yoga exercises, and daily mindfulness techniques. The workshop is offered every other month, and will have an Intermediate Meditation Workshop to follow. Next workshop starting October 25. $70 suggested donation for all four classes.

Retreats

Retreats offer a rare occasion to deepen one’s Chan practice and commitment to the path. Many experiences arise in retreats that would normally not surface in daily individual or weekly group practice.

Each sitting during a retreat is 30 minutes, punctuated by short periods of mindful yoga or walking meditation. There is also mindful work practice, which is a way for retreatants to integrate their practice to daily situations. On One-Day and longer retreats, retreatants also get an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Guo Gu in personal interview. For a sample 1-day retreat schedule, click here. Please also review our retreat etiquette here.

Half-Day Retreats

Please join us on the second Saturday of each month for a half-day, online meditation retreat from 9:00AM – 12:00PM. Donation based, the half-day retreat is open to all, and is a great opportunity to deepen one’s Chan practice.  Register by filing out the registration link available here one week in advance.
Note: Due to the Virtual Book Launch of Guo Gu’s Essence of Chan, we will be shifting our full-day October 31 retreat to a half-day retreat.

 

 

One-Day Retreats

Please join us on the last Saturday of each month for a full-day, online meditation retreat from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. Donation based, the full-day retreat is open to all, and is a great opportunity to deepen one’s Chan practice. Register by filing out the registration link available here one week in advance.

Register here: https://tallahasseechan.org/1-day-online-chan-retreat/

 

 

Intensive Retreats

“Intensive” retreats are the entry point for serious Chan practice and study. They follow a schedule with alternate periods of sitting, exercise, and walking meditation throughout. Guo Gu gives dharma talks and offers personal interviews everyday. Registration required. 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. Guo Gu leads these retreats at our center and other locations in North America and Europe. Please check the upcoming retreat schedule here.