Triple Crane Retreat Center’s Three Great Missions:


1. Deliverance of the exposition of the Ultimate Truth

“To not have read the Avatamsaka Sutra, is to not perceive the invaluableness of Buddhism.” The Avatamsaka Sutra, also known as the Flower Adornment Sutra, or in its full title《The Great Means Expansive Buddha Flower Adornment Sutra》, is the first sutra expounded by Shakyamuni Buddha upon attaining enlightenment while seated beneath the Bodhi tree. Its contents both elucidates the sublime elegance of the ultimate abode of the tathāgata, and edifies the manifold means to attain such a state. Those seeking spiritual cultivation whom follow the sequential stages mapped out shall advance towards realizing the immeasurable wealth of one’s inborn spirituality, and through sustained accomplishments will ultimately bring the state of the tathāgata into fruition.

The purpose of the Da Huayen North American Triple Crane Retreat Center is to deliver exposition of the ultimate truth, and to provide guidance in practice centered on 《The Great Means Expansive Buddha Flower Adornment Sutra》, which can be further divided into two modes: the application of expedient means under the “approach of consummate interfusion”, and the Huayen Chan-Kuan “approach of sequential practices,” which is founded upon the knowledge that “There is but a single pathway through Nirvana’s gate, to return to the ultimate reality.”

The former encompasses the five main practices of Mahāyāna Buddhism – the Chan School, the Pure Land School, the Vinaya School, the Esoteric School, and the School of Doctrine, with emphasis on a large-scale training approach to spiritual cultivation supplemented by ‘life education’, to cultivate the right mindset of a spiritual practioner, to establish a healthy and sound mind and personality, and to condition oneself to utilize wholesome comprehension. From an individualistic perspective, one may deepen one’s individual prosperity and merit, leading to a structurally happy and sound life; from the group perspective, it leads to a stable and peaceful society, and a prosperous nation.

The latter – Huayen Chan-Kuan – is unique to the Da Huayen Retreat Center, and is the direct inheritance from the lineage of Mahayana Yogacara, built upon the use and practice of techniques of subtle observation. The unique trait of Chan-Kuan is to first establish the basics of how one inhibits the interference from one’s brain and may recall through the use of various purification techniques one’s innate life energy, enabling oneself to delve further within through authentic cultivation via deep introspection and steadfast concentration. Through the practice of such techniques, one can thoroughly transform one’s life, to transition from mortal to noble person, and enter into the realm of perfection.


2. The Establishment of American Buddhism

The Ultimate Truth is singular and unwavering, whereas culture constantly evolves with the passage of time, across geographies, climates and ethnicities. And yet, our minds are clouded by worldly distractions making the Truth difficult to grasp, as such the conveyance and education of the Truth must be packaged with culture as its medium in order to make it accessible to the masses. As a result, between different religions, or even within the different sects of a religion, there exists differences in the formation, messages, disciplines, ceremonies, rituals and covenants; even in the food consumption, dress attire, architecture and artistic statements, these are all expressions of our commendation of the Truth.

Upholding the spirit as described above, the Da Huayen North American Triple Crane Retreat Center undertakes its mission in the hopes of disseminating the DNA of the Buddhadharma’s wisdom, with the hopes of aiding in the nurturing of an American arhat, one that was born and has grown immersed in American culture. Such spiritual achievers shall fulfill the needs of the American people, following the principles of the Truth and assimilating with American spirit and cultural values, they shall construct a lineage of Buddhism widely received and beneficial to the bodies, minds and spirits of the American people – i.e. a style of Buddhism uniquely American.

We excitedly anticipate the establishment of American Buddhism, with the hopes of providing a surge of new energy in America, to allow the enrichment of the essence of American culture and spiritual cultivation; concurrently, the growth of American Buddhism will expedite the understanding and tolerance between various ethnicities, allowing us to find the commonalities amongst the differences. Through these commonalities, we shall experience growth together, and America shall become a peaceful refuge and paradise for all humanity.


3. Chinese Buddhism as a benchmark

The third mission of the Da Huayen North American Triple Crane Retreat Center is to provide, through the deliverance of Chinese Buddhism as the benchmark, a platform upon which American Buddhism shall be established.

The practices taught by the Da Huayen Retreat Center incorporates the ceremonies, tantric chants, and rituals of traditional Chinese Buddhism, as well as the five main practices of Mahāyāna Buddhism. In addition, through symposiums, education centers, research institutes, museums, sutra publishing, life education centers and youth organizations, the Retreat Center continues towards its goal of achievements in the modern realms of Buddhist scholarly research, general studies, personnel training, art appreciation, sutra exaltation, and life education. Finally, the Chan-Kuan centers undertake the responsibility in the guidance of the Huayen Chan-Kuan, the core of the life education transformation project, which satisfies the modern individuals’ needs for sound physical health, alleviation of emotional stress, and growth in spirituality.

It is our belief that upon this comprehensive platform, not only will we nurture outstanding spiritual cultivators and promulgators of the Dharma, we may become a cornerstone in the establishment of American Buddhism.



Venerable master Haiyun Jimeng

Triple Crane Retreat Center is led by the venerable Haiyun Jimeng (海雲繼夢), also known as Master Sea Cloud. He is a practitioner, thinker, speaker, religious leader and scholar. With his years of sincere spiritual practices and profound wisdom attained, Master Sea Cloud became a monastic in 1991. Master Sea Cloud’s teaching encompasses a complete system of doctrine and practices. He particularly emphasizes that a real truth seeker should confirm the doctrines learned by his or her own personal experience from diligent practices. Accordingly, Master Sea Cloud’s Chan-Kuan teaching, based upon the doctrine of the Flower Adornment Sutra, focuses on practical life transformation. He provides students with stage by stage guidance to progressively deepen the meditative states of mind to personally get in touch with the true life and attain the supreme enlightenment as described by the Sutra. The natural by-products of the initial steps of training are:

An Introduction to the Origin and Development of Northern Mahayana Buddhism

Two ways to understand the ‘origin’ of Buddhism The ‘origin’ of Buddhism may in fact be understood in two ways. First, it may refer to the Buddha’s awareness, upon his enlightenment, of the ultimate truth of the universe and the meaning of life itself, an awareness that transcended the traditional concepts of the Indian society of his day. In Brahmin belief, there was a higher-than-human sphere, occupied by a God who created and governed the world. Since the Buddha had, through his profound practice and realization, attained the state beyond that of the heaven where there is neither thinking nor not-thinking (Naivasamjnanasamjnayatana), the doctrines that emerged from his spiritual experience where obviously bound to be different from those of other religious figures. In this sense it is the Buddha’s own supreme Enlightenment that is the ‘origin’ of Buddhism as a universal teaching which has transformed our world.

Venerable Grand Master Qin Yin(欽音)

As a successor of the 41st Master of “Xian Shou” lineage(賢首宗), the 17th Master of Mahayana Yoga lineage(瑜伽行派), the 12th Master of Retreat Center of Beijing Guangshan, venerable Grand Master Qin Yin is the current head Master at Retreat Center of “Shulin Fuhiu” in Taiwan.

Venerable Grand Master Meng Can(夢參)

Venerable Grand Master Meng Can was born in 1915 in Town of Kaitong in Heilongjiang Province of China. In 1931, Grand-Master was accepted at the feet of Master Xiuling(修林) and renounced the world at Temple Yaowang in Beijing. He was given the Dharma name “Jue Xing” and became a renounced disciple in the lineage of “Lin Ji”(臨濟宗) of Northern Wu Tai. Being a very humble spiritual seeker, Grand-Master refers himself as the name of “Meng Can”. Grand-Master took the vow to follow the code of constrain for monk in 1931. Upon the completion of the training, he paid pilgrim to the holy mountain of “Jiu Hua”, where he participated in the special ceremony which was held every sixty years to cut the hair and nails for Di Zang Monk who lived in this world between 696 and 794.

Venerable Grand Master - Swami Rajarshi Muni

Venerable Grand Master Swami Rajarshi Muni was born in 1931. He has engaged himself in the serious study and practice of yoga since his early youth. He received shaktipat initiation (note below) from Guru, Swami Kripalvanand, in November 1970 and renounced the world thereafter. After that he had devoted himself almost exclusively to secluded yoga sadhana (spiritual practice), his daily practice spanning at least ten hours.

Triple Crane Retreat Center’s Three Great Missions:

“To not have read the Avatamsaka Sutra, is to not perceive the invaluableness of Buddhism.” The Avatamsaka Sutra, also known as the Flower Adornment Sutra, or in its full title《The Great Means Expansive Buddha Flower Adornment Sutra》, is the first sutra expounded by Shakyamuni Buddha upon attaining enlightenment while seated beneath the Bodhi tree. Its contents both elucidates the sublime elegance of the ultimate abode of the tathāgata, and edifies the manifold means to attain such a state. Those seeking spiritual cultivation whom follow the sequential stages mapped out shall advance towards realizing the immeasurable wealth of one’s inborn spirituality, and through sustained accomplishments will ultimately bring the state of the tathāgata into fruition.

Our Geographical Environment

We are located in Chelsea, Michigan, a city spanning approximately 3.68 square miles with a population of about 5,000 people. Located in the south eastern Michigan, the city of Chelsea is about 45 minutes from a major airport and 25 minutes from downtown Ann Arbor. A quintessential small town dating back to the early 18th Century, Chelsea is perhaps most noted for being the base of Chelsea Milling, maker of Jiffy Mix. A peaceful and safe community, the city hosts various community events and arts activities throughout the year. Chelsea is also the gateway to the beautiful 25,000 acre Waterloo Recreation Area, where you can experience the beauty of Michigan’s unique wilderness, wildlife and geological wonders in this protected area. A perfect place for nature enthusiasts to enjoy various outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, paddling, and swimming, or experience the spectacle of the migrating sandhill cranes.