Abbot Haju of Ann Arbor Zen temple visiting TCM

Abbot Haju of Ann Arbor Zen Temple visited Triple Crane Monastery on Tuesday May 07, 2019. The last time she visited was five years ago. Master Hai took Haju for a tour of the Monastery.  Haju was amazed by the remodeling and new decorations of the Monastery . She was moved by every local volunteer's effort for these changes.

After the tour, Haju joined Master Zhong-Hui of the Great Huayen Temple from Taiwan, Master Hai the chief nun of Triple Crane Monastery along with local residents for a tea ceremony and enjoyed a great conversation.

We sincerely wish all Buddhist temples and monasteries be harmonious and mutually supportive of each other, such that the Dharma may unfold in the Western world and benefit all sentiment beings. 


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Triple Crane Monastery June classes & events

EVENTS Open House / Tour Tuesday & Wednesday 10~3:30 PM Saturday: 1-5 PM Sunday: 9 AM~1 PM Or call for appointment. (exclude retreat) Daily service (Open to public and chant in Chinese) Early Morning: 5:30-6:00 am Part 1. 6-7 am Part 2. Morning:8:00-8:30 am Evening: 3:30-4:15 pm Fee: all TCM classes/one day retreat are donations. Chinese Tea Ceremony Come to enjoy the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, Oolong tea, pastries and snacks, sharing interesting conversations about Chan/spiritual practice experiences. Free and all are welcome Trial Walking Meditation Time: 9:30 am~12:00 pm Place: Waterloo recreation area/ Pinckney recreation area

The Buddha bathing Festival

Triple Crane Monastery held the Buddha Bathing Festival on May 11, 2019, the birthday of Sakyamuni Buddha. The flowers in Monastery are blooming everywhere. Tulips and daffodils in both front and back entrance of Chan Hall are announcing Spring is here and welcome local folks to join the celebration of Buddha’s birth. Inside the Dharma Hall, the Mandala of Buddha bathing is floated with beautiful pedals, and the little Buddha statue stands in the middle of them, waiting for us to wash out dust in our body, mind and spirit.

Abbot Haju of Ann Arbor Zen temple visiting TCM

Abbot Haju of Ann Arbor Zen Temple visited Triple Crane Monastery on Tuesday May 07, 2019. The last time she visited was five years ago. Master Hai took Haju for a tour of the Monastery. Haju said she was amazed by the remodeling of the Monastery and all the improvements. She felt everyone's effort through these changes.

2019 Spring Huayen retreat

Another blissful three day bi-lingual HuaYan retreat end on April 30th . It focuses on the preliminary practice for Huayen Chan Kuan in the form of Yoga and meditation. Over dozens of participants composed of new and veteran practitioners from US and Canada attended, and all of them have devoted their effort whole heartedly and experienced profound inter transformation.

Triple Crane Monastery May classes & events

EVENTS Open House / Tour Tuesday & Wednesday 10~3:30 PM Saturday: 1-5 PM Sunday: 9 AM~1 PM Or call for appointment. (exclude retreat) Daily service (Open to public and chant in Chinese) Early Morning: 5:30-6:00 am Part 1. 6-7 am Part 2. Morning:8:00-8:30 am Evening: 3:30-4:15 pm Fee: all TCM classes/one day retreat are donations.

What is Huayen?

The Huayen School of Chinese Buddhism takes its name from the scriptural text on which it is based, known in Chinese as the “Huayen Ching” and in Sanskrit as the “Avatamsaka Sutra”. (“Huayen” literally means “flower adornment” or “flower ornament”.) It was founded as a separate lineage in the seventh century and has continued down to the present day.

The Spirit and Distinctive Features of the Huayen Teachings By Venerable Master Haiyun Jimeng

The three aspects of Huayen Strictly speaking, when talking about Huayen there are three aspects that one should take into account. One is the teaching of the Avatamsaka Sutra itself, another is the teaching of the Huayen School, and the third is the point of view of the person who is expounding the Sutra. But it is the last of these three that people usually get to hear most of Fruit-sellers are bound to say that their own fruit is the sweetest, and in the same way, every priest, monk or nun is bound to say that the doctrine they are teaching is the best, otherwise there would be no point in their teaching it at all. So, the Huayen teachings that I would like to introduce to you today are based on my own personal reading of the Avatamsaka Sutra and on the conclusions that I have reached after studying the Huayen School as a whole. But if you really want to know what the Sutra has to say, you should go and study it for yourself, absorb its message directly, and then judge and choose for yourself, in accordance with your own wisdom. For when someone else expounds the Sutra, even though their exposition may be based on the text, when they try to convey its essential spirit or its deeper significance, they can hardly help doing so from their own point of view. Even a teacher who is already fully enlightened, let us suppose, will still be expressing his or her individual way of understanding the teachings that are being transmitted. After the realization of Enlightenment, every Buddha preaches the Avatamsaka Sutra, although when I say “preaches”, I am not referring to a verbal exposition, but to a direct manifestation of the realm of Enlightenment. Although each Buddha’s realization is equally profound, the way in which that realization is manifested is not necessarily going to be the same in every case. When different Buddha preach the Avatamsaka Sutra, therefore, different realms of Enlightenment may appear.

The Huayen School

The Huayen (Korean Hwao’m, Japanese Kegon) School is based on the Avatamsaka or “Flower Ornament Sutra”, and counts as one of the four major schools of Chinese Buddhism. Its teachings emphasize the integration of Buddhist practice with all aspects of life, and yet, Haiyun believes that they are particularly suitable for the modern age. The school took shape during the Tang Dynasty (618-906), and although the monk Tu Shun or Fa Shun (557-640) is regarded as its First Patriarch, the real founders were Chih Yen (602-668) and his chief disciple Fa Tsang (643-712). Another important figure at the time was the hermit-scholar Li Tung Hsuan (63 5-730, or 646-740). After the Fourth Patriarch, Cheng Kuan (738-839), who wrote a massive commentary and subcommentary on the Sutra, and the Fifth Patriarch, Tsung Mi (780-8 14), who was also a lineage-holder in the Chan tradition, the Huayen School entered a period of decline, although its influence remained pervasive in East Asian Buddhism generally, and in the Chan (Korean S’on, Japanese Zen) School in particular.

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.

DAILY LIFE IN ONENESS

Humility - humble yourself in The eyes of The God. Merge into oneness through complete surrendering to the nature of is'ness. Rid yourself of separateness and allow Divine union to help you experience who and what you are. ~ACIM Please Join us this special event at Triple Crane monastery.

Triple Crane Monastery April classes & events

Chinese Tea Ceremony Come to enjoy the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, Oolong tea, pastries and snacks, sharing interesting conversations about Chan/spiritual practice experiences. Free and all are welcome

Huayen Chan Kuan Bilingual Retreat Saturday

Please join us at Triple Crane Monastery for a 3 day Huayen Chan Kuan Bilingual Retreat directed by the Venerable Master Haiyun Jimeng, who will be visiting the Monastery from Taiwan. Practices will be lead by Master Zhong Hai (winnie) under the direction of Master Hai Yun.