California Tendai Mahayana Lineage of Monks

GUIDANCE, PRACTICES, AND TEACHINGS LEADING TO ENLIGHTENMENT. We invite you to consider a life of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism in the California Tendai Monastery, and we are at your service.

In Japan the Tendai Sect goes back 1200 years, while here in America we are now pioneering a site chosen for its proximity to a mountain where the ascetic walking meditation (kaihogyo) can be practiced, where a special temple could be built specifically for fire offering (goma), where waterfall purification is possible, and where meditation can be done in seclusion.

Both in this website and in the earlier websites linked below there is a wealth of information. We encourage your contact and welcome you to stay with us for a while to see if the Buddhist practice at California Tendai Monastery is what you are seeking.

Please explore the site, ask any questions, and plan your visit. We hope your experience here will be a key step in your bodhisattva path.

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Dharma Klatch
The Japanese word EN means 'relationships', and for the people practicing our Buddhist tradition, good EN is the foundation. Practicing and serving in warm harmony with those you respect and trust is essential. But due to the subtlety of this essential point, many Americans don't perceive Japanese Buddhism this way.
They perceive it like the military, saying "HAI!" ('Yes sir!) to advance up the ranks.
Or like a business or politics, with a goal of building a Sangha with many people and much wealth.
Or as entertainment, performing rituals in return for a donation.
Or as a sports competition, where he who sits the straightest or for the longest time wins the prize.
Or as a livelihood, where one will be supported by others if he has sufficient charisma, fame, or spiritual powers.
Or they see Buddhism as a school, where they can take classes, study, learn, pass exams and graduate.
But Buddhist EN is different from all these. It is like a fire burning in one's heart ('bodhicitta'), spreading from one heart to another, loving everyone, having no enemies, seeking only to benefit others and bring about our mutual Buddhahood.
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