Universal Chan

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Environment
  • Faith-Based
  • International
  • Seniors


445 Colusa Ave.Kensington, CA 94707 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Universal Chan is an international, donation-based, 501(c)(3) Buddhist non-profit organization derived from the Chinese Chan Tradition, founded by the Chan Monk Da Xing. Compared to China and other Asian countries where Buddhism is a prevalent religion, the US has only been exposed to Buddhism for less than a century. The goal of the organization and of its affiliations is to spread the Chan Teachings to deeply benefit those interested in learning the teachings of the Buddha. In doing this, we use a modern approach rooted in ancient tradition to expose people to other aspects of ancient Chinese culture connected to this teaching. We hope numerous people will come to learn how to apply this teaching in order to achieve a more satisfying life and find liberation in any situation.


Every Tuesday and Friday evening at 7:00pm we have a Dharma talk and meditation led by Chan monk Da Xing Fashi. At Universal Chan we do a wide variety of activities ranging from those more commonly practiced in many Buddhist centers, such as sitting meditation, to lesser known methods such as exercise and bowing Chan. Our Center also offers yoga, tai chi, and stretching classes. Some of our weekly events include Hiking Meditation and Meditative Tea Tasting classes (and also classes for UC Berkeley students and several Bay Area senior centers). In addition, we provide retreats of different time lengths in California and abroad to beginners, advanced practitioners, and monastics. All of our programs, activities, and events are donation-based. Your generosity will help us to continue to serve the community.


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