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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Our Other Sites

Tendai Buddhist Open Teachings, 1994-2004

Buddha Dendo, 2004-2008
NOTE: this site was largely destroyed by YAHOO when they withdrew support from their Geocities sites. A few items remain.

Dharma Klatch
Kayaki Kansho-sama came here from Japan to give a Dharma talk and to dedicate our goma temple to the Tendai Enryaku-ji's HORYU SHUGENDO lineage, with the temple name of 'Hoshu-in'. A 'Hoshu' is a symbolic form of the Cintamani, or Wish-fulfilling Gem, and can be seen in photos of the onion-shaped ornament at the top of our temple building. Also it is visible at the right edge of this photo. The word 'In' means ' a branch temple.
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