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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Tendai Buddhist Open Teachings, 1994-2004
Buddha Dendo, 2004-2008

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This icon is of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, Fugen Bosatsu in Japanese and 'All-good' in English. The Buddhist Path is walked with the two feet of study (leading to Prajna) and practice (leading to Merit), and Fugen represents the practice aspect, which is emphasized here at the monastery. His seed syllable (shown to the left of the icon) is 'AN' and his mantra is OM SAMMAYA SATOBAN.
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