Activities

Following the tradition of all temples and branches of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery maintains a full daily monastic schedule including morning and evening recitation, and the noon meal offering. It offers as well weekly Sutra lectures and meditation classes in English and Mandarin. In its years of operation, the Institute for World Religions has followed the letter and the spirit of the Masterís vision. Below is an example of the kinds of programs offered by the Institute regularly to the East Bay public free of charge.

  • Two meditation hours daily: open to the public
Jewish-Buddhist-Christian trialogue with Dr. Glenn Bucher, President of the Graduate Theological Union, and Prof. Daniel Matt, of the Center for Jewish Studies

Jewish-Buddhist-Christian trialogue with Dr. Glenn Bucher, and Prof. Daniel Matt.

  • Jewish-Buddhist-Christian trialogue with Dr. Glenn Bucher, President of the Graduate Theological Union, and Prof. Daniel Matt of the Center for Jewish Studies.

  • Weekly Chan Meditation Instruction that has taught nearly 1500 students since the first class.

  • Guest lectures from Ven. Ajahn Sumedho, Ven. Ajahn Sucitto, Ven. Ajahn Amaro and other monks and nuns from the Amaravati Buddhist Centre, England.

  • Challenge to Spiritual Traditions: An interfaith dialogue between a Franciscan priest and two Theravadan Buddhist Bhikkhus, Ven. Ajahn Amaro, and Ven. Bhante Madawala Seelawimala, moderated by the Christian theologian Durward Foster.

  • Father Kenan Osborne, Franciscan Catholic priest and the late Father John Rogers of Humboldt State University, in conversation with Buddhists.

  • Weekly gathering of Chochmat Halev, the Movement for Jewish Renewal.

  • Science and Spirituality Seminars with quantum physicists from UC Berkeley.

  • Six evening discussions by Ahimsa, a Vedanta-based Hindu group from the University of California, Berkeley: programs such as "Gandhi and the Principles of Non-violence."

  • Buddhist Women's Practice Seminars led by the nuns of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association.

  • Vipassana Meditation Group led by James Baraz of Spirit Rock Center.

  • UC Berkeley Chinese Buddhist Society Practice and Discussion Group.

  • Vietnamese Buddhist Community Programs.
UC Berkeley Chinese Buddhist Society Practice and Discussion Group
 

UC Berkeley Chinese Buddhist Society Practice and Discussion Group.