Zen Buddhist Temple provides a quiet and contemplative environment for people to pursue Buddhist practice more seriously, to seek peace of mind and solitude, or for those who need a quiet place for personal and spiritual reasons. The residents participate in temple programs in the mornings and/or evenings while maintaining their job or studies.
There are two important things to remember during your stay. The first is this present moment of your life. “If you wish to know your past life, look at your present life. If you wish to know your future, watch what you are doing today.” Your present is the result of your past and is the cause of your future. In other words, your past and future are contained in the present moment of your life. You can correct your past and create your future by concentrating on your present moment. You must realize that your life does not exist apart from the present moment. Therefore, please take care of your present moment.
The second thing is that you are in a temple where you can cultivate your mind and pursue the path to peace and happiness. The temple is a special place dedicated to the practice of Dharma, the healing and awakening of the mind and the promotion of right livelihood and compassionate living. As such, the Buddhist temple serves as a sanctuary and Pure Land for people who are deeply concerned with their spiritual enlightenment and salvation of all beings. The existence of a Buddhist temple in our society as the house of love and compassion and light of wisdom brings hope to many. So please honor and adorn your Buddhist temple with your commitment to Dharma practice and the Bodhisattva vows.