Sharing the Dharma with Colorado

Master Jian Hu

ven. gian huMaster Jian Hu’s life encompasses both Eastern and Western cultures. He came to the United States as a teenager and went on to graduate from California Institute of Technology and University of California, San Diego with a doctorate in Computer Science. In pursuit of a more meaningful existence, he renounced worldly attachments to study under the auspices of the Great Master Wei Chueh at the Chung Tai Monastery in Taiwan. There, for many years, he immersed himself deeply in the study and practice of Buddhism, the Dharma path of wisdom and compassion.

In October of the year 2000, Master Jian Hu and four other monks came to California to establish the Buddha Gate Monastery in the picturesque town of Lafayette. Here, Master Jian Hu, as the first Abbot of the Monastery, by the example of his own life and by giving spiritual lectures and meditation sessions, hopes to bring the ancient yet timeless wisdom of Buddhism to the public.

The mission of the Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale, CA is to teach the truths of Buddhism and lead all sentient beings to the attainment of liberation through the practice of Chan meditation. Master Jian Hu, educated in the forefront of western sciences yet with a deep affection for classical Chinese culture, speaks fluently both in English and in Chinese, and so is uniquely suited to bridging the gap between the East and the West. Under the Master’s patient and compassionate guidance, students learn that enlightenment must be achieved by one’s own efforts. The Master also conducts informal discussion groups where students can ask questions freely; he always finds time for personal consultation.

Master Jian Hu was previously Dean of the Buddhist Institute at Chung Tai Monastery in Taiwan. He has conducted numerous Chan Meditation retreats, and given many lectures at meditation centers and universities in Taiwan and in the US.

Master Jian Gong

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Whenever visitors come to the Sunnyvale Zen Center’s reception hall, Master Jian Gong is always there to greet them. His warm smile, his kind demeanor and his enthusiasm make everyone feel welcome. He is busy with many duties in and out of the office but is never too busy to answer visitors’ questions and make them feel at home. Master Jian Gong is now the Executive Director of Dharma Affairs.

Master Jian Gong, while searching for the answer to the meaning of life and suffering, found in the teachings of the Buddha a clear and yet profound message. He was thus inspired to become a follower of the Great Master Wei Chueh in order to achieve enlightenment and to teach others the path so as to lead them to liberation.