The Live Zen Center is dedicated to the study and practice of Zen (or called Chan in China) - a combination of Han Chinese, Tibetan and South-east Asian meditation practices - for lay students, and people who wish to mature their understanding of life.

Join us each week to gain insight into the teachings and practices of Live Zen. A practicing Buddhist layman will guide you on your journey of self-discovery, and a real Zen Buddhist monk will occasionally stop by as well. Not only will you learn about Zen (Chan in Chinese) through its music, its stories, its art, its rituals and its martial arts, but youll also grow to understand and appreciate the challenges and rewards of Zen meditation.

*Weekly meditation sessions will be supplemented by discussion of Zen (Chan) philosophy; youll learn how to apply Zen (Chan) principles to enrich your daily life with tranquility.
* In keeping with the meaning of Zen (Chan)C"learning through meditation"- each weekly meeting will consist of long sitting and walking meditation sessions as well as discussion. Our Buddhist guide will teach you proper meditation techniques, and a Zen environment of music, candles and incense will calm your mind and soothe your soul.
  • About the Master
    Paul Wang, a layman Buddhist practitioner, has studied and practiced Zen for over ten years, and has been teaching Zen meditation at the Live Zen Center (operated by the China Culture Center) for over five years. He started and benefited a lot from South-east Asian Insight Meditation according to the lineage of venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, and received the Zen teaching from venerable Master XingPo, who is one of the head master of CaoXi school, and take the lineage of Tibetan Buddhism from venerable Master GaZang, who is the head master of one of the most important Tibetan Temples. Through continuous practicing and teaching, he gradually worked out a set of practical methods on mediation by combining these three systems. He gives Zen coaching and philosophical teaching tailored to personal differences and individual needs. He teaches students how to build links between Zen practice and daily life.


    Walking meditation in the
    Live Zen Center

    Dates for Zen Practice & Meditation Workshop

    Evening Zen Group: Every Thursday evening 19:30-21:30  
    Weekend Zen Group: Sunday morning 10:30-12:00 once a month

    (Please note that some dates of workshops may be cancelled during the Chinese and Western Holidays. Please check calendar for details.)

    Where: in the Zen room of the China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China. 

    Regular group class fees:
    RMB 160 per class

    Private custom-made prices:
    RMB 600 for 1-2 persons
    RMB 1000 for 3-5 persons
    RMB 1800 for 5-10 persons

    How to make a reservation
    Please check the "set dates" on the right top of the webpage, click into the date you wish to attend, then click "book this event" button to sign you up.

    Only one-session participants
    Welcome everyone even though you just attend one session. You still click the workshop of the month to sign you up, but leave us a note mentioning the date you book.

    Reservation: In order to properly accommodate everyone who visits the Live Zen Center, we need to know exactly how many people will be attending each week. If you are not a member, we ask that you notify us at least 3 hours before you plan to attend that week's session. Registering online is preferred, but you can also give us a ring if internet reservation is not convenient. No walk-ins.  Choose "The workshop will be on:" tab on the right top of the webpage to see available Zen class dates.  Click on the date you wish to attend the class in order to sign up!

    Dressing for the first Zen class
    Dress  is casual and loose. There is traditional Zen meditation wear but wait to make any clothing commitments until after the first class. Priority is freedom of movement.
    •Typical fitted stretch exercise workout clothing is fine, as are drawstring pants and a T-shirt.
    •Footwear can be sneakers or socks with soles or grips or even barefoot.
    •Once familiar with the practice, special shoes and clothing can be purchase.

    Other Zen activities in the Live Zen Center will include:  (view pictures here)

    * Traveling to Buddhist mountains & holy temples
    * Staying and studying with Zen Buddhism in monasteries
    * Interviews with Zen masters and senior monks
    * Cooking Zen dishes and preparing Zen tea
    ....and more!

  • Private custom-made prices:

    RMB 600 for 1-2 persons

    RMB 1000 for 3-5 persons

    RMB 1800 for 5-10 persons

    The price includes English-speaking Zen master, venue.