• MAKE A STEP

    FROM PONDERING TO PRACTICE

HOW TO START?

You do not have to be a Buddhist to participate in our activities at the Center. The only prerequisite is an awakened interest in exploring your own nature, a desire to get a handle on your life and to help yourself as well as others to overcome discontent, restlessness, and emotional turmoil. If you are wondering how to relax and how to relieve stress, our Center is the right place to find inspiration for your journey to transformation.

Every month, the Center offers public talks. These talks will help you find out if Buddhism as a teaching and Chan as a method of practice are something that is close to you, something that could inspire you to follow the Middle Way. If you want to read the transcripts of past talks, click on the Explore tab or listen to recorded talks on YouTube.

The starting point to get acquainted with the practice of Chan is the Tranquility and Insight course of Chan meditation. This is a two-day Chan meditation workshop where you will learn everything you need to know in order to start meditating on your own. The workshop will provide you with a broader context of both formal and informal Chan practice, lesser known methods, a step-by-step progression, an understanding of the most frequent and less frequent obstacles as well as ways to deal with them.

It is a distillate of forty years of experience in meditation and teaching by our Chan master, Žarko Andričević.

As Žarko is a Dharma heir to one of the most prominent contemporary teachers of Buddhism, not a self-proclaimed instant-solution-teacher, what you will learn in this course is not an instant-method for spiritual realization. Chan is something much deeper. Chan does not offer comfort, but an understanding of discomfort and a way to transcend both. Chan is not escapism, but rather tackling what we would like to escape from. Chan is not floating on pink clouds. It requires us to face reality and reap the fruits of this confrontation — the fruits of liberation.

If you manage to establish a daily practice after this course, at some point you might want to join our weekly group meditation sessions, held at the Center. These meditation sessions are particularly stimulating and inspiring as they take place in a group setting and include a short lecture, as well as conversations. They represent an opportunity to clarify doubts, ask questions and hear out other people’s experiences. It’s an introductory conversation with the teacher which becomes more formal at the meditation retreats and thereby takes on a more serious form.

It is also a form of questioning the ground on which one walks — you will discover that, by practicing the method, you are in fact dealing with yourself. When you feel ready, you will deepen your meditation journey by attending meditation retreats — you will start with the one-day retreats and slowly progress to the seven-day retreats. It is said that the seven-day meditation retreat is a kind of formal initiation into Chan practice, and that from that point on you can be considered a practitioner of Chan.

BECOME A MEMBER

Depending on how intensely you want to and are able to get involved in the work of the Chan Center, as well as on your financial circumstances, you can choose between three types of membership — full, associate and sponsorship. All three types consist of payments on a regular monthly basis over a period of no less than a year, and are distinguished by the degree of benefits they bring and — of course — the monthly amount to be donated. With the membership status, you get special discounts for occasional and special activities at the Center — courses, talk cycles, meditation retreats and workshops. By becoming a member you also support the greatest advantage of all — allowing the Chan Center to operate smoothly as a source of spiritual practice for yourself and others. The Chan Center is a nonprofit organization financed by membership fees, Chan practice programs and donations. For the harmonious functioning of the Center, it is necessary that its revenues are not extraordinary (occasional), but regular. All those who participate in the activities of the Center, all those who have taken the Threefold Refuge and the Five Precepts, together with all sympathizers are invited to become members and thereby contribute to its maintenance.

However, membership is not a prerequisite for participation in the Center’s activities. You can also support us by regularly participating in our program as well as / or making donations.

TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP

Associate Membership

Intended primarily for all those who want to support the Center and only occasionally participate in its activities. Includes the possibility of borrowing books from our large library.

The membership fee is paid monthly for at least twelve months and amounts to 50 HRK (7 EUR/8 USD).

Associate members receive a 20% discount on the Center’s programs.

Full Membership

If you’d like to participate in a regular meditation group and join in on our seminars and meditation retreats (taking place several times a year), you can become a full member. A prerequisite for this type of membership is a course in Chan meditation practice. You may also make use of the Center’s library.

The membership is a minimum of twelve months commitment, and amounts to 100 HRK (14 EUR/16 USD) monthly.

Full members receive a 40% discount on the Center’s programs.

Sponsorship

Should you already associate our Chan Center with spiritual well-being, you might see it as an important place to support and decide to make a significant contribution to its financial survival.

In this case, we invite you to join us as sponsors for a monthly membership paid over a period of no less than twelve months, which includes open access to all educational activities at the Center.

It amounts to 250 HRK (35 EUR/41 USD) per month or more.

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VOLUNTEERING

One of the ways in which you can significantly support the Center is by sharing your skills and knowledge through volunteering — after all, the property has 2.6 hectares and consists of five buildings! By choosing to volunteer, you will have fun throughout the day, enjoy a delicious meal and earn some muscle soreness by discovering the charms of activities that are becoming sparse, such as weeding, pruning, plucking, digging, mowing etc.

You will also have the opportunity to be surrounded by beautiful nature and, most importantly, to “hone” your composure and attention while being active; in conditions that resemble everyday life, yet aren’t emotionally charged and therefore much easier to practice in. See the calendar for the dates of our next volunteering opportunities.

DONATE

Our goal is simple: to share the knowledge and the methods of Chan Buddhism, in accordance with Buddha’s principle of generosity and giving (dāna). The recommended donations to participate in our meditation retreats and other programs are extremely affordable. This is thanks to the fact that everyone who participates in keeping the Center alive continuously donates their time and money, so that we can all reap the fruits of these donations and enjoy the results of Chan practice.

By donating, you are helping us create even better content and programs related to Chan Buddhism, wisdom and meditation.

Thank you!

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