Desert Zen Center - Ch�a Thi�n �n

"I, myself, took the Bodhisattva Vows and made the vow, "Life after life, after life, after life, I will continue my practice and continue my work." 

And I imagine maybe in the next few years or so, I'll know if all of this is true or not. And if it's not, I'm coming back with a vengeance, so I'm giving you all a heads up!  And with all my heart, I sincerely believe this with all of my heart...

I am 100% confident that the life force continues, on and on and on and on."

Bhante Suhita Dharma, 7-28-2012
                                                     as quoted by Ven. Sunyananda Dharma 

a Zen Buddhist temple dedicated to teaching meditation to everyone

New Year 2014  
In this issue:
Sunday Service
Schedule 2013
Bhante Suhita Dharma
Roshi's Info
New Year


Dharma Class

Sunday morning
9:30 a.m.

 Thich An Giao Roshi will teach an introductory, lecture-style class,
Please join us


Sunday Service

**11 a.m.**
Dharma Talk

  5 - Roshi
Roshi travels to IBEC
12 - Su co
 IBEC Dharma Talk cancelled
19 - Sa di Tam Hy
26 - Roshi
Reaffirming the Precepts

Service is followed by fellowship and light refreshments


Can't make Sunday Service?


Visit the Dharma Talk Archive at  



Thursday Nights
7 p.m.

Two 30" periods of zazen/seated meditation and one short period of kinhin/ walking meditation in the Zendo, followed by brief discussion & tea in the Sangha Hall.

If you are interested in learning to chant and play the instruments, please tell Roshi. 
Please join us


Schedule 2014

Days at Temple      
March or April,  

Tentative Sesshin:    
May, October,  
As we move into the new year, plan for events to occur on the *2nd Saturday* of each month: retreats, workshops, work days, field trips or ???

Everything changes...
schedule on our website calendar. 


Dharma Talks
White Lotus Dharma Center

Roshi & Su co will be giving Dharma Talks in English in Garden Grove

On the 1st Sunday of each month: Roshi will speak from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Every other Month, starting in March, Su co will speak on the 2nd Sunday of each month (March, May, July, September, November) from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.  



Mala Workshop & lunch   
Saturday, January 10th,  
9 a.m. to 12 noon  

With Sa di Tam Vui Mung (Ananda) 

(can continue after lunch, if there is interest) 
Pilgrimage in Photos 
February 8th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  
Eric Reed will share the images and stories of his 2013 Buddhist Pilgrimage in India, Nepal, Cambodia, and points East. 

Photos Portal   


The Most Venerable H.T.
Th�ch �n Duc,

Bhante Suhitananda Dharma Mahathero,

known by most, simply, as  Bhante Suhita, stepped off the wheel in the early morning of December 28th at Chua Dieu Phap in San Gabriel, California,

Bhante Suhita was the first American monastic disciple of The Most Venerable H.T. Th�ch Thi�n �n and was designated as his Dharma Heir.
Bhante as shown on the DZC Dharma Hall mural, painted by Donna Post.

He was the first African American to be ordained a Buddhist monk.  After the death of Thay Thi�n �n, Bhante went on to obtain ordination in the Theravada (Sri Lankan), and Varjayana (Tibetan) traditions. He was known for doing "what needed to be done," doing it well and thoroughly. 

Bhante came to Buddhism after training as a Trappist monk (Catholic).  He was originally ordained as a monk at the Interantional Buddhist Meditation Center in Los Angeles, California.

He worked for many years as a Social Worker and shared his knowledge and training toward social justice in many areas.  A few highlights are his work with Vietnamese refugees who came to the United States after the Fall of Saigon, with the homeless and the hopeless, with hospice, including during the AIDS crisis, with the incarcerated and ex-offenders, struggling meditators and, always, with people of color (all colors).  

Bhante worked tirelessly to propagate the "Buddhayana" of Thay Thi�n �n, collaborating with and teaching inter- and intra- religious groups to foster metta (Loving Kindness), karuna (compassion) as well as meditation - on the cushion and in the world - across all social and cultural divisions.  He united many, divided none, as a consistent advocate for social justice and kindness to all.

In recent years, Bhante had established a Buddhist center and hermitage in Juarez,  Mexico.  He would commute on a monthly basis between his sangha in Juarez and his Sangha duties at Chua Dieu Phap in San Gabriel.  He is much missed, much beloved.

Bhante Suhita was Roshi's elder Dharma brother.  They spoke and visited as opportunity and proximity permitted, both saying it wasn't often enough.  Bhante was planning to visit Desert Zen Center during the last week of 2013 and, in truth, I believe that he will be "in residence" with us as long as our thoughts, our memories, our love for him continue.  Stop by his photograph on our altar to pay your respects and, perhaps, let Roshi spin you stories. 

Bhante Suhita was a most extraordinary, oh-so-ordinary monk.
Funeral & Memorial services are being held in San Gabriel and Alhambra on the 11, 12, & 15th of January. We will also continue to hold a series of memorial services at DZC.   

Click here for Official Funeral & Memorial Service Information

Photos and Commemorations from Bhante Suhita's Page on Facebook

The formal biography has not been published as yet.
Su co is responsible for any errors and all the omissions in the above.  Palms together at the heart.

Like a Lotus - Photo by Eric Reed

please note: Roshi's new email address

Solar New Year is already here;
Lunar New Year arrives January 31!

Happy New Year

more about New Year & Dharma Protectors in our *next* newsletter.

Desert Zen Center                                                    
Th�ch �n Gi�o
Roshi                                                           email:

10989 Buena Vista Road                                                    (760) 985-4567

Lucerne Valley, CA 92356-7303

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