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Diligent practice is a key to success along the way of enlightenment. Only with diligent practice, one can make progress without being obscured. In fact, perseverance is one of the six perfections of the Mahāyāna Buddhism. Samantabhadra Bodhisattva reminds us, ‘As this day has passed, our lives also come to an end. Like fish bereft of water: such is our joy. Dilegently we must strvie, to save ourselves as we would were our hair aflame. Be mindful of impermanence! Beware of complacency!’ AZC places great emphasis on solid practice. We require that all students should follow our practice on a daily basis. In order to help people practice, we hold morning and evening meditation sessions, as well as 1-day, 2-day and 7-day retreats with intensive practice.

The main practice methods AZC follows is the six-step method, which comprises of (1) being Vegetarian, (2) chanting the Sutra of the Past Vows of the Earth Store Bodhisattva, (3) prostrating in accordance with the "Eighty-Eight Buddha Repentance Ceremony", (4) liberating and feeding animals, (5) conducting at least one good deed a day, (6) reciting the name of the Amitabha Buddha. The six-step method is established following the tradition of Pure Land Buddhism, which is a broad branch of Mahāyāna Buddhism and one of the most widely practiced traditions of Buddhism in East Asia. According to the Sutras, Pure Land teaching effectively suits today's times and the Buddhas' intentions. We also practice meditation in various other forms, including mindful prostration, Pureland meditation, Kshitigarbha sitting meditation, Light and sound meditation, Drawing meditation, etc.
Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva


Eighty-Eight Buddhas Repentance Ceremony (33 minutes)




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