Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien founded Universal Door Meditation Center in 2003 with a vow:
"HELPING ALL PEOPLE TO REALIZE AND BECOME ONE WITH THE AWAKE MIND WITHIN"
For 18 years, since the day of Awakening (April 8, 2001), with infinite Wisdom and boundless Compassion, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien has constantly open the mind and guide all people to awaken the Awake potential within each person, regardless of race, background or religion, helping them understand, believe, realize the capacity to Awake Up within themselves, and develop the goal to Wake Up, liberating the suffering of birth and death.
In 2013, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien and Zen Master Thich Thong Hoi found Suoi Tu Meditation Center (Dallas) with the same mission. Presently, Zen Master Thich Thong Hoi is the Abbot of Suoi Tu Meditation Center, Dallas, Texas.
Universal Door Meditation Center (Houston) and Suoi Tu Meditation Center (Dallas) are always open, welcoming everyone to come to practice to soon become one with the Awake Mind, liberating the suffering of birth and death.
The 3-day, 5-day, and 10-day residential Awake retreats are held regularly throughtout the year at Universal Door Meditation Center (Houston) and Suoi Tu Meditation Center (Dallas). There are also other retreats and special events are held at different places around the world. All retreats or events regardless of locations are intended to awaken the Awake potential in each person. Please see the Retreat Calendar for information on time, location and registration.
AWAKE MEDITATION CLASSES
Every week, Universal Door Meditation Center offers Awake meditation classes for students to receive the Awake message, practice, experience, go deeper on the Awake path under the guidance of the Awakened Teacher.
YOUTH & TEENS PROGRAM
Awakened Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien always cares and helps the young generation so every week, Universal Door Meditation Center offers a “Youth and Teen" program for children from 7 to 18 years old. The program is very interactive and creative in order to help children open their hearts, easily receive the Awake message from the nuns passing on to them, to help them live harmoniously and happily with everyone, focus on studying, develop their creativity, soon realizing the Bright Mind within themselves. The program includes engaging activities such as Awake practice, sharing, playing intellectual games, crafting, sitting meditation, eating, walking and working in awakening, and practicing singing songs written by Awakened Zen Masters.
With the Wisdom and Compassion of the Awakened One, Zen Master always creates opportunities for children and parents to practice Awake together; therefore, the weekly schedule time 11:00am for every Sunday session is arranged very thoughtfully. The children will learn and practice separately with the youth and teens group in parallel with the class time for the adult students attending the Mind-opening Dharma talk given by the Awakened Zen Master. After the Dharma talk, the children and their parents can enjoy a vegetarian lunch together in cozy and inviting atmosphere. Sunday lunch is wholeheartedly donated by the core students as an opportunity to connect with the Awakened Zen Master.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT WITH AWAKE
Every Saturday, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien gives students and the public an opportunity to participate in volunteer work at the Center to connect with Awake - Please go to the "Volunteer Opportunities to Connect with Awake" page for detailed information.