A cross-cultural, inter-faith organization, Buddhist temple and sanctuary that promotes eco-living, sustainability, and holistic wellness.
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Master Chufei Tsai founded charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations Zab Sang Institute, Heart for Humanity and Zen Village in Miami, Florida in 2000. With over 28 years of experience teaching and counseling around the world, she has gathered all of her knowledge and experience to develop a training program that can benefit people from all walks of life. In her educational practice and experiential training programs, Master Tsai integrates proven historical methods based on ancient wisdom, philosophy as well as other healing systems and adapts them for today’s world with a proven record of beneficial results that allows individuals to heal, restore, and maintain optimum psychological, spiritual, physical and environmental health and wellness.
Through Zab Sang Institute, we provide wellness educator certification through ancient wisdom and modalities, philosophies and spiritual leader training. Our community wellness center and refuge, Zen Village, offers a healing environment open to children, family and elderly, providing education for environmental sustainability, aquaponic edible gardening adoption program and permaculture promoting healthy eating and nutrition, local wellness resources as well as special project events. We offer a City Retreat facility to provide a peaceful and culture-filled setting for individuals to nurture, recuperate and to center their body, mind and spirit. Our Corporate Tao program offers retreats and training to corporate executives and staff to develop and maintain a work-life balance and work ethic, in order to reduce absenteeism, increase focus and relieve stress. The retreat also encourages and teaches methods for peaceful communication and prioritizing goals.
Heart for Humanity provides a support system for a better life by developing and providing educational programs to underserved community, including seniors, students, veterans and victims of trauma, abuse, and crime.
Heart for Humanity participates in the preparation of local farmer’s produce in meals to feed the unfortunate using only green environmentally friendly packaging, distributing food to the West Coconut Grove area, and Downtown Miami areas where homelessness is prevalent.
Master Tsai is always available for anyone who needs counseling, guidance and loving support during life crisis and is organizing a teen mom project through Mother of Pearl bright family program to reach out to young mothers seeking guidance and support.
Master Tsai’s vision is to train more wellness educators to empower and provide them with new career opportunities. Whether growing their for-profit business or donating time and energy to under-served communities, the positive impact these educators make on the community is transformational. Individuals who normally do not have access to this information, will be given the resources and supplemental support they need to empower themselves to heal, restore, and maintain optimum psychological and physical health.
Master Chufei Tsai was born in Taiwan in 1959 and has dedicated her life
to helping others to empower themselves to reach their full potential. During her
teenage years she was trained as a catholic nun and was greatly influenced by
her Grandmother, a great aboriginal healer, and her many artistic uncles.
In 1985, she was appointed as a Master to teach others the Inner Practice
from the Ancient Taoist Tradition, together with the Confucian and Buddhist
philosophies for healing and well-being. In 1985, she founded the Dan Dao
Institute for healing and rejuvenation and the Oriental Culture Institute in Taiwan.
Between 1985 and 1995, she worked with orphanages in the remote areas of the
Himalayas, providing education, hiring teachers, building schools and providing
food and clothing. Master Tsai also provided medical resources and occupational
training for the blind and physically challenged.
In 1988, she met her Guru, His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche who
provided private instruction to her until his death in an automobile accident in
1992. She carried the grief of losing her teacher but continued her studies with
the world renowned great scholar and Yogi, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.
At her teacher’s request and blessings, Master Tsai founded the first Zab Sang
Institute in Taipei, Taiwan in 1993.
Between 1996-2000, she traveled and continued her education in health in
science, psychology and philosophy and worked with scientists in Russia,
Germany and England. In 1997 in honor of her pioneering work, LI-Den Huei the
Taiwanese President asked her to create a program to raise spiritual awareness
to relieve and reduce conflict and violence in Taiwan.
Her focus on the project “Spiritual Renaissance” included the idea of a spiritual
revolution, an awakening of consciousness to the value of human life, which
would bring more tranquility and peace to society.
In 2000, while traveling to Miami in order to visit her parents, Khenpo Rinpoche
asked her to stay in America. She then founded the Zab Sang Institute in Miami
in 2001, where she continues to provide educational and cultural programs and
remains committed to community service.
In 2004, the Dean of Florida International University honored her as a member
of the advisory board for their Spiritual Center. During the same year, FIU
invited her to be one of 12 speakers for the Spiritual Lecture Series. The
Spiritual Lecture Series recognizes the highest teachings and teachers from
each tradition. The leading speaker was H.H. the Dalai Lama. In the same year,
Master Tsai was also appointed as the Chairman of H.H. the Dalai Lama’s Event
in South Florida. In 2006, Master Tsai returned to India for the first time since
her Guru passed away. She visited with H.H The Dalai Lama, The Karmapa and
His Eminence Tai Shitu Rinpoche, from whom she received Rinchen Terzod
empowerment, one of 5 precious treasures of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great.
Rinchen Terzod is rarely transmitted and consists of more than 800 volumes of
hidden texts, most of which are tantric texts that were found by Tertons in the
past centuries throughout caves, mountains and oceans.
Although Master Tsai has been appointed as a Buddhist and Taoist master, she
does not emphasize religion, but rather, she explains how those philosophies
relate to modern life. Master Tsai’s programs have effectively transformed the
lives of people in many different professional fields, including individuals and
companies in the medical, corporate, political, hospitality and education fields.
Through Heart for Humanity, she wishes to empower underserved individuals
to achieve and sustain a healthy and joyful life. She integrates ancient wisdom,
philosophy, medical sciences, psychology and spirituality to achieve that vision.
Master Tsai has gone beyond her traditional academic training and developed
depth and breadth in a number of fields including behavioral studies, stress-
reduction, immunology and women’s health. After many years of study with
renowned Taoist and Tibetan Buddhist Masters, she was appointed as a Taoist
and Tibetan Buddhist Master herself. She is a published author and has been
a teacher and lecturer at numerous Universities and hospitals throughout Asia,
Europe and the U.S.
Master Tsai is currently in the FIU’s advisory board for the Arts and Sciences
Department and a guest speaker of “Highest Spiritual Lectures” series of which
his holiness The Dalai Lama was the leading speaker. She is involved in many
committees of the Miami-Dade Health Department. Her story and that of her
work in South Florida has been covered by NBC6, CNN, Comcast, Miracle
Journey’s magazine, The Miami Herald, the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Sun
Post. Master Chufei Tsai has had over 25 years of experience working in the field
of education. Her method focuses in the inner development of her students. She
teaches the knowledge and skills necessary for them to develop inner strength,
mindfulness, emotional balance, self-healing techniques as well as a deep
appreciation for life.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is a state of complete
physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or
infirmity. Master Tsai’s approach addresses the causes and not the symptoms of
mental instability or physical illnesses and provides techniques that will benefit
an individual throughout his or her life. The purpose of our program is to improve
all aspects of one’s life. Zen Village, sponsored by, Heart for Humanity fills a gap
by providing these skills and knowledge that are essential as a foundation to a
healthy life to individuals who serve the community as well as the communities
that otherwise would not have access to them. Through holistic and ecological
education, experiential training and hands-on techniques, individuals learn
and apply the skills necessary to achieve positive physical, psychological, and
Master Tsai focuses on personal values, individual potential and inner
strengthening. In her lecturing series she emphasizes how to bring ancient
wisdom and practice integrated to enrich and to bring prosperity to people’s life.
We are Zen Village, located in the heart of Coconut Grove, and we are known
to be a unique place of reflection. Our grounds are comprised of a breathtaking
Buddhist temple and sanctuary. Our multicultural, inclusive outlook welcomes
people of all belief systems. On any given day, there are many different activities
and classes taking place here. From sacred tea ceremonies, to Yoga and
Meditation classes, a visit to our site is sure to be full of sacred traditions and
perceptual awareness. We promote community awareness and are constantly
seeking ways to help the community and its members to become more
knowledgeable about themselves and the world around them. Most importantly,
our ideals are those that support eco-living, sustainability, and overall holistic
wellness. Zen Village is a place for people to achieve a more interconnected
sense of their mind, body and spirit. The connection between these is crucial
and catering to our sense of self-goes hand in hand with this notion. We want
you to elevate to a higher state. Essentially, a spiritual transformation awaits
you. You may find your inner complexities to be far more within reach. You may
evolve over time into a much calmer, more peaceful, and overall more balanced
individual. The Zen Village is a place of personal evolution where individuals can
find solace in reflection and find peace in solitude.
Heart for Humanity’s mission is to provide health and wellness education for a healthier lifestyle to under-served populations.
The Heart for Humanity program trains holistic leaders in ancient wellness theory and practices whom then donate their time to work with senior homes and other under-served communities. Individuals who normally do not have access to this information will be given the resources they need to empower themselves to heal, restore, and maintain optimum psychological and physical health.
Zab Sang Institute is a non-profit Eastern Cultural Association and Tibetan Buddhist Temple of the Karma Kagyu lineage. As in the tradition of the singing Yogi Poet, Milarepa, ZSI fosters understanding of the Dharma through simplicity, humor, the practice of meditation, and the evolution of wisdom. We are happy to encourage your journey towards enlightenment.
We offer Classes for adults and children in Buddhist Teachings, Internal Energy Training and Meditation. We also offer Seminars, Retreats, books, CD’s and gift items from Tibet, Nepal and Taiwan. Our Sunday Service from 9am-10am is a wonderful way to uplift your spirit. We welcome you to join us in a spiritual hour of teachings, chanting, meditation, music, dedications and blessings from Master Tsai.
Through Zab Sang Institute’s Evolving Education program, you may become certified in one or several holistic approaches to strengthen community wellness. By being a community leader and wellness professional, you will be trained and provided with a curriculum to facilitate programs and practices.
We are put under an immeasurable level of stress and emotional duress on a daily basis. We have to deal with horrible situations, in which we see and interact with people who are suffering tremendously or who have gone through traumatic experiences. Then we can’t help but to go through some of it ourselves in the process of helping them overcome their pain or resolve their precarious situation.
• Stress Management & Lifestyle Balance Solutions
• Creating for Prosperous & Balanced Living
• Transformations for Peace and Joyful Relations
• Holistic Healing, Disease Prevention, and Pain Management; Inner Qigong Techniques
• Inner Feng Shui for Ultimate Balance and Qigong Rejuvenation
• Holistic Healer Training
• Physiological Therapeutic Meditations
Zen Village invites you to experience the healthy, natural and organic lifestyle of Coconut Grove in a way like no other. A Buddhist Temple where we also offer yoga and meditation classes, we have 3 very serene rooms nestled in a lush and secluded setting. Many guests seek the peacefulness and tranquility that the Zen Village offers.
Perfectly located in the heart of Coconut Grove, Zen Village provides quick and easy access to all the attractions, restaurants and activities. The grounds are beautifully decorated in a very tranquil style with a Koi pond, Tibetan prayer wheel and Stupa.
Our guest rooms offer the experience of a retreat – simple and without distractions. Each room has their own private bath.
The Cherry Blossom Room – $85 per night. Check-in is at 4:00pm and check-out is at 12:00pm.
The Lotus Room – $125 per night. Check-in is at 4:00pm and check-out is at 12:00pm.
The Shrine Room – $55 per night. Check-in is at 9:00pm and check-out is at 8:00am.
Included with your stay is a traditional Asian style buffet breakfast, which features an egg dish, hot and cold cereals, green vegetables and tofu, as well as an assortment of breakfast breads and fresh fruit.
My experience as a volunteer at the Zen Village has opened my eyes to many
different things. When I first visited Zen Village, I sensed the positive energy and
healing atmosphere almost instantaneously. Being able to give back and help
others through this volunteering opportunity has made me feel more at peace
with myself. I sincerely feel inclined to mention that Zen Village is a place for
people of all ages and belief systems. There is something for everyone and the
environment is so distinctly therapeutic and powerful. I have found a newfound
sense of vigor and self-awareness at the Zen Village. I encourage anyone
who wants to better themselves, gain mindfulness, or obtain a higher state of
tranquility, to come to Zen Village and experience it for themselves. Whether
you choose to volunteer, take classes, workshops, certification programs, or
even just stop by to visit the site, Zen Village welcomes you. It is where one can
find ways to tap into his or her inner wellness and achieve a “zen” state of mind.
From personal experience, I know that a personal evolution is attainable through
time spent at Zen Village. Frequenters of the Zen Village are given a chance
to explore their inner state, their strengths and weaknesses, and even their
interpersonal connections with others. With their improved state of mind, and
altered state of perception, individuals can reap the benefits of greater wellness
in every aspect of their lives. Zen Village is where individuals can successfully
find an enhanced sense of wellbeing and consciousness.
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We thank you for supporting our mission to building a better community, through your giving, you may receive more than what you give, through this practice you may bring good merit. We often see the transformation in our volunteers and receive thanks from their families and friends. Come and join us in building a better community! May this bring more peace and harmony to you and those that are surrounding you.
It takes a community to support a village. We are a non-profit organization and are in need of your time and skills as well as your connections towards helping us in the many different aspects of our work. Zen Village has yearly festivals and community wellness events and services. We are in need of your involvement.
Please contact us at 305-567-0165
All donations are greatly appreciated, and tax deductible. Please click the donate button below, which will take you to our Paypal.com site.