Purple Lotus School is a non-profit private Buddhist school dedicated to educating its students on healthy living and teaching the ways of Tibetan Buddhism to its community and students. Located in the heart of Union City, California, PLS strives to use education as a vehicle for enlightened living; students are challenged to think mindfully and they often reflect on life’s obstacles in an effort to build character.
Through Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism, our school emphasizes an environment that promotes the belief that happiness and peace is not an attainable goal, but rather existent as it is. Enlightened living mentioned above is to realize that we have control of our own lives, whether it is our physical, spiritual, or mental state.
The vision for Purple Lotus School is for students to take their education and skills from school and be able to apply it to not just their own lives, but in their interaction with the world around them. May there be peace for you and all those around you.
Om Ma Ni Padmi Hom
Our History -
Purple Lotus School was founded in 1997 by Master Samantha Chou. As the school kicked off its career, many of its students came from families who were members of the Temple. In 1998, Purple Lotus School established a boarding facility to accommodate non-local and distant students. Around 2000, Purple Lotus School created a partnership with Purple Lotus Temple and thereafter had the support of its Board of Directors in supporting school, faith, and financial decisions. A thorough financial audit was conducted in 2002, and shortly after, PLS applied and received full accreditation by the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance. It was in 2005 when Purple Lotus School was granted permission from the United States government to enroll international students. School received accreditation from Western Association of Schools and Colleges [WASC], the foremost worldwide accrediting agency, in June of 2007.
Purple Lotus School was established to fulfill the need to integrate True Buddha School philosophy and practice into 1st through 12th grade education. Such an education will nurture students mindful of continuing the global service modeled by Master Samantha Chou’s own legacy of worldwide philanthropy and enlightened living. As of today, Purple Lotus has had 11 years of graduates whom have moved on to join outstanding higher educational institutions as well as become compassionate, loving and responsible people dedicated to global service.
The wisdom in Buddha’s teachings years ago is applicable to life, regardless of race, gender, orientation or even religious faith. In the teachings lie ways of observing the origin of human unhappiness, and allow ourselves to be able to participate in this world in a manner that brings more purpose and fulfillment in our lives. These ideas can be practiced by anyone.
We teach and educate our students karma and to be responsible citizens, to see how the world can be different when we use a compassionate lens to engage with all living beings. Everyone is interconnected, and we have the same wants – to live fulfilling lives; we have the same fears and fate – age and death. Our students are encouraged to take on the perspective of impermanence, that nothing is lasts, and so to be mindful of the present and understand fluidity in change. A student prepared for success in creating a fulfilling life is a student that can deal with these transitions mentally, physically and emotionally in a seamless manner. In our currents times, this could not be truer.