The Founding Abbot of Chung Tai Chan Monastery, Venerable Master Wei Chueh, passed on peacefully, surrounded by his disciples, at 10:31 p.m., April 8, 2016. Our founder devoted his life to Buddhist cultivation, establishing monasteries, and teaching the Dharma in Taiwan as well as overseas.
From today until April 25, our monastery will be temporarily closed to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience and wish to share the following words of wisdom from the Master: “Abide firmly in right mindfulness; follow the nature of awareness.”
The next series of twelve week classes starts April 28. Click here to sign up.
Buddha Gate Monastery offers twelve-week classes of different levels in English and Chinese. The classes progress from the beginning Zen meditation and fundamentals of Buddhism, to advanced sutra studies. Each class meets for about two hours, consisting of meditation practice in the first hour, and a lecture on Buddhist teachings in the second hour. Everyone is welcome. The classes are free; the Monastery is funded by unsolicited donations. Visit our website under “classes” for more details.
Our kitchen at Buddha Gate Monastery is over 50 years old, and needs to be upgraded for improved energy efficiency, work space, and safety.
The blessings and merits of maintaining a monastery are inconceivable. By providing support, you help provide a peaceful environment for everyone to associate with the Three Jewels, understand the Truth, liberate from suffering and obtain perfect wisdom. With a respectful mind, we invite everyone to make offerings to support the Buddha Gate Monastery kitchen remodeling project.
Volunteers form an important part of the Buddha Gate community. You can help the monastery by maintaining the buildings and grounds, working in the kitchen, and preparing for ceremonial events. By generously offering your time to support the monastery you not only accumulate blessings, but also practice patience, compassion, tolerance and working harmoniously with others, thereby developing the Chan state of mind and applying it toward everyday life. The monastery invites everyone to participate in the meritorious volunteering every Sunday afternoon.