Chung Tai Shan

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Chung Tai Shan
FounderWei Chueh
TypeBuddhist Monastic Order
HeadquartersChung Tai Chan Monastery
Chung Tai Shan
Traditional Chinese
Literal meaningInner Tai Mountain

Chung Tai Shan (Chinese: 中台山; pinyin: Zhōng tái shān; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tiong-tai-san) is a Taiwan-based international Chan Buddhist monastic order founded by the Ven. Wei Chueh in 1987. The monastery headquarters, Chung Tai Chan Monastery (or Chung Tai Chan Buddhist Temple, 中台禪寺), completed in September 2001, is located in Puli, Nantou County, in central Taiwan. It is the tallest and one of the largest monasteries in both Taiwan and the world, having a height of 136 metres (446 ft).[1] Widely admired as an architectural masterpiece because of the mountain monastery's more modern look, the temple is second only to Fo Guang Shan's monastery in physical size and in the number of ordained disciples.

The temple follows traditional Chinese Chan teaching, emphasizing sudden enlightenment and gradual cultivation.


Chung Tai Chan Monastery has established more than 90 meditation centers and branches in Taiwan and abroad, including branches in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, and Thailand.

United States of America[edit]

Eight Branches of Chung Tai Shan are in the United States

  • Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale, CA [1]
  • Buddha Gate Monastery in Lafayette in the East Bay, CA [2]
  • Middle Land Chan Monastery in Pomona, CA [3]
  • Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, TX [4]
  • Chung Tai International Retreat Center in Shepherd, TX [5]
  • Buddha Mind Monastery in Oklahoma City, OK [6]
  • Buddha Jewel Monastery in Seattle, WA [7]
  • Dharma Jewel Monastery in Atlanta, GA [8]


  • Hua Yi Si (Monastero Hua Yi) in Rome, Italy [9]


  • Pudong Chan Monastery in Osaka, Japan [10]
  • Ocean Sky Chan Monastery in the Manila, Philippines [11]
  • PuGuang Meditation Center in Hong Kong [12]
  • Great Buddha Monastery in Bangkok, Thailand [13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SkyscraperPage - Chung-Tai Buddhist Temple".

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