Chung Tai adheres to the Sixfold Harmony dictated by
the Buddha—physical harmony in communal living, oral harmony
in having no dissensions, mental harmony in mutual rejoicing,
moral harmony in observing the precepts together, doctrinal
harmony in understanding of the Dharma, and economic harmony
in sharing goods. These are the guiding principles in the
regulation and organization of a harmonious Sangha (of ordained
Dharma Masters and lay disciples).
Sangha Administration and Dharma Services
Chung Tai is like a self-sufficient microcosm where the Sangha works harmoniously, practicing in the Chan tradition: “Walking is Zen (meditation); sitting is Zen; in speech or silence, in motion or stillness, the mind is at peace.” The resident Sangha units include: Office of Monastic Affairs, Office of Ceremonial Affairs, Reception Office, Secretariat, Center for Publication and Learning, Library, Cultural Exhibits Center, Communications and Information Systems, Kitchen, Dining Hall, Merit Field (Organic Farm), Vestments, Laundry, Construction Office, Design Department, Landscaping, Environmental Protection, Security, Transportation, Auto Repair, General Affairs, Ceremonial Supplies Room, and others.