“The Buddha Dharma exists for this world; there is no enlightenment apart from this world.”
To establish a Pure Land on earth, Chung Tai is actively involved in bringing the wisdom of the Buddha to local communities.
Establishing Meditation Centers
to Promote the Chan Way of Life
To bring the benefits of Buddhism to the busy people of today, the Grand Master has led members of Chung Tai to establish Chan meditation centers across Taiwan and overseas. Over 90 such centers have been established in Taiwan. Chan centers have also been established in the United States, Italy, Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Thailand. These urban centers offer adult and youth meditation and Buddhism classes, conduct regular Dharma services, as well as programs in Chinese calligraphy and painting, flower arrangement, vegetarian cooking, and choir. Chung Tai has also built libraries and art centers to enrich local communities.
to Benefit from Buddhism
Each year, Chung Tai Chan Monastery conducts seven-day meditation retreats, camps for children and college students, and various Dharma ceremonies and services. It has established a “Chung Tai World” website and publishes monthly Chung Tai Shan Magazine as well as books on Buddhism for free distribution. It founded Chung Tai Museum, and has held symposiums and meetings on world religions, cultural exchange, Buddhist studies, and the arts, thus opening many avenues for the public to come to know and learn from Buddhism.
Based on the Buddhist spirit of equality and liberation of all beings, the Grand Master has led the Sangha and lay disciples in various relief efforts to help those impacted by the devastation of natural disasters, such as the severe 1999 earthquake in central Taiwan, the South Asian tsunami disaster in 2004, the Sichuan 512 earthquake in 2008, and the 2009 Taiwan flood. Chung Tai also provides hospice and funeral services, offers dedications to the deceased, establishes education funds for aborigines, and makes donations to schools, public services and communities. This reflects the spirit of “bodhisattva practice in this world.”