Chung Tai International Retreat Center

中台國際禪修中心

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Chung Tai, the world’s leading Buddhist monastery, plans to build the Western Hemisphere’s largest all-purpose Zen monastery in Texas. Its artistic, cultural Buddhist buildings and articles will be priceless assets of the USA and all mankind. This is a historic event, likely to have a great, beneficial impact for one thousand years or more. Its first project of the Texas Pagoda Chan Monastery has been completed. The ensuing project is to build Chung Tai International Retreat Center, whose beauty, peace, and value will be stunning.

It is stated in many sutras that helping construct a Buddhist monastery has unthinkable merits and blessings. Donors will have wealth and health life after life, enjoy the True Teaching and the company of holy beings, and eventually attain enlightenment.

Your support is needed for this great endeavor to come true. As the money received will fund the project and as the living and the deceased will benefit greatly with the blessings of the Three Jewels, we invite you to support our efforts.

You may make offerings to the Buddha, establish Eternal Blessing and Longevity Tablets, Memorial Tablets, and Ash Urn Niches.

A legendary monk - where it all starts

The story of Grand Master Wei Chueh and Chung Tai began in the early 1970s when the Grand Master started his secluded, austere practice in the Yang Ming Mountains close to the Wanli area of Taipei County, Taiwan. He lived under extremely poor and primitive conditions, but practiced the Dharma with joy. Some twelve years later, he had been gradually discovered by passersby and soon had many followers. He then established Ling Chuan Monastery, where his disciples could gather to study Buddhism and practice Chan. In Ling Chuan Monastery, the Grand Master gave lectures and conducted many Chan-7 meditation retreats. Many people were attracted by his straightforward teaching and Chan wisdom. Soon he was known as the master who revived the Chan tradition in Taiwan, and Ling Chuan Monastery was no longer big enough to accommodate all the people who wanted to practice there.

 

Upon the request of all disciples, Grand Master Wei Chueh then founded Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Puli in central Taiwan in 1987. After more than a decade of careful planning and construction, the new Chung Tai Chan Monastery was finally inaugurated on the first day of September, 2001. As one of the largest Buddhist monasteries and organizations in the world, Chung Tai integrates the teachings of sudden enlightenment and gradual cultivation, with the altruistic and ascetic practices of Buddhist traditions. Its architecture embodies modern-day technology and artistry, serving to unify religions, academic researches, cultures, and the arts of the East and the West. The establishment of Chung Tai is also a demonstration of the Grand Master's devotion in initiating an era for the intercommunication of all the religions of the world. Under his guidance, Chung Tai now has established more than 80 meditation centers and branches in Taiwan and abroad in the hope of helping people cope with pressure and restless minds brought by the fast-paced life of today and of bringing a safer and more peaceful world for all the generations to come.

 

In light of the growth of interest in Buddhism and meditation in the United States and as an extension of Grand Master Wei Chueh¡¦s Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Taiwan, Chung Tai Chan Monastery USA (CTCMUSA) was established in February of 2004. Supported by Chung Tai in Taiwan and local Buddhist communities, CTCMUSA has acquired a property of 500 acres in Shepherd, Texas and plans to develop an international meditation retreat center for local as well as international practitioners to have a serene environment to study Chan/Zen, meditation, Buddhist teachings, and the altruistic practice of Bodhisattvas.