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Grand Master Wei Chueh
Founding Abbot of Chung Tai Chan Monastery

When Buddha attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree, he realized that all sentient beings possess inherent Buddha nature but cannot attain it because of their attachments and defilements. Grand Master, Venerable Wei-Chueh resolved to pass on Buddha's teachings so that all people can see their true nature and attain enlightenment.

From living in isolation in a single small hut to the founding of Chung Tai, an awe inspiring monastery, from 4 ordained sangha and 300 lay disciples in 1987 to over 1,000 ordained sangha and hundreds of thousands lay disciples today, Grand Master Wei-Chueh has revived the Chinese Cha'n (Zen) tradition in Taiwan and has tirelessly brought the Buddha's teachings to those in need. An heir of the Linji (Rinzai) lineage, the Grand Master's teaching is straightforward, flexible, and timeless. A word, a gesture, or even silence inspires students.

Words of Wisdom from Grand Master
  • The mind is Buddha. When there are desires, vexations and attachments in the mind, this Buddha becomes a sentient being. When this mind is pure, a sentient being becomes a Buddha.
  • If you cannot assume responsibility for your own cultivation or endure its trials and hardships, then you are at best studying Buddhism, not practicing it.
  • No matter how much external circumstances change, if we can see through and let go of vexations, delusions, and attachments, with the mind always in equanimity and suchness, having clarity and true understanding - that is Zen.
  • Prosperity and adversity both facilitate our cultivation.  They are expedient means for our cultivation. Prosperity fulfills us; adversity disciplines us.
  • If we face suffering without worry then we can remove karmic hindrances, settle disputes, turn our enemies into friends, and be united in the Dharma family.
  • With respect we eradicate arrogance, with compassion we extinguish anger, with harmony we eliminate violence, with truth and sincerity we eradicate deceit.
  • The riches and honor in this life are fleeting, like the dew on the flower, evaporating when the sun rises.  The only true prosperity in life is when the mind is pure, clear, and content.
  • Vexations and joy are only within one single thought. The key is, when faced with problems in life, can your mind maintain tranquility, will you have the wisdom to understand and observe accurately?
  • The one key word in practicing the Way is tolerance - to endure patiently and accept suffering.By accepting suffering, we eliminate suffering. This eradicates karmic hindrances, and prepares us for supreme enlightenment.
  • Purity of mind is to be away from the mind of delusion.& The Diamond Sutra says, "the mind moves freely without attachment." That is the mind of purity!


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