Bao Lin Chan Monastery- Zen Centre of Melbourne

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Bao Lin Chan Monastery- Zen Centre of Melbourne

Bao Lin Chan Monastery- Zen Centre of Melbourne

Tradition/Linage Zen, Chinese
Main School Mahayana
Founded 2001
Teacher(s) Venerable Master Jian Ren
Contact Infotmation
Address 94A High Street
Glen Iris
Victoria 3146
Country Australia
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Phone (03) 9813 8922

Bao Lin Chan Monastery- Zen Centre of Melbourne

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Bao Lin Chan Monastery is the first Chung Tai Chan Monastery established in the southern hemisphere. It celebrated its grand opening on 1st November 2008, more than 200 guests were in attendance. Bao Lin Chan Monastery is situated on block of land in a quiet and beautiful suburban area of Melbourne. The building was originally an old Christian church and it took three years of seeking the appropriate location, extensive planning and renovation to transform the place into what it is today. The monastery is opened to everybody and offers a number of free classes including Chinese and English meditation, children’s meditation, flower arrangement, calligraphy, Mandarin, vegetarian cooking classes as well as various kinds of Buddhist ceremonies. The monastery can be found at 94A High Street, Glen Iris.

Venerable Master Jian Ren, Abbess of Bao Lin Chan Monastery, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters Degree in Statistics. She has served as Vice Abbess for Chung Tai Chan Monastery, Dean of Student Affairs at Chung Tai Chan Monastery and as a board Director at Pu Tai Elementary and Junior High school. Following in the footsteps of the Grand Master Wei Chueh, today Master Jian Ren brings endless wisdom, compassion and equality to the general public in Australia.

Chung Tai Shan

In 1987, Grand Master Wei Chueh built Lin Quan (Spiritual Spring) Chan Monastery in response to his disciples needs for a place of spiritual cultivation and refuge. With an inimitable aura of calmness, a penetrating mind, and the ability to clearly elucidate the profound wisdom of the Buddha, the Grand Master was instrumental in revitalizing Chan (Chinese Zen) Buddhism in Taiwan. Soon Lin Quan Chan Monastery was too small to accommodate the ever-increasing number of followers eager for the Grand Master’s teaching. Following the Grand Master’s compassionate vow to provide a complete environment for all who wish to learn the Buddhist teachings, the design of Chung Tai Chan Monastery began in 1992. After three years of planning and seven years of construction, this landmark building opened its doors on September 1, 2001, initiating a new era of Buddhism dissemination for Chung Tai.

Venerable Master Wei Chueh

Venerable Master Wei Chueh was born in Ying Shan, Sichuan Province of China. In his youth he was educated in the Confucian classics and delved deeply into the study of Buddhism.

In 1963, he was ordained under Master Lin Yuan at the Shi Fan Da Jue (“Great Enlightenment”) Chan Monastery in Keelung, Taiwan. There he arose before dawn each day to clean the monastery hall and courtyard. While others were resting after lunch, he would remain in the Buddha Hall and prostrate mindfully. In all his daily duties and interactions, he was always devoted, considerate, and diligent.

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Venerable Master Wei Chueh

To further his practice, Venerable Wei Chueh went into solitary seclusion for over ten years in the mountains near Wan Li, a suburb of Taipei. Over time, as the area became more accessible, more and more people came to seek the wisdom of this eloquent Buddhist master. His followers then asked him to come out from his mountain retreat to spread the Dharma.

The Master responded by building the Lin Quan Chan Monastery at the very place of his retreat, expanding later to Chung Tai Chan Monastery in the town of Puli in central Taiwan. (To show our utmost respect, we address Venerable Wei Chueh as the Grand Master.)

The Grand Master, in adhering to the Buddha’s aim to teach the Dharma, to show the way to lasting joy, and to promote peace, established Chan meditation centers all over Taiwan as well as internationally.

He is frequently invited to lecture at universities and various organizations. He conducts seven-day meditation retreats every year to help participants realize their intrinsic perfect nature.

In order to preserve the teaching for future generations, he emphasizes the importance of education for Buddhist monks and nuns and thus established the Chung Tai Buddhist Institute to train knowledgeable and qualified teachers of the Dharma. He also founded the Pu Tai Schools (from elementary to high schools), which underscore the values of respect, compassion, and moral integrity in the education of the youth. Furthermore, to promote traditional culture and preserve the Buddhist heritage, the Grand Master also founded Chung Tai Museum.

Beginning at Lin Quan and now Chung Tai Chan Monastery, Grand Master Wei Chueh has provided his vision, inspiration and guidance to hundreds of thousands of followers, monastic teachers and lay people alike. Under his leadership, the essence of Chan teachings has been deeply and widely planted and is bringing the fruits of serenity and wisdom to the world.


Bao Lin Chan Monastery- Zen Centre of Melbourne