Welcome to Chung Mei Buddhist Temple Houston, Texas

Front view of temple

Chung Mei Buddhist Temple was built in the spring of 2001 with blessings from Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the Founder of Fo Guang Shan and the International Buddhist Progress Society (IBPS). Chung Mei Temple is the newest addition to the existing Fo Guang Shan's IBPS Houston branch in Texas. The main building complex houses the Main Shrine, a museum and a gift shop, a library, classrooms, Zen meditation rooms, and our newly renovated tea room. Surrounding the temple is our peaceful and scenic Ch'an Garden. We are also proud to introduce our recently completed IBPS Houston Columbarium, a memorial complex built to cherish the memory of the deceased.

Come and visit us. We are pleased to have you as our guest. There are many activities organized throughout the year for everyone to participate and enjoy. Check out our upcoming activities for more information. If you just prefer enjoying the tranquility of the temple's environment, we recommend you stop by our highly praised tea room and the Ch'an Garden. Either way, we are glad and looking forward for your presence.

Latest News

2015 The Three Refuges and Five Precepts Ceremony

Taking refuge (in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha) is the foundation of having faith in the Buddha and learning the Buddhism. Holding five precepts and achieving ten good are the fundamental of the disciplines. Taking refuge and five precepts with blessing of triple gem (the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha) is to purify body and mind, to understand oneself pure nature and to find the value of life. Fo Guang Shan Chung Mei Buddhist Temple delightedly invites Venerable Hui Dong to preside the ceremony of Three Refuges Five Precepts with Abhiseka since Venerable Hui Dong, Abbot of Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple, will arrive in Houston. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Downloads: 2015 The Three Refuges and Five Precepts Ceremony
2015 Three Refuges and Five Precepts Registration Form

2015 Ancestors Memorial Service

According to Chinese tradition, spring is the time for us to memorialize our ancestors and departed loved ones. For the 2015 Ancestors Memorial Service, the Water Repentance Service will be conducted on Sunday, April, 5th. Merits will be transferred for the good health and prosperity of our loved ones who are still with us and for rebirth in the Pure Land for those who have departed. Everyone is welcome to participate and share in the Dharma joy.

Date Dharma Function Time
4/5 (SUN) Water Repentance Service (Part 1) 10:30am
Offering Ceremony 12:00noon
Water Repentance Service (Part 2) 1:30pm
Water Repentance Service (Part 3) 2:30 pm

Download: 2015 Ancestors Memorial Service

2015 Fo Guang Shan [Chung Mei Cultural Forum] & Chung Mei Buddhist Temple April to June Events

Date Time Subject Speaker Description
April 5
10:30AM - 4:30PM Qin Ming Filial Piety & Ancestors Memorial Service Ven. Hui Fu To promote the virtue of filial piety and ancestors’ memorial – Ven. Hui Fu will preside the Memorial Service with chanting “The Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance.”
April 7 – April 8
(Tue. & Wed.)
7:30PM - 9:00PM “Buddhism Lecture” Avatamsaka Sutra “Avatamsaka Sutra“ (Hua Yan Jing) is the king of sutras. Ven. Hui Fu from Costa Rica will have a Dharma talk. Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn essence of sutras and benefit from dharma.
April 19
8:30AM - 12:00PM Ceremony of Three Refuges & Five Precepts Ven. Hui Dong Respectfully invite Ven. Hui Dong, Abbot of Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple, to preside the ceremony – by taking Three Refuges & Five Precepts with blessing of Triple Gem is to purify body and mind, to understand oneself pure nature and to find the value of life.
2:00PM - 4:00PM “Buddhism Lecture” Understand Oneself Reveal the purpose and path of learning Buddhism – The most important thing of learning Buddhism is to search oneself to really understand the conscious mind for not recognizing wrong from truth by mistake and not worrying constantly.
April 25
10:30AM - 4:00PM Hu Shih Biographical Exhibition – Opening Ceremony and Presentations Mr. Jiang Yongzhen, Professor and Ms. Qin Suyin, Research Associate In memory of Hu Shih’s modern history of cultural and academic, educational outstanding contribution, and the modern Chinese literary movement advocate and leader, the special exhibition has been organized to take everyone back in time to pay tribute to the sages of refined elegance.
April 26 – May 24
(Tuesday through Sunday)
10:00AM - 5:00PM Hu Shih Biographical Exhibition Special Exhibition
May 10
10:30AM - 3:00PM Buddha's Birthday and Mother's Day Festival BLIA Houston On the Buddha's Birthday and Mother's Day, bathing the Buddha and Mother’s Day chanting service have been scheduled. The festival will have special live performances and great prize drawing in the afternoon.
June 21
Belgium Fo Guang Shan Opening Ceremony BLIA Members, who are interested, are welcome to contact the front desk of BLIA Houston about "Trip to Europe."
June 27 & 28
(Sat. & Sun.)
Paris Fo Guang Shan Opening Activities

Fo Guang Shan Chung Mei Buddhist Temple Regular Activities
Sunday 10:30AM - 12:30PM 10:30AM ~ 11:30AM Chanting Service
11:30AM ~12:30PM Venerable Dharma Talk
1:30PM - 3:00PM “Humanistic Buddhism Study Group” Study Guidance by Mr. James Chao

English Buddhism Course - āgama

Course Content  :  āgama
Fee  :  Free of charge
Start Date  :  2013.10.06(Sun.) 1:30~3:30pm
Location  :  Chung Mei Buddhist Temple
Download  :  English Buddhism Course - āgama