MAIN SHRINE

The Main Shrine is the heart of the temple and is called “The Treasure Hall of the Great Hero.” It is dedicated to the founder of Buddhism, Sakyamuni Buddha. This Shrine is where monastics perform services and practitioners chant sutras or offer reverence to the Buddha.

The Main Shrine depicts three Buddha statues. The central one is Sakyamuni Buddha, on the right side is Medicine Buddha, and on the left side is Amitabha Buddha. Many colorful miniature Buddhas carvings line the sidewalls surrounding the Main Shrine to signify that the Buddha-nature is within everyone’s heart and exists everywhere.

SAKYAMUNI BUDDHA

The Sakyamuni Buddha was born as Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Sakaya Clan in Hindustan, India. He renounced the world not for His own sake or convenience but for the sake of suffering humanity. The renunciation of Prince Siddartha at that early age was the boldest step that a man could have ever taken. The name “Buddha,” which means “Awakened One,” was given to Him after He attained Enlightenment. The Buddha was a unique human being who was self-Enlightened, was not a mythical figure but an actual, historical personality who introduces the religion known today as Buddhism. He taught for around forty-nine years and built a large following, both monastic and lay. His teaching illuminates the way for humankind to cross from a world of darkness, hatred, and suffering to a new world of light, love, and happiness.

MEDICINE BUDDHA

The Medicine Buddha is known as Bhaisayaguru in Sanskrit. He is described in the Medicine Buddha sutra as the Buddha, who took twelve great vows after the attainment of the Enlightenment. He is regarded as the Buddha of the Eastern Pure Land of Crystal Radiance.

The Medicine Buddha is mostly worshiped in Mahayana Buddhism. In this form of Buddhism, He is regarded as the Buddha of healing and medicine, a doctor who cures suffering using the medicine of his teachings. Therefore, the Buddhists worship Him to ease out their illness and suffering. In Chinese Buddhism, the Buddhists recite the mantra of Medicine Buddha to overcome mental, physical, and spiritual problems. Not only do people recite this mantra, but they also recite the name of the Medicine Buddha.

AMITĀBHA BUDDHA

The Amitabha Buddha is the Buddha of infinite qualities, resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a bodhisattva. His name indicates the idea of eternal light and life. He presides over the Western Pure Land, where he gives unbounded happiness to all who call upon his name. This ability comes from his forty-eight vows, especially the eighteenth vow, in which he vows to refuse Buddhahood until he has saved all living beings. Except for those who commit the five unpardonable sins or blaspheme against the faith, the gift of unbounded happiness is available to all people regardless of status or position in life. This openness and acceptance have made belief in the pure lands one of the significant influences in Mahāyāna Buddhism. While his Paradise is theoretically only a stage on the way to rebirth in the final joys of Nirvāṇa, it is considered as the final resting-place of those who chant Na-mo A-mi-to-Fo.

Library

Visitors and practitioners alike are welcome to read and enjoy a quiet moment in our library. More than a thousand books are available, including Buddhist Canons, Sutras, Encyclopedia, Arts and history books for those who wish to expand their knowledge of Buddhism. Various best sellers are being translated into English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Korean, and a dozen other languages to spread the wisdom equally around the world.
By developing a habit of reading, we can change our temperament, improve self-image, with better self-reflection, and expand our knowledge and lifestyles.” Venerable Master Hsing Yun wrote, “I always share and discuss an inspiring article with visitors and disciples, that usually lead to solving of their worries and generating happiness.”

Classroom

The Chung Mei Temple’s classrooms are the site for a variety of classes, including Tai-Chi, Children’s class, singing, art, choir, Buddhist instruments practices, and so on. The classrooms are also used to host events like Dharma talks, conferences, meetings, cultural exchanges, and tours.

Exhibition Hall

The temple has a collection of Buddhist artifacts that are displayed in the exhibition hall. Visitors are welcome to visit the museum during normal business hours. The exhibitions are rotated throughout all the international Temples several times during the year. Special events like photography shows, art and painting galleries and so on will also take place in the avenue from time to time.

Chan Garden

We offer a serene garden that people may enjoy. One that is both religious in spirit and yet possesses natural, scenic beauty. Each statue of the eighteen Arhats and the Bodhisattvas in the garden can provide lessons for people who wish to gain an understanding of Dharma and the practices of the Buddha’s disciples.

Gift Shop

The gift shop offers mementos of peaceful memories from the temple that visitors may purchase and take home. There are books, music, and videos about Buddhism, its history and culture, for those who wish to know more about Buddhism. The gift shop also carries unique, one-of-a-kind items, such as malas (garlands of prayer beads) that are blessed by the venerables at Fo Guang Shan. Exquisite statues and carvings of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas are available for those who wish to enrich their lives with further spiritual practices.

Temple Tour

Chung Mei Buddhist Temple offers guided tours to schools, religious organizations, corporate sponsored events as well as other groups. Starting in 2022, free guided tours are available, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday (Saturday upon request), and run 45 to 60 mins.

For more details are requesting a tour, please click on the link to our Temple Tour request form, fill-in the form, and click on the Submit button (at the bottom of the form) to send your request to us.

Call: 281 495 3100

Email: houston@ibps.org

Address: 12550 Jebbia Lane,
Stafford, TX 77477, USA.