Wei Chueh

Wei Chueh
Religion Chan Buddhism
Lineage Linji school
Nationality Chinese
Born 1928
Xikang (modern Sichuan, China)
Died April 8, 2016(2016-04-08) (aged 87–88)
Senior posting
Based in Taiwan
Title Venerable Master or Grand Master

Wei Chueh (Chinese: 惟覺法師; pinyin: Wéijué, 1928 – April 8, 2016) was a Chinese bhikkhu (Buddhist monk) from Taiwan. He is the founder of the Chung Tai Shan monastery and Buddhist order. Wei Chueh is often credited for reviving the traditional teachings of Chan Buddhism.

Wei Chueh was born in 1928 in Xikang (modern Sichuan), In 1963, he was ordained under Master Lin Yuan at the Shi Fan Da Jue (“Great Enlightenment”) Chan Monastery in Keelung, Taiwan.[1] He was fully ordained as a monk in 1967 at Daijue Temple in Keelung. He offered many retreats in Yilan, Hsinchu, and Hong Kong before settling into solitary seclusion at Yangmingshan near Wanli District, New Taipei.[1] He lived under extremely poor and primitive conditions, but continued to practice the Dharma. In 1987, he founded Lin Quan Temple in Taipei County.[1] Wei Chueh became known for organizing seven-day Zen retreats and dharma assemblies, as well as his "lively and flexible" preaching style.[2] As his popularity increased, his temple was unable to fit more people.

Due to the continuing growth of both lay disciples and monastic disciples, he planned to build a larger monastery in Puli in Central Taiwan. The Chung Tai Chan Monastery was inaugurated in September 2001.[1]

Ven. Wei Chueh was one of eight venerables who proposed the World Buddhist Forum in China in 2004, a suggestion that won support from Buddhist circles in countries like Japan and South Korea.

In 2005, the Grand Master appointed his disciple Jian Deng to be the abbot of Chung Tai.

The venerable Wei Chueh died at the age of 88 on April 8, 2016.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Buddhist Grand Master Wei Chueh dies". Taipei Times. 10 April 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  2. Lu, Kang-chun; Chen, Jay; Wu, Lilian (9 April 2016). "Founder of Chung Tai Chan Monastery passes away (update)". Central News Agency. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  3. "Founder of Chung Tai Chan Monastery is dead". Central News Agency. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
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