Chung Tai Chan Monastery locates in Puli of Nantou. Chung Tai Chan Monastery's designation of the construction started since 1990 through out a decade. The accomplishment ended in 2001. The construction of the building combined both Chinese and Western styles. The famous architect, Li Tsu Yuan, designed it. It became the belief center of many Buddhism. The visitors or the crowd of believers come to visit because of its fame. Architect Li Tsu Yuan charged the layout of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Its adoption was the different law which means the great scale to reach exceptive sight affect. And the temple was built with perpendicularity development instead of Chinese traditional temple's horizontal extension mode. The main structure of the bodybuilding was stone. It represented the firmness of seminar and the eternal changeless. Looking at the bodybuilding from the side is like a saint seating in the green woods. The main side of the bodybuilding is like the due out of the jet plane. It represents realize suddenly from heart, straight become Buddha of the supremacy heart law. The design contains the new create of generation and extension of the ancient Zen. Chung Tai Chan Monastery's main abbot who started the temple was the old monk, Shang Wei Hsia Chueh. The old monk was Szuchuan camp mountain county people. When he was 30 years old, he became a monk, cloister, and tonsure in Shih Fang Temple in Keelung. He became the disciple of the old monk, Shu Yun. He has been closed to border through the Auspice temple in Yulan, the Yuan Ming Temple in Hsinchu, the big island mountain in Hong Kong, and so on. He came back to Taiwan from Hong Kong during the end of 1971. He lived in the small and simple thatched cottage, which were bought by the people in Shih Ting in Taipei. He then continued his studying of the Zen. During 1985 and 1986, the inner prosperous road built by the Yangming Mountain(Yangmingshan) National Park. More and more passengers knew this. Later on, more and more visitors become the disciples. And throughout the disciples to the people, the old monk's celebrity is passing each day. Until now the disciples have reach to more than one hundred thousands.
Nantou is always famous for its mountain sight, especially Puli, which located in the center of Taiwan's geography. It is the main center of many types of scenery. Chung Tai Chan Monastery's bodybuilding contains Wu Hua changes, Gather lives, education, art learning, art, science. The building of the temple, the statue of Buddha, the fresco, the color paints, the carving structure, the calligraphy and etc, all of these form the content of the art. They show the real truth, the real nice and the real beauty of the spirit of Buddha. All of these are the art and the unimposing. Making a trip of Chung Tai Chan Monastery, you will feel the relaxation. It is just like a heart spirit bathing. You can also gain the peace in your heart.