About us

In 1998, the founding abbot of Chung Tai Chan Monastery, Venerable Master Wei Chueh, came to Seattle to teach the Buddha Dharma.  In 2008, ten years later, Buddha Jewel Monastery opened its doors in South Seattle. The spacious meditation hall accommodates all those who are interested. All the classes and events are conducted in both English and Mandarin. No wonder the Chinese media in Washington State calls the Monastery, “The famous Buddhism Center in the Pacific Northwest.”

Since its establishment, Buddha Jewel Monastery has been offering a wide variety of programs including Zen Buddhism classes in different levels, Sutra Study and Youth Classes. There are also monthly Buddhist ceremonies and meditation retreats. These programs represent the untiring efforts of the monastery’s Abbess and Dharma Masters. The number of students has been increasing steadily ever since.

In 2016, the monastery relocated to Shoreline. This beautiful building offers a peaceful and open atmosphere which naturally calms the mind and is conducive to the practice of Chan meditation. Newcomers and long-time students alike feel immensely enriched by what they find here.

The monastics and lay members welcome everyone to join us at our Shoreline facilities. Step inside Buddha’s Jewel and discover the path to enlightenment!