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Welcome to Miao Fa Buddhist Temple

                “Miao Fa” means “Supreme Ultimate Dhamma” in Mandarin Chinese.  Miao Fa is a Mahayana/Chan Buddhist temple founded in 1998 by Venerable Master Tsien Tien.  Our Mother Temple, also called Miao Fa, is in Tainan, Taiwan.  We are open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

                 Our building has an interesting history.  It was originally Third Church of Christian Science, designed by architect William Grey Purcell and built in 1926.  The building was extensively remodeled to conform to traditional Chinese Buddhist temple standards after we purchased it.  It was and is a Portland landmark. 

                Even though we are Mahayana Chinese we consider ourselves international in scope.  People from all ethnic backgrounds, not only Chinese, come here to learn about Buddhism.  And our teachings are not exclusively Mahayana; we also have Theravada (Vipassana) classes.    

                Every Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 our Chinese congregation chants different Mahayana sutras, such as “The Great Compassion,” along with a Dhamma talk.  A vegetarian lunch is served afterwards.  Even if you don’t speak Chinese the prayer books come with English translations that you can follow.  Our Chinese congregation is happy to help you join in the chanting.  At other times of the year we celebrate different Buddhist holidays.  There is a schedule board in the “Happy Buddha” hall that has information about our events during the year.  You can also view our calendar of events on the Chinese language pages of this website.

                The Theravada class, given in English, is on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m.  It consists of a short meditation period and is then followed by a Dhamma talk. 

                 Miao Fa Temple offers many opportunities for personal growth via volunteering and charitable giving.  You are warmly invited to join us in learning and practicing the Dhamma.  Amitofo! 


Miao Fa Temple address: 1722 S.E. Madison Street, Portland OR 97214