“Zhaitang”（齋堂） is where Chai Chiao（齋教） followers pray and hold ceremony. Located in Daxi Town, Taoyuan County, Zhaiming Monastery is a time-honored monastery. Its transformation from Fu-fen Temple, Zhaimingtang, into Zhaiming Monastery, which is part of the Dharma Drum Mountain, indicating its shifting history.
Before the Japanese Movement, Zhaimingtang maintained to be a “civilian religion”, and in the meanwhile, it kept communicate with nearby zhaitangs frequently. As a result, the host of Zhaimingtang was active in Taiwan’s religious circle. In addition, Zhaimingtang also maintained a good relationship with Japanese Buddhist circle. After the Japanese Movement, Zhaimingtang became a temple under the Japanese Soto Shu system（曹洞宗）, and renamed as “Zhaiming Monastery”, which was the survival strategy most temples took during the Japanese Movement.
For a long time, recitation group conducted by Zhaiming Monastery’s hosts have been unique, and been active in Taoyuan, Taipei, and Keelung areas by the means of blessing ceremonies. With recent prevalence of Buddhism, professionalism of blessing recitation, and agricultural population being shrinking, although pupils of Zhaiming Monastery still pray most of them move to cities.Consequently, the monastery’s vitality has been depleted and there is a lack of heir to the tradition of monastery. Whether such situation is general among the development of Taiwanese zhaitangs is worth our attention.