Built in 1989, Jade Buddha Temple covers two-and-a-half acres in southwest Houston and consists of the Grand Hall, Kwan-Yin Hall, the Youth Activity Center, a library, a dining hall, several living quarters, and a lotus pond with a statue of Kwan-Yin as its centerpiece. In addition to serving the religious and spiritual needs of its members, the Temple functions as a Buddhist study and research center for many different educational institutions, including Rice University, University of Houston, the University of Texas, and St. John's School.
The goal is to adopt and practice Buddha's teaching of loving kindness, compassion, joyfulness, and serenity. Jade Buddha Temple offers courses in meditation and yoga. In addition, they serve a delicious vegetarian lunch on Sundays and host numerous special events.