Besides the monastics, lay Buddhists are the temple's Dharma supporters and protectors. They participate in Dharma functions and activities held in the temple. They support and assist in various aspects, including money, time, talent, and effort. A temple is a non-profit organization, thus, the running and maintenance of it largely depend on the donations of devotees. Besides pecuniary support, lay Buddhists contribute by helping with the cleaning, cooking, paperwork, reception duties, etc. They also assist the Monastics with Dharma functions and organizing activities in the temple. In Chung Tian Temple, hundreds of lay Buddhists working as volunteers are regularly involved in the operation of the Temple, and many others serve during major events.