In 1995, Venerable Zhen Dao bought a unit along Geylang Lorong 12, intending to set up a temple for devotees who wanted to learn about Buddhism. During then, there was very little known about Buddhism. Venerable Zhen Dao devoted his time to teaching devotees and guided them carefully on both Buddha Dharma and Buddhist rituals.
Under Venerable Zhen Dao’s guidance, the devotees of DZL grew in numbers, and soon, there was limited space for conducting major events. Hence, there was a need to move to a bigger premise. This move came about in 2003 to a rented premise along Mohamed Sultan Road. At the new site, more activities were carried out and soon, through words of mouth and the growing awareness of Buddhism, there was a need to move yet again to a larger and more conducive location. Unfortunately, it was also around this period that Venerable Zhen Dao was taken ill and he passed away in 2005, appointing his only disciple, Venerable You Wei to be the next Abbot of DZL.