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Fo Guang Shan Headquarter
Master Hsing Yun has inspire the selfless devotion of over 1,000 monastic as well as the ardent support of many lay devotees to assist him in bringing confidence, joy, hopes, and providing service to countless others since the Master founded Fo Guang Shan in 1967. Presently, Fo Guang Shan has more than 200 branches scattered throughout the world with the purpose of carrying out the goals of propagatingHumanisticBuddhism.
The essence of Fo Guang Shan is to
- Nurturing talents through education
- Propagating the Dharma through culture
- Benefiting society through charity
- Purifying people's minds through cultivation
Fo Guang Shan has evolved from a mountain-top bamboo forest in its early days to one of the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan and recognized internationally as a Buddhist religious center. It has been dedicated since its very inception to the establishment of Pure Land on earth. By striving to bring to others faith, happiness, hope, and comfort from sorrows, Fo Guang Shan works to actualize a dynamic and humanitarian Buddhism appropriate for the contemporary world.
Chung Mei Temple, Houston, Texas
Chung Mei Temple is the newest addition to the existing Fo Guang Shan's IBPS Houston branch in Texas. The temple served as a center for Buddhist devotees to continue propagating the Fo Guang Shan's Four Essence so that the establishment of Pure Land on earth through Humanistic Buddhism can be achieved.
The Fellowship Center is the first of many buildings that will make up the Chung Mei Buddhist Temple. The Center houses the temple's Main Shrine, museum, library, classrooms, tea rooms and administrative offices. In 2005, the International Buddhist Progressive Society Houston Columbarium was completed to serve as a memorial monument for the deceased and their families, and also to provide a place for reflection to cherishthe memory of the loved ones.
Over the next several years there will be many phases of construction to complete the facility. When completed, Chung Mei Temple will have over 10 buildings including lodges, a school, a worship center, and many more.
The Main Shrine is located at the center of the Fellowship building, which is devoted to Lord Sakyamuni Buddha, the Great Teacher of Buddhism. Right of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha is the Medicine Buddha and on the left is the Amitabha Buddha.
There are numerous colorful Buddhas (Enlightened Beings) and Bodhisattvas (Compassionate Beings) lining on the sidewalls surrounding the Main Shrine. This architectural design is adopted from the Tung Huang cultural style.
Important ceremonial functions such as the Wesak Day (Buddha's birthday), Buddhist wedding ceremony etc. were held in this hall. In addition to ceremonial functions, the Main Shrine also served as a place of worship for the devotees.
The Temple houses a museum of international, historic, cultural, and artistic exhibitions. Visitors are welcome to visit the museum at any time during normal business hours. The exhibitions are rotated throughout all the international Temples several times during the year. This is to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the many different artistic expressions that have made their way to Fo Guang Shan.
The gift shop is a place where visitors can browse through many items available for sale at the Temple. There are books, CDs, audiocassettes, and videos about Buddhism, its history and culture, available for purchase. The gift shop also carries unique, one-of-a-kind items such as malas and prayer beads that are handcrafted by the monks and nuns at the Headquarters in Taiwan. Statues and carvings of the Buddha are on display in the gift shop and are available for purchase. Shopping at the gift shop allows you to be sure that the items you are purchasing have been blessed and carry with them the light of the Buddha.
The Chung Mei Temple has a library available for visitors and practitioners. There are more than 500 books in English, Chinese, and other languages along with audiocassettes, CD's, and videos. These items cover many of the teachings of the Buddha and the history of Buddhism. A number of the books, CDs and audiocassettes found in the library are for sale in the Gift Shop.
There are several classrooms located in the Fellowship Center. Various classes on Buddhism,vegetarian cooking, yoga, chanting and tai-chi are taught here.