FO GUANG SHAN HEADQUARTERS
Since its establishment in 1967, the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order has evolved from a mountaintop bamboo forest to the largest Buddhist monastery with its expansive headquarters located in Taiwan. Known for its efforts to modernize Buddhism, Fo Guang Shan (meaning “The Mountain of Buddha’s Light”) has also become an internationally recognized site of pilgrimage under the guidance of its founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun. He has inspired the selfless devotion of over 1,000 ordained disciples as well as gained the ardent support of many lay devotees to assist him in promoting Humanistic Buddhism around the world.
To PROPAGATE BUDDHIST TEACHINGS THROUGH CULTURE
To promote Buddhist cultural traditions and teachings, the Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Foundation For Buddhist Culture & Education hosts a number of domestic and international academic conferences as well as provides world Buddhist proficiency examinations. FGS Publishing House sponsors the regular publication of the periodicals “Awakening the World,” “Universal Gate,” and an ever-increasing series of Buddhist books, CDs and DVDs. The Tripitaka Compilation Department has issued a 16-volume Agama Sutra Collection, an 8-volume Fo Guang Buddhist Encyclopedia, and 51-volume Ch’an Collection.
To encourage followers to immerse themselves in the sea of Dharma, FGS makes libraries and bookstores available at the main monastery and various branch temples. For further dissemination of Dharma to a broad spectrum of listeners, FGS provides public lectures, radio, and television programs. When public lectures are held, attendance frequently fills FGS‘s modern, large-scale facilities to the point of overflow!
To Foster Talent Through Education
In order to meet its ideal of benefiting society through the fostering of both religious and secular talents, FGS sponsors an educational system with two main streams:
Monastic education, and
The former includes the Chinese Buddhist Research Institute, FGS Tsung Lin University, East Buddhist College, and the Advanced Study Department. Students from various parts of the world enjoy free tuition and room and board. Graduates have a wider number of choices, including further study abroad, teaching posts, or service at branch temples.
The secular education includes affiliated kindergartens, elementary and junior high school, high school, universities, devotees’ training, short-term monastic retreats, and Buddhist summer/winter camps for teachers and college students.
Full Ordination Ceremonies have been held multiple times to prepare candidates for membership in the Buddhist order.
To Benefit Society Through CharitY
Based on the Buddha’s teaching of loving-kindness and His desire to rid the world of its suffering, the Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Compassion Foundation assists the poor, sick, and homeless by providing free medical care at the main monastery and by dispatching mobile clinics to remote villages. It distributes clothing and food supplies to the rural poor through the annual relief campaign. It encourages the release of captured living creatures and advocates body organ donation.
The Compassion Foundation has facilities to provide care for anyone from birth to old age and provide aid for sickness and death. The Tatzu Children’s Home was set up for needy and orphaned children from Taiwan and other countries. The nurturing of constructive thought, self-esteem, and positive appreciation plays an important role in the daily upbringing of these children. The FGS Retirement Home provides a peaceful and quiet environment for retired devotees while the Lan Yang Senior Citizens Home has given shelter to more than 820 chronically ill and destitute seniors above 70 years of age for the past 30 years.
To PURIFY HUMAN HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH BUDDHIST PRACTICES
Based on a sense of gratitude towards the Buddha, country, parents, and all living beings, resident monastics and many lay devotees at Fo Guang Shan rise at 5:30 AM daily to conduct the morning services of chanting and prostration. Also, one, three or seven day retreats are held frequently for monastics and laity at meditation centers affiliated with Fo Guang Shan (FGS).
Every week, Fo Guang Shan provides regular Dharma service as a part of the diligent practice of Buddhism. Fo Guang Shan believes that gathering people together strengthens the community of Buddhism.
Throughout the year, Fo Guang Shan schedules special incantation ceremonies to celebrate Amitabha, Bhaisajya-guru, Sakyamuni’s Birthday, Great Compassion Chanting, and the Peaceful Lantern Festival. The programs of sutra recitation and lectures associated with these various ceremonies assist those who wish to achieve the diligent practice of Buddhism, the cultivation of a self-imposed attitude, the roots of benevolence, and the generation of wisdom. Also, pilgrimages are often organized to Fo Guang Shan headquarters from all over the world. During these visits, devotees receive Dharma lectures and classes on Buddhism in the hope of affecting an inner spiritual transformation.
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