As part of a University subject – BCM320 Digital Asia, I have created a group Digital Artefact with my team. As part of this project we went and visited the Nan Tien Temple. This experience was peaceful and inspired myself to further research the Fo Guang Shan and what the objectives of this is.
You can see the group collaboration here – https://digijas.com/2019/10/14/buddhism-spirituality-mudras-and-fo-guang-shan/
Fo Guang Shan is a Taiwan-based international Chinese Buddhist monastic order practicing humanistic Buddhism since its establishment in 1967. Fo Guang Shan’s headquarters in Dashu District, Kaohsiung, is Taiwan’s biggest Buddhist monastery. This organisation is also one of Taiwan’s biggest charities. The Fo Guang was founded by Hsing Yun in 1967 and is renowned for its attempts to modernize Chinese Buddhism. The order is renowned for its technology use and its equipped with the recent machinery.
Under the supervision of Venerable Master Hsing Yung, an internationally recognised pilgrimage site. Hsing Yun is popularly referred to in Taiwan as one of the Four Heavenly kings and Fo Guang Shan is regarded as one of Taiwan’s Four Great Mountains.
The four objectives of Fo Guang Shan can be seen in this infographic:
- To propagate Buddhist teachings through cultural activities:
The Fo Guang Shan Cultural and education Foundation hosts several domestic and global academic conferences and offers world Buddhist examinations to support Buddhist cultural heritage and doctrines. Fo Guang Shan Publishing companies supports the journals – “Awakening the World”, “Universal Gate” and a growing number of Buddhist books, CDs and DVDs. To promote supporters to indulge themselves in the Dharma sea, the primary monetary and numerous branch temples have libraries and bookstores accessible.
- To foster talent though education:
To meet its ideal of benefiting society through the fostering of both religious and secular talents. Fo Guang Shan sponsors an educational system with two main streams: monastic education and secular education. The former includes the Chinese Buddhist Research Institute, Fo Guang Shan Tsung Lin University, East Buddhist College and Advanced Study Department. Students from various parts of the world enjoy free tuition, room and board. Graduates have a wider number of choices, including further study abroad, teachings posts, or service at branch temples. The secular education includes children at affiliated kindergartens and Pumen High School, adult education at the Ruban Buddhist Study Class, Devotee’s Seminar, Short-term Monastic Retreat and Buddhist Summer/Winter Camps for teachers and college students.
- To benefit society through charitable programs:
The Fo Guang Shan Compassion Foundation helps the poor, sick and homeless through offering free medical care at the central monastery and by sending portable clinics to remote villages on the basis of the Buddha’s teaching of loving kindness and his intention to rid the world of its misery.
- To purify human hearts and minds through buddhist practice:
Built on their sense of respect to the Buddha, country, family, and all living beings. Fo Guang Shan’s resident monastics and lay devotees rise daily at 5:30am to perform morning meditation and ritual cleansing activities.
Nan Tien Temple 2019, ‘Fo Guang Shan’, Nan Tien Temple, 2019, viewed 26 September 2019, <https://www.nantien.org.au/en/about-us/fo-guang-shan>
Wikipedia 2019, ‘Fo Guang Shan’, 2019, viewed 26 September 2019, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fo_Guang_Shan>