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Fo Guang Shan is an international Chinese Mahayana Buddhist monastic order based in the Republic of China (Taiwan), and one of the largest Buddhist organizations. The headquarters of Fo Guang Shan, located in Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The organization itself is also one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan. The order also calls itself the International Buddhist Progress Society.

Fo Guang Shan today has been extraordinarily successful; in the past several decades, temples and organizations have been established on five continents in 173 countries, and now encompasses more than 3,500 monastics. Fo Guang Shan emphasizes education and service, maintaining universities, Buddhist colleges, libraries, publishing houses, translation centres, Buddhist art galleries, teahouses, and mobile medical clinics worldwide.

Social and medical programs

The social and medical programs of Fo Guang Shan include a free medical clinic with mobile units that serve remote villages, an annual winter relief program organized to distribute warm clothing and food supplies to the needy, a children’s and seniors’ home, wildlife conservation areas to protect living creatures, and a cemetery for the care of the deceased.

Educational programs

The educational programs of Fo Guang Shan include four Buddhist colleges, three regular college, and various community colleges. The Fo Guang University was established in 2000. It focuses mainly on the humanities and social sciences. The Chinese Buddhist research institute is subdivided into four separate departments; a women’s and men’s college, and an international and English Buddhist studies department. Tuition fees and lodging are provided by Fo Guang Shan, free of charge.
With the many colleges and universities, Fo Guang Shan also operates Pu-Men High School in Taipei, Jiun Tou Elementary and Junior High School, Humanities Primary and Junior High School, which provides regular curriculum for students. Fo Guang Shan also has nursery schools, kindergartens, and Sunday schools for children.

Religious Affairs Committee

In 1972, Master Hsing Yun established a nine member council, known as the Fo Guang Shan Religious Affairs Committee. These nine members govern the monastery and the order. The members are elected prior to the resignation, death, or the ending of a term of an abbot. Once elected by members of Fo Guang Shan, the votes are openly counted. The nine members then nominate their next abbot.

Objectives of Fo Guang Shan

- To propagate Buddhist teachings through cultural activities
- To foster talent through education
- To benefit society through charitable programs
- To purify human hearts and minds through Buddhist practice

BLIA Guidelines

- Offer others confidence
- Offer others joy
- Offer others hope
- Offer others convenience

(From: wikipedia)

Address: Ta Shu Kaosiung 84010 Taiwan R.O.C. Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA)
Phone: 886-7-6561921
EMail: webmaster@fgs.org.tw
Website: www.fgs.org.tw

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  • Fo Guang Shan Monastery - Taiwan 12 August 2010 17:48, by Julia Lim


    I’m really interested to know how to become a Buddhist Nun at Fo Guang Shan.

    Many many questions in my mind, such as
    - What kind of daily life would it be?
    - Do I have to donate a sum to the temple or what kind of work do I have to do?
    - What is the qualification requirement?


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    • Fo Guang Shan Monastery - Taiwan 26 August 2010 20:25

      Hi Julia!
      Where are you from?
      Can we talk more via e-mail, please?
      It would be great to communicate with you, as we both consider Fo Guang Shan as important for our future.

      Warm greetings :)

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  • Fo Guang Shan Monastery - Taiwan 22 December 2010 05:09, by She Neng


    My name is Erwin and my Dharma name is "She Neng". My wife and I took our precepts at Nan Hua Temple in South Africa.
    We are currently teaching English in South Korea and we would like to visit your Monastry on 01/01/2011 as we would considder it a great privelidge to start the new year at your Monastry.

    We are planning to establish a home for AIDS orphans in South Africa upon our return in Feb. 2012

    Could you please forward the following info to my email address?

    Which airport is the nearest to you Monastry?
    We will be travelling with our three year old daughter, thus we would like to make the trip as easy as possible for her.What would be the cheapest, most reliable transportation to use to get there?
    We need to sleep over at your guest house or a nearby hotel/motel. What would you suggest and how much is it per night?

    Buddha’s Blessings

    Erwin & Fam

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  • Enquiry on short stay at Fo Guang Shan Monastery - Taiwan 27 January 2011 05:07, by Esther Tan

    I & my husband plan to have a short stay at your monastery but we are not sure how to go about booking from Singapore and to get there. Will you please advise?

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  • Fo Guang Shan Monastery - Taiwan 21 February 2012 15:28, by Hay ky Seng


    I have the same questions as those of Julia Lim posted
    12 August 2010.
    I am male.


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