Buddha Memorial Centre in FoGuanShan

Buddha Memorial Center

Buddha Memorial Center in Taiwan

In 1998, Hsing Yun held the Bodhgaya International Full Ordination in India. This drew the attention of Kunga Dorje Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama who had been protecting the last remaining Buddha's tooth relic since the destruction of Namgyal Monastery in Tibet during the Cultural Revolution. The relic itself has been authenticated by several Tibetan rinpoches who had advised Kunga Dorje Rinpoche to build a stupa, but he was unable to do so due to old age. They reached the consensus to donate the tooth relic to Hsing Yun, believing he had the means to build a stupa so the public could pay their respects and make offerings to the Buddha's tooth relic. The relic was officially escorted to Taiwan on April 8, 1998.[1]

Building plans for the Buddha Memorial Center started immediately in 1998 with support from the government. The site is situated immediately behind the main temple and covers more than 100 hectares. The complex faces east and is built along a central axial line. There is the Welcoming Hall, the eight Chinese-styled pagodas that stand for the Noble Eightfold Path, Photo Terrace, Bodhi Square, Memorial Hall, four stupas that symbolize the Four Noble Truths, and the Fo Guang Buddha. The opening date has been set for 20 December 2011.



The newly constructed Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. was recently consecrated. It is built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, and will serve as a hub for Buddhist education and cultural exchange. Photo taken on Dec. 25, 2011 shows the consecration ceremony of the Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center was consecrated here on Sunday. The center will serve as a hub for Buddhist education and cultural exchange.

Buddhists from the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan chant peace prayers, composed by Master Hsing Yun, a well-known Buddhist monk, at the Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 25, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center was consecrated here on Sunday. The center will serve as a hub for Buddhist education and cultural exchange.

Buddhists prepare to chant peace prayers, composed by Master Hsing Yun, a well-known Buddhist monk, at the Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 25, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center was consecrated here on Sunday. The center will serve as a hub for Buddhist education and cultural exchange.

Two Buddhist nuns walk past a gate at the newly-built Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 22, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center is to be consecrated on Dec. 25, 2011. A Buddha's tooth relic will also be escorted here on the same day and enshrined for future worship. With an area that exceeds 100 hectares, the complex consists of various facilities, including a welcoming hall, eight Chinese-style pagodas, a square, a memorial hall and a Buddha statue.

Master Hsing Yun, a well-known Buddhist monk who founded the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order, poses for photos at the newly-built Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 22, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center is to be consecrated on Dec. 25, 2011. A Buddha's tooth relic will also be escorted here on the same day and enshrined for future worship. With an area that exceeds 100 hectares, the complex consists of various facilities, including a welcoming hall, eight Chinese-style pagodas, a square, a memorial hall and a Buddha statue.
 


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