Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fo Guang Shan, Dong Zen temple

I had recently visited the Fo Guang Shan, Dong Zen temple in Jenjarom, Kuala Langat. This place was by far the largest monastery I'd seen so far with immense structures and architecture erected. There was also a beautifully landscaped garden that even grew orchids at such low altitudes (just imagine the cooling needed).

Lookit how huge it is!
A beautiful gateway enveloped in creeper plants

This tree is flooded with wishes of people that hope for miracles, just a glimpse of its canopy shows just that!

There was even a huge stage erected, the Chinese call this "koh tai", for use during occasions

The beautiful Lumbini Garden of Dong Zen

Here's a panorama view of the gardens

And as mentioned, the orchids with their intricate cooling system

This was a special hall dedicated to the lord Buddha. It was beautifully lighted and air-conditioned. There was also a sign at the door which states "no incense beyond this point"

Finally, a map to the entire compound of the Fong Guang Shan, Dong Zen temple. Huge ain't it?

Upon my return, it was sine qua non to this blog that I Google'd the FGS monastic order for a more in depth look. And here's what I found :

From Wikipedia :

Fo Guang Shan (Chinese: 佛光山; pinyin: Fóguāngshān; literally "Buddha's Light Mountain") is an international Chinese Mahayana Buddhist monastic order that has gained a worldwide presence, and has chapters around the world. The headquarters of Fo Guang Shan, located in Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The organisation itself is also one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan. The order also calls itself the International Buddhist Progress Society.
Founded in 1967 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, a renowned Chinese Buddhist monk and scholar, the order promotes Humanistic Buddhism, a modern Chinese Buddhist philosophy developed through the 20th Century, and made popular by this and other modern Chinese Buddhist orders. Humanistic Buddhism aims to make Buddhism relevant in the world and in peoples lives and hearts. Like most modern Chinese Buddhist organizations, the ordination lineage is from the Rinzai Zen (Chinese: 臨濟宗; pinyin: Línjìzōng) school. However, Fo Guang Shan declares clearly that it is an "amalgam of all Eight Schools of Chinese Buddhism" (八宗兼弘), including but not limited to Pureland. In this sense, it is a monastic order, and not a doctrinal school of thought per se.

And here's a link to some pictures on fotopages of the FGS : http://enzochang.fotopages.com/?entry=372743

It's prevalent that the FGS is a worldwide order and I'd just witnessed one of it's many monuments :)


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