Photographs and Information about Taiwan's Culture, Nature and People by Rich Matheson

Fo Guang Shan Monastery / Washington Post

 “Caught in the moment at a Taiwanese monastery” Amber Parcher, Washington Post’s stringer here in Taiwan, wrote a great article about doing a retreat at Foguangshan Monastery.Said to be the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan and certainly one of the best known, Foguang Shan was founded in 1967 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun and has grown into a massive temple complex with the purpose of creating a fertile environment for the propagation, practice and cultivation of Buddhism.
Fo Guang Shan teaches Humanistic Buddhism, a school of Buddhism that seeks to make buddhism relevant in the modern world by applying Buddhist principles to daily life.
In the vein of Humanistic Buddhism, Foguang Shan does a lot of charity work, as this photographer personally witnessed after my wife’s village was devastated by Typhoon Morakot. Most of the village was housed and fed in their activity center while waiting for a more permanent solution.Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s teachings have now spread around Taiwan and the world via their TV station, publishing houses, schools, colleges and branch monasteries.

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