Fo Guang Shan Philippines
managed by G. Jaerisch
Fo Guang Shan (FGS) is a Buddhist monastic order with its origin and founding monastery in Taiwan. The order was founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun in 1967. Since then, it has evolved from a mountain bamboo forest to the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. Fo Guang Shan now has over 200 branch temples across the world.
The objectives of FGS are to promote the principles of Humanistic Buddhism and to foster peace and harmony among all peoples of the world. The founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, has guided this effort by providing educational opportunities, sponsoring cultural events, engaging in community service, and by extensively writing and teaching about the Buddhist path of wisdom and compassion. Venerable Master Hsing Yun emphasizes not needing to "go some place else" to find enlightenment (paradise), for we can realize our true nature right here and now, within this precious human birth and this world. When we actualize altruism,joyfulness,and universality, we are practicing the fundamental concepts of Humanistic Buddhism. When we give faith, hope, joy, and service, we are helping all beings, as well as ourselves.
For nearly half a century, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of FGS, has devoted his efforts in transforming this world, through the practice of Humanistic Buddhism. He reminds us that to transform our world, we must be actively engaged in it. "Community transcends the individual," he says, "and in doing so, fulfills the individual in the most complete way possible." Wherever he goes, he encourages people to unite both the local and global communities into a world of complete equality, joyfulness, and perfect peace.
The goal and its aims are to promote Humanistic Buddhism around the world by the four founding principles:
To propagate Buddhist teachings through cultural activities.
To nurture talents through education.
To benefit societies through charitable programs.
To purify human hearts and minds through Buddhist practices.
This is achieved through a variety of programs, such as universities and colleges, free medical clinics and missions, mobile libraries and other charitable programs throughout the world.
In the Philippines, FGS has four branch temples in Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod and Manila and reguarly provides disaster relief in the event of earthquakes, floods and typhoons.