1967~1969

Year Month

Event

Photo

1967

Fo Guang year 1
May

In order to glorify the Dharma, Master Hsing Yun purchases more than 30 hectares in Ta Shu Township, Kaohsiung County as the site for the construction of a monastery. During the groundbreaking ceremony at Fo Guang Shan on May 16, Master Hsing Yun establishes the following objectives for the monastery: spread the Dharma through culture; cultivate human talents through education; benefit society through philanthropy; and purify the mind through cultivation. Construction of dormitories for Eastern Buddhist College begins.

July

Master Hsing Yun takes over responsibility for the Lan Yang Institute for the Poor, previously run by an Ilan Christian organization. He takes into his care more than 100 destitute senior citizens. Plans are immediately made for the construction of Ching-she Retirement Home and Great Mercy Childrenˇ¦s Home.

October

Shou Shan Buddhist College moves to Fo Guang Shan, changing its name to Eastern Buddhist College. At the collegeˇ¦s first graduation ceremony 20 students graduate, among them are Venerables Tzu Chia, Tzu Yi, Hsin Ju, and Yi Yen.

1968

Fo Guang year 2
December

The dormitories for Eastern Buddhist college are completed.

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1969

Fo Guang year 3
March

Venerables Tzu Hui, Tzu Chia, and Tzu Yi go to Japan to pursue advanced degrees, becoming the first Fo Guang Shan disciples to study abroad.  Since then, Fo Guang Shan monastics have attended colleges and universities in Japan, Korea, India, America, England, France, and Brazil.

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1970-1978 / 1979-1984 / 1985-1988 / 1989-1992 / 1993-1994 / 1995-1996 / 1997-2000

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