1970~1978

Year

Month

Event

Photo

1970

Fo Guang year 4

December

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1971

Fo Guang year 5

April

The Great Compassion Shrine is built and the image of Kuan Yin is consecrated, marking the completion of the mountain¡¦s first temple. Treasure Bridge, the Kuan Yin Release Pond, Dragon Pavilion, and Hsiang Guang Pavilion are all completed. The Maitreya Buddha image is also consecrated at the same time. About 100,000 people participate in the ceremonies. On this occasion, the Five-Precepts and Bodhisattva Precepts for lay people are administered on the mountain for the first time.

1972

Fo Guang year 6

May

Prime Minister Li Guang-yaw of Singapore and his wife visit Fo Guang Shan.

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1973

Fo Guang year 7

September

Founding of Fo Guang Shan Tsung-lin University, the country¡¦s first Buddhist university. Later, the name is changed to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Research Institute.

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1975

Fo Guang year 9¡@

March

Venerable Tzu Hui becomes the publisher of Awakening the World, the Fo Guang Shan periodical for devotees founded in 1957. Beginning in 1995, the magazine is issued monthly rather than every ten days. More than 400,000 copies are printed for each issue.

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March

Buddha¡¦s Light Scholarly Journal publishes its first issue. It eventually becomes a leading periodical for the scholarly research of Buddhism.

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May

Construction begins on the Fu Shan Temple in Changhua. This is the first branch temple opened by Fo Guang Shan. Its first abbot is Venerable Hsin Ping.

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October

Master Hsing Yun gives a lecture on Buddhism in the National Arts Hall. This is the first time that a lecture on Buddhism is given in the halls of government.

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November

The Great Buddha is consecrated on the Eastern slope of Fo Guang Shan. At 120 feet high, it is the tallest Buddha statue in Southeast Asia.

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1976

Fo Guang year 10

June

The founding of the Fo Guang Health Clinic at Shou Shan Temple in Kaohsiung.  After moving to Fo Guang Shan, where it is renamed the Fo Guang Medical Clinic, medical services will be provided for Fo Guang Shan and the local community.

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July

Master Hsing Yun heads a delegation of Chinese Buddhists to visit the United States. There, he participates in the U.S. bicentennial festivities.

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Founding of Pu Men High School. Venerable Tzu Hui is its first principal.

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1977

Fo Guang year 11

January

The ¡§Concert of Buddhist Chanting¡¨ takes place at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei. This is the first time that Buddhist music is performed in a national hall.

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August

Master Hsing Yun receives an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Oriental Studies (Los Angeles, U.S.A.). He establishes the first overseas Fo Guang Shan branch - Hsi Lai Temple, located in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

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November

Master Hsing Yun establishes the Fo Guang Shan Committee for the Editing and Publishing of the Buddhist Tripitaka. This committee is gradually editing and annotating the Buddhist canon so that it can effectively meet the needs of both specialists and the general public.

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First Triple Platform Ordination is held. This is regarded throughout Taiwan as the model for monastic ordination.

1967-1969 / 1979-1984 / 1985-1988 / 1989-1992 / 1993-1994 / 1995-1996 / 1997-2000

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