1979~1984

Year

Month

Event

Photo

1979

Fo Guang year 13

August

Over 3000 children participate in the first children¡¦s summer camp. There will also be annual winter camps for youth and summer camps for mothers and teachers.

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October

Founding of Universal Gate magazine.

1980

Fo Guang year 14

April

Master Hsing Yun composes Ode to the Triple Gem and The Song of Fo Guang Shan. Professor Wu Chu-che of a technical school in Taipei writes the melody. The Master¡¦s refined lyrics, together with Professor Wu¡¦s beautiful melody, express the spirit and wisdom of the Buddhist tradition.  

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May

Upon establishing the Research Institute of Indian Studies, the Chinese Cultural University asks Master Hsing Yun to serve as the institute¡¦s president. This is the first Buddhist research institute to receive accreditation from the government.   

1981

Fo Guang year 15

February

The Pure Land Cave is opened at Fo Guang Shan. Visitors to the cave enjoy scenes of the Western Pure Land as described in the Amitabha Sutra.

December

Completion of Great Hero Hall coincides with Fo Guang Shan¡¦s 15-year anniversary.  

1982

Fo Guang year 16

October

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel-laureate in literature, visits Fo Guang Shan.  

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November

Fo Guang Shan, in cooperation with organizations from Japan and Korea, sponsors ¡§The Fifth International Buddhist Scholars Conference.¡¨ Several dozen scholars from Japan and Korea participate.  

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1983

Fo Guang year 17

January

Opening ceremony of the Museum of Buddhist Culture takes place. This museum specializes in preserving and exhibiting Buddhist art from around the world.  

September

Under the direction of Venerable Tzu Yi, Fo Guang Shan¡¦s Buddhist Tripitaka Editorial Committee publishes its first work, the ¡§Agamas.¡¨ In 1987 the "Historical Timeline of Buddhism is published."  

November

Longevity Hall and Ksitigarbha Hall are completed. Fo Guang Shan is committed to serving people throughout their lives: through sickness, old age, and from birth to death.  

1984

Fo Guang year 18

July

Following the Master¡¦s idea of ¡§extending medical care to remote areas, and having the wealthy attend to the medical care of the poor,¡¨ the Fo Guang medical team is formed. A medical van is purchased from Japan, allowing for mobile health care.

1967-1969 / 1970-1978 / 1985-1988 / 1989-1992 / 1993-1994 / 1995-1996 / 1997-2000

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