1985~1988

Year

Month

Event

Photo

1985

Fo Guang year19 ¡@

July

The World Buddhist Youth Conference originally founded in Bangkok, for the first time holds their conference at Fo Guang Shan. Master Hsing Yun presides.  

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September

In accordance with Fo Guang Shan regulations, Master Hsing Yun retires, passing the abbotship on to Venerable Hsin Ping. By emphasizing ¡§respectful adherence to Buddhist regulations, the continual transmission of learning from master to disciple, the management of affairs according to the rules, and the establishment of leadership,¡¨ Master Hsing Yun reaffirms the democratic nature of  Fo Guang Shan.  

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1986

Fo Guang year 20

December

The World Sutric and Tantric Buddhist Conference takes place at Fo Guang Shan. The theme of the conference is ¡§The Integration of Sutric and Tantric Buddhism and the Development of World Culture.¡¨ More than 300 scholars from around the world participate, as do four Tantric Dharma masters.  

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1987

Fo Guang year 21

March

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the opening of Fo Guang Shan, a month-long, 600 kilometer ¡§Taiwan Pilgrimage¡¨ is organized. The objective of the pilgrimage is to ¡§give witness to the country¡¦s prosperity, Buddhism¡¦s magnificence, the people¡¦s uprightness, and the devotees¡¦ faith.¡¨    

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May

Master Hsing Yun and Chao Pu-chu, President of the Chinese Buddhist Association of mainland China, meet one another in Bangkok for the first time.    

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July

Master Hsing Yun and 1200 others celebrate their sixtieth birthdays together.

August

Venerable Yi Hua, who had received a master¡¦s degree in comparative religion at the Indian International University, becomes the abbess of the Chinese Buddhist Temple, Sarnath, India.    

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1988

Fo Guang year 22

March

Master Hsing Yun leads a delegation to spread the Dharma and provide medical care in northern Thailand. While there, he establishes the Fo Guang Shan Association to Aid Northern Thailand.  

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June

The Fo Guang Shan Cultural and Educational Foundation holds its first alms-round fund raising event. Under the leadership of Venerable Tzu Hui the foundation actively promotes Buddhist culture and education.    

July  

The Fo Guang Shan audio-visual center is established. This center produces movies, videos, and cassettes so that the propagation of the Dharma need not rely entirely on the written word.  

September

Large-scale Dharma functions entitled, ¡§Revival of the Buddha¡¦s Time¡¨ is held at Chiang Kai Shek Stadium in Kaohsiung. Master Hsing Yun delivers to a total of 120,000 devotees his message on giving people faith, joy, hope, and convenience.  

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October

After ten years of diligent work, the Fo Guang Encyclopedia is published.    

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November

The 16th World Fellowship of Buddhists is held at Hsi Lai Temple in the United States. This is the first time that the fellowship has held a conference in the Western hemisphere. It also provides the first opportunity for Buddhist organizations from Taiwan and mainland China to participate in the same conference.    

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Construction of Hsi Lai Temple in the United States is completed on November 26th. The News media hail it as the largest Buddhist monastery in America.  Venerable Tzu Chuang serves as the temple¡¦s first abbess. Three hundred monastics from 16 different countries participate in the Triple Platform Ceremony held at the temple.

December

Master Hsing-Yun is invited by the California Legislature to perform purifying services to start the session. This is the first time that a Buddhist master has performed such a service in America. The master will eventually conduct such services in New York and Chicago.

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