1989~1992

Year

Month

Event

Photo

1989

Fo Guang year 23

January

Senator Al Gore of the United States visits Fo Guang Shan.    

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July

His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits Hsi Lai Temple. This marks a new chapter in the bringing together of esoteric and exoteric Buddhism.  

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August

Approximately 8000 people register for Fo Guang Shan¡¦s first Short-term Renunciation Retreat; over 1000 are accepted. This is the first time in Chinese history that a short-term ordination is offered for lay people.  

1990

Fo Guang year 24

February

The Fo Guang Shan Religious Affairs Committee begins its second session.  Venerables Hsin Ping, Tzu Chuang, Tzu Hui, Tzu Jung, Tzu Chia, Tzu Yi, Hsin Ting, Yi Heng, and Yi Kung are elected to serve. The process of election follows the rules established in the Fo Guang Shan Constitution. 

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May

Fo Guang Shan choir performs a three-day concert in the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, called ¡§Concert to Spread the Dharma through Buddhist Chanting.¡¨  

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1990

Fo Guang year 24¡@

July

Hsi Lai Temple successfully applies to have Hsi Lai University accredited as a religious university. This is one of the first Buddhist institutions of higher education established in the West.    

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Mr. Arkell, Alderman of Wollongong, Australia donated 26 acres to Fo Guang Shan. Plans were immediately made to construct Nan Tien Temple.   

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November

The Fo Guang Shan Cultural and Educational Foundation holds a ¡§Worldwide Buddhist Examination.¡¨ More than 200,000 people on the continents of Asia, North America, and Australia participate in the test, the first of its kind.   

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December

Fo Guang Shan sponsors the ¡§International Buddhist Academic Symposium.¡¨  Professors¡¦ Akira Hirakawa of Japan and Lewis Lancaster of the United States give the plenary addresses. More than 40 scholars and professors from Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, mainland China, Canada, and the United States present papers.

1991

Fo Guang year 25

February

A meeting is called on February 3rd at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei to establish the Buddha¡¦s Light International Association, R.O.C. Master Hsing Yun is named as president, Venerable Tzu Jung as secretary. President Li Teng-hui sends a telegram of congratulations. Minister of the Interior Hao Pai-tsun, Minister of National Defense Chen Lu-an, former Ministers of the Interior Hsu Shui-te, Chiu Chian-huang and Wu Po-hsiung as well as Hsiao Tien-tsan and Chung Jung-chi all attend. Master Hsing Yun encourages all in attendance with the BLIA motto: ¡§May kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity pervade the entire universe. May all people and heavenly beings benefit from our blessings and friendship. May our ethical practice of Chan and Pure Land help us achieve universal tolerance. May we undertake the great Mahayana vows in humility and gratitude.¡¨ There are 326 sub-chapters established in Taiwan.    

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1991

Fo Guang year 25 ¡@

March

A Triple Platform Ordination Ceremony is held at Fo Guang Shan over a three-month period. More than 500 novices from all over the world participate. This ordination is the longest and most rigorous in Chinese history.  

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Dr. Hennir Senekal of South Africa visits Fo Guang Shan to request that a temple be established in Johannesburg. This is the first step toward the founding of Nan Hua Temple. Venerable Hui Li oversees the temple¡¦s construction.    

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July

Construction of the Devotees Hall is completed. The facilities include an auditorium, dining hall, offices, meditation hall, and seminar rooms. It provides devotees with a place to relax, meditate, watch videos, hold meetings, eat, and learn more about the Dharma.

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December

The Academy of Social Sciences of mainland China sponsors a special three-month exhibit on ¡§Science and Technology in Ancient Tun Huang¡¨ at Fo Guang Shan. The exhibit runs for three months in the Cultural Exhibition Hall. The exhibit attracted 500,000 people to come to the mountain¡¦s Cultural Exhibition Hall to view the artifacts. The show promotes cultural and religious interaction between mainland China and Taiwan.    

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1992

Fo Guang year 26

January

The Fo Guang Shan Chuan-Teng Monastic College is established. This is a college for training the monks and nuns of Fo Guang Shan.

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February

President Li Teng-hui and Provincial Governor Sung Chu-yu, the General-Secretary of the Central Committee of the KMT visit Fo Guang Shan to worship at the Great Hero Hall.    

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1992

Fo Guang year 26 ¡@

April

BLIA chapters established in Paris and London  

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May

The First General Conference of the BLIA is held at the Performance Center of Los Angeles. The theme of the conference is ¡§Joy and Harmony.¡¨ More than 4000 attend. Master Hsing Yun is selected to be the conference chairperson.  Mr. Chiang Kuo-liang, mayor of Monterey, CA proclaims May 16th as ¡§International Buddha¡¦s Light Day.¡¨  

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September

The mayors of Austin and Houston, Texas (USA), honor Master Hsing Yun as a Friendship Ambassador. Fo Guang Temple of London, England was established  

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October

Fo Guang Shan hosts the 18th World Congress of the World Fellowship of Buddhists. The opening ceremony is held at Sun Yat-sen Hall on Yangming Mountain in Taipei. Master Hsing Yun gives the plenary address on the conference¡¦s theme: ¡§Development through Harmony and Cooperation.¡¨ The Master is honored as an honorary life president of the WFB.  

1992

Fo Guang year 26

October

Chung Tian Temple in Brisbane, Australia is completed. Preliminary planning and construction has been under the guidance of Venerable Yung Chuan.  After the temple is opened, Venerable Yi Lai serves as abbess.  

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BLIA, Switzerland Chapter is established  

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