1995~1996

Year Month

Event

Photo

1995

Fo Guang year 29

January

"Handing Down the Light," the biography of Master Hsing Yun by Fu Chi-ying is published by the World Cultural Publishing Co. It immediately becomes a best seller, making Miss Fu the most popular female author in Taiwan.

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The Fo Guang Shan Educational and Cultural Foundation establishes the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery in Taipei. This is the first art gallery in Taiwan specializing in Buddhist works. Such art galleries are also established at Hsi Lai Temple (USA), Nan Tien and Chung Tien Temples (Australia), the Paris Branch Temple (France), Tung Chan Temple (Malaysia), and the branch temples in Tainan and Ping Tung (Taiwan).  

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The auditorium in Tathagata Hall is completed. An estimated 300,000 pilgrims come to Fo Guang Shan during the Chinese New Year, many of whom fill the new hall during its opening festivities.

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On April 7, Venerable Hsin Ping, the second abbot of Fo Guang Shan passes away. The Religious Affairs Committee selects Venerable Hsin Ting as his successor.  

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Because Master Hsing Yun is experiencing an irregular heartbeat, he undergoes heart surgery on April 25 in Taipei. Dr. Chang Yen performs the surgery.

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¡@ June

Under the supervision of the Education Department, more than 800,000 students at 2000 elementary and middle schools and 300,000 adults participate in the Fo Guang Shan World Buddhist Examination. For the first time, a cartoon version of the exam is available for children. More than 1,000,000 people worldwide take part in the test, which has been translated into ten languages.

1995

Fo Guang year 29

July

The opening ceremony of the first ¡§Pro Dialogo: Buddhist-Christian Colloquium¡¨ is held in Tathagata Hall at Fo Guang Shan. Venerable Hsin Ting presides and Cardinal Arinze addresses the more than 2000 people in attendance. The four-day conference draws Catholic and Buddhist representatives from around the world, including the United States, Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Italy, and Spain.

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¡@ September

The ten-volume Buddhist text, compiled by Master Hsing Yun, is published and distributed free of charge to devotees, monastics, lay preachers, and benefactors. It serves as a resource for both self-cultivation and spreading the Dharma.

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Venerables Yi Jung and Man Chien then supervise the process, which reaches completion in 1995. The Prime Minster of Australia and other high officials offer congratulations. Nan Tien is judged to be largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere. The Fourth International Conference of BLIA is held there, with the theme, ¡§Respect and Tolerance.¡¨

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The Third International Monastic Seminar sponsored by IBPS is held in Sidney, Australia.

1996

Fo Guang Year 30

April

In celebration of the Buddha¡¦s Birthday BLIA, R.O.C organizes two Bathing the Buddha Dharma functions, one in the Chiang Kai-Shek Stadium of Taoyuan, the other at the Sun Yat-sen stadium in Kaohsiung. A total of 60,000 people participate.

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BLIA, Malaysia chapter and the Malaysia Buddhist Association jointly sponsor a large-scale Triple Refuge Ceremony and Lamp Offering and Prayer Dharma function at the Salaam Stadium, Port Kelang. Master Hsing Yun is invited to lecture on ¡§Humane Essays on Humanistic Buddhism.¡¨ Some 80,000 people attend the event, making it the largest Buddhist gathering in Malaysian history.

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Vice President Al Gore, USA attends a banquet at Hsi Lai Temple.

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¡@ May

A series of special events commemorate Fo Guang Shan¡¦s Thirtieth Anniversary.  A benefactors conference is held, as well as the opening of a special exhibit at the Fo Guang Shan Cultural Exhibition Hall. At the same time, a memorial celebrating the history of Fo Guang Shan and an inscription wall that includes the calligraphy of 100 famous artists and Buddhist monastics is unveiled. President Li Teng-hui donates a plaque on which is inscribed ¡§Transmitting the Light Throughout the World.¡¨  More than 5000 people participate in the ceremonies.

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¡@ August

The Fifth International Conference of the BLIA is held at the International Center of Le Paris de Congres on August 3. Messages of congratulations are received from President Li Deng-hui of the R.O.C, President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore of the United States and President Jacque Chirac of France. Master Hsing-Yun presides over the conference and gives the keynote speech, entitled ¡§Equality and Peace.¡¨ Over 4000 representatives from 63 branches and from more than 100 countries and cities participate.  

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The groundbreaking ceremony is hosted for a Fo Guang Shan temple in Holland, this country¡¦s first Chinese Buddhist Temple  

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¡@ September

The Fo Guang Religious Affairs Committee publishes a trial CD version of the  "Fo Guang Buddhist Encyclopedia."  

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The premiere of Fo Guang Shan Commemorative Video is presided over by Master Hsing Yun, Chiu Shun-chin, the manager of Chung-Yang Movie Company, and director Wang Tung.  

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Master Hsing-Yun presides over the tonsure and ¡§Vow to be a celibate lay disciple¡¨ ceremony for 142 disciples, including Shih Kuo-liang, the highest-ranking artist in mainland China. Master also writes about the attitude of ¡§Joyful Renunciation.¡¨  

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¡@ October

As part of Fo Guang Shan¡¦s 30-year Anniversary Celebration, BLIA and FGS Religious Affairs Committee, sponsor ¡§The First International Conference of Outstanding Buddhist Women.¡¨ More than 500 women from 15 countries participate in the four-day event.

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