1997~2000

Year Month

Event

Photo

1997

Fo Guang year 31

January

Hsi-Lai Temple and BLIA host a ¡§1997 Dharma Function for World Peace.¡¨ The more than 2000 people who participate in the prayer service - including Buddhist, Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, and Muslim representatives - exemplify the spirit of ¡§Equality through universal respect, and peace through universal well-being.  

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¡@ February

Master Hsing-Yun and Pope John Paul II meet at the Vatican for inter-faith dialogue and to pray for world peace.  

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¡@ March

On the Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama¡¦s first Dharma propagation tour in the R.O.C, the first stop is to visit Fo Guang Shan. In the Main Shrine Hall, Fo Guang Shan Abbot Venerable Hsin Ting, the Dalai Lama, and 5000 monastics recite sutras in Chinese and Tibetan. Venerable Hsin Ting presents a set of the Chan Canon to the Dalai Lama and invites him to address the public.  

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May

Fo Guang Shan Religious Affairs Committee hosts the Closing Ceremony of Fo Guang Shan Headquarters and Ascending Rites for the Third Fo Guang Shan Abbot, Venerable Hsin Ting.

1998

Fo Guang Year 32

January

Handing over the presidency of BLIA, ROC to the newly elected president Mr. Wu Po-hsiung.

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¡@ February

The first time to hold the International Triple Platform Ordination for monks and nuns and the Three Refuge and Five Precepts Ceremony for lay people in Bodhgaya.

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¡@ April

Master Hsing Yun and a group of delegates went to Thailand to bring the Buddha's Tooth Relic to Taiwan.

¡@ June

The first graduation ceremony was held at Hsi Lai University

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¡@ June

During the purifying and groundbreaking ceremony for the temple in Houston, Texas, USA, the mayor of the city proclaimed the 20th of June as "Venerable Master Hsing Yun Day."  

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1999

Fo Guang Year 33

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August

Republic of China President Lee Teng-hui came to Fo Guang Shan on the day before Venerable Master Hsing Yun's 73rd birthday to announce that the Buddha's Birthday would be a national holiday in Taiwan and would be celebrated on April 8th. He also presented the national flag to the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Music Choir that was leaving for their European performance.  

¡@ September

Master Hsing Yun led the group of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Music Choir to begin their European tour of Buddhist music to a number of European cities. During the tour a massive earthquake hit Taiwan and Master Hsing Yun not only lead the group in a ritual ceremony to bless the deceased but also called for all Fo Guang people to set up earthquake centers to do relief work. 

2000

Fo Guang Year 34

March

International Full Ordination held at Fo Guang Shan for 53 days.  

¡@ April

The first issue of the daily newspaper the "Merit Times" was published on April 1st.

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