Under the vision of its founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, "Let Buddha's light illuminate three thousand realms and Dharma water flow across the five continents", the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of WA is one of over 200 temples established around the world with the aim of spreading Humanistic Buddhism.
Constructed within a period of 5 years, it was opened to the public in 1998 and has become a landmark in the suburb of Maylands, just minutes away from the city centre of Perth and easily accessible by public transport. With its traditional architecture, it serves as a bridge for the fusion of oriental and western cultures, as Buddhists and non-Buddhists from all diverse backgrounds take advantage of its tranquillity and serenity as a place for refuge and contemplation, learning and sharing.
As an educational and cultural place of interest, the temple has since received thousands of visitors such as students, senior citizens, uniformed groups, religious organisations and WA Police recruits, etc., allowing them to experience the Buddhist and Chinese culture.
Devotees seek refuge by participating in chanting services held every Sunday morning and on special days according to the Buddhist calendar. Major Chinese festivals are also celebrated, namely the Lunar New Year, Dumpling Festival and Mid-autumn Festival, creating a sense of family and belonging. For personal development, classes are held on a regular basis such as meditation, Dharma talks, study groups, calligraphy, Chinese orchestra lessons, cooking lessons, etc.
The Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of WA seeks to carry out the four principles as set out by Venerable Master Hsing Yun:
To propagate Buddhism through culture
To foster talent through education
To benefit society through charity
To purify the mind through cultivation
Buddha’s Light Verse
May kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity pervade all worlds
May we cherish and build affinities to benefit all beings
May Chan, Pure Land and Precepts inspire equality and patience
May our humility and gratitude give rise to great vows
Chronology of Major Events
BLIA Western Australia was officially established. In August, Mrs. Carol Su was the founding President. She had provided a venue for
Dharma Services and development of the BLIA association. In September, Venerable Man Zheng arrived and began guiding devotees in the cultivation and promotion of Humanistic Buddhism in Western Australia.
Venerable Yong Dong founded the Temple's current venue while visiting WA to give Dharma teachings on invitation by BLIA WA. 1995.
Construction of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Western Australia was began supervised by the first Abbess Venerable Yong Chuen.
More than 50 local and international community groups volunteered at different locations work during Clean Up Australia Day.
Fo Guang Shan Temple of Western Australia was invited to take part in the Chinese Culture Exhibition organised by the library in Maylands.
First Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Western Australia Venerable Yong Chuen presided the Adulthood Ceremony.
Fo Guang Shan Temple of WA celebrated the Buddha's Birthday Festival and Fo Guang Day vegetarian food fair.
The Lord Mayor of Perth, Australia, Peter Nattrass visited Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple Western Australia.
Under the leadership of second Abbess Venerable Yi Lai, Venerable Master Hsing Yun was invited to preside the Purification and Taking Refuge Ceremonies and to give a Dharma talk on the Heart Sutra.
Venerable Tzu Jung was invited to con- duct the executive seminar organised by BLIA Western Australia.
Mayor of the City of Bayswater Terrance Kenyon invited Venerable Master Hsing Yun to hold a purification ceremony at the CouncilOffice. Accompanying Venerable Master were First Abbess of Nan Tien Temple Venerable Tzu Jung, Second Abbess of Chung Tian Temple Venerable Yi Lai and BLIA members. The Mayor then presented a souvenir to Venerable Master Hsing Yun.
9July 1 to 4
BLIA Western Australia YAD organised the 4-day 'Australia & New Zealand Buddhist Youth Buddhist Camp' at the Fairbridge campsite in Pinjarra.
The BLIA Western Australia Annual General Meeting and Chinese New Year celebration took place at the Dynasty Restaurant in Northbridge, Perth.
The Fo Guang Shan Temple of Western Australia hosted the first Interfaith Fellowship Meeting in Western Australia with the theme The Role of Religion in the 21st Century'. The meeting was attended by more than 50 guest from 15 religious groups including Buddhist, Christian, Catholic, Bahai and Muslim.
The 2nd Oceania Fellowship Conference Of BLIA World Headquarters was held at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of WA.
The teachers sent by the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission ROC Taiwan arrived at Fo Guang Shan WA Chinese School to demonstrate teaching of Chinese Cultures and Arts.
BLIA Loving Care Group Western Australia was officially establish.
The City of Perth sponsored AUD22,000 to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple WA and BLIA WA for hosting and organizing the Buddha's Birthday Celebration.
Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple WA was invited by State Library of WA to present a talk on " Understanding Buddhism" to representatives from the Education, Culture and Community sectors.
The annual Multi-faith Cultural and Music Festival was co-organised by Religious Youth Service (RYS) of the Australian Islamic Council,Carmelite Monastery and Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of Western Australia, for purposes of cultural exchange and community service. The festival was attended by more than 70 people.
The atmosphere was jubilant at Fo Gu- ang Shan Temple of Western Australia as beautiful couples joined the Bodhi Mar- riage Vow Renewal Ceremony to sym- bolise their commitment to walk the Buddhist Path together and nurture the "Three Acts of Goodness' within families. The ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Mayor Ian McClelland and Councillor Terry Gaunt.
Venerable Man Ching of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Western Australia led BLIA WA committee members to attend the Annual General Meeting of National Trust of Australia (WA), where they were awarded the 'Special Volunteer' certificate by the organisers.
Venerable Man Qing led President of BLIA Western Australia Natasha Tang and 10 other representatives of the City of Bayswater Council to witness the Contribution Award presented to Venerable Master Hsing Yun. Lord Mayor Terry Kenyon presented the award.
2008 The Lord Mayor of Perth Lisa Scaffidi wrote a letter to Nan Tien Temple, in which she highly commended the Buddha's Birthday Celebration held at the Supreme Court Gardens and Fo Guang Shan's contribution to the city of Perth.
Hosted by the Buddhist Society of the University of Western Australia and co-organised by the Young Adult Division of Western Australia, the Three Acts of Goodness Youth Camp held its opening ceremony today. 39 university students from the University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Murdoch University attended.
The Loving Care Group of BLIA Western Australia conveyed the Buddhist message of loving kindness and compassion to the victims of the recent bush fire in WA by presenting a donation of AUD$5,000 to the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund.
Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Dr. Mike Nahan MLA, and the Bayswater mayor Sylvan Albert, Bayswater Councillor, Cr. Michelle Sutherland, as well as various multicultural community leaders and almost 200 members of the public attended Harmony Day hosted by BLIA Western Australia.
Venerable Master Hsing Yun's One-Stroke Calligraphy World Tour commenced in Western Australia at the City Council Hall of Perth.
The Deputy Mayor of Perth Mr. James Limnios, representative of the Bayswater Mayor, Michelle Sutherland, Representative of the Department of Multicultural Affairs, Kate Rowland and Consulate General of France, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia as well as more than 200 members of the public attended the exhibition.