I thought i was going to visit the Fo Guang Shan Temple 佛光山寺 which i came 10 years ago as the itinerary only stated Fo Guang Shan 佛光山. -_-" blur to the max........
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center 佛光山佛陀纪念馆 was opened to public in 25/12/2011. The whole construction period took about 9 years to complete. It had became one of the hottest tourist place at Kaohsiung 高雄 since its opening.
The center is affiliated with Fo Guang Shan 佛光山, one of the largest buddhist organizations in Taiwan. The major function of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center 佛光山佛陀纪念馆 is to serve as a cultural, religious and educational complex.
|Welcoming Hall 礼敬大厅|
It is unlike most of the temples usually put a pair of stone lion to ward off the evil spirits.
White elephant symbolize the birth of buddha who ride white elephant; Lion symbolize the power of buddha's words as "buddha's words 佛陀說法" generally called as "lion roar 狮子吼".
|Entrance of Welcoming Hall 礼敬大厅|
The very first time i saw Starbucks in a religious place.
The modern designs and decorations gave all of us a surprise. I thought i was wrongly entered into a shopping mall, instead a buddha memorial center.
Of course, it comes with meanings behind.
Welcoming Hall 礼敬大厅 is serve as a place for our mind an soul precipitation, settle various needs before entering to the buddha's land, with a respectful heart 礼敬之心.
Besides, it is homonym for departing 离境. Just same as traveling, we will leave from Departure Hall and arrive at Arrival Hall before entering into another country.
The photo shooting area with Master Hsing Yun 星云大师, the founder of Fo Guang Shan 佛光山!
No lah.....Just computer effect, ok? NT$399 (RM39.90) for a computerised picture, quite expensive.
Entering the path to buddhahood.
We need to walk through the 240 meters long Great Path to Buddhahood 成佛大道 before reach to the Memorial Hall 本馆.
The world highest sitting Fo Guang Buddha 佛光大佛 (about 36 floors high) was located behind the Memorial Hall 本馆.
|Great Path to Buddhahood with 8 Pagodas|
8 pagodas 八塔 are named differently which represents the Noble Eightfold Path 八正道, reminding people the principle teachings of the Buddha.
The environment here was graceful and quiet. May be under the eye of Buddha, people will unconsciously being decorous and respectable, i was no exception too, hahaha.....
View from Bodhi Square 菩提广场. Er, people look amusingly small size from this angle.....
|Map of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center 佛光山佛陀纪念馆|
Bodhi Square 菩提广场 with Memorial Hall 本馆 as backdrop. It is spacious enough to accomodate up to 30 thousand people for activities.
Memorial Hall 本馆 is the main building of the Buddha memorial Center and also a place to enshrine Buddha's bone relics.
Dun miss this place, it will give you an eye opening experience on the mixture of traditional culture with the latest technologies.
Let's go for photo viewing!
The superb wood carving skills!
Behind this is the Guanyin Hall 观音殿 where enshrining a Thousand-Hands Guanyin 千手观音 made by glass. Sorry for no photo viewing for this as it was not allowed for photo capturing in the hall.
Below are the photos taken in the Museum of Buddhist Festivals 佛教节庆馆.
|Maitreya Buddha who can talk with face expression!|
The smiling Maitreya Buddha 彌勒菩薩 greeted us for auspicious in 3 languages - Hokkien, Mandarin & English, so cute!
April's Buddha bathing!
I was just learned from the instructions here that Buddha bathing is only pour on both shoulder, not from the head! Oh my.........did it wrongly for years!
Pray to the Medicine Buddha, ELECTRONICALLY.
First, write your name on the screen. After complete, touch the screen again and your candle light will appear on the main screen.
Haha, creative right?
Wish to take back the auspicious blessing? Here you go!
Put you palm on the center of the grid, the blessing is on your hand!
A lot more funny and creative way of delivering the Buddha history and Buddhist culture to the young generation.
|Hall of jade buddha 玉佛殿|
|The arch & parking space|
Please estimate spending about a half day here if you wish to walk through all the places.
Next blog will be going to share with you all my hotspring experience in Taitung, Chihpen!
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center 佛光山佛陀纪念馆
Address: No.1, Tongling Road, Tongling Li, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049
Visiting Hour: 09.00 - 19.00 weekday / 09.00 - 20.00 weekend