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Fo Guang Shan

In 1967, Venerable Master Hsing Yun founded Fo Guang Shan (Buddha’s Light Mountain), which is the largest monastery in Taiwan, encompassing over 600 acres. Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Buddhist Order is a Chinese Mahayana Buddhism monastic order and belongs to the Linji Chan School. For the past 50 years, Master has been instrumental in expanding religious freedom throughout Asia. The FGS Order, through a Humanistic Buddhist orientation, works to unite all Buddhist schools and sects; it also fosters and promotes inter-religious dialogue among all spiritual traditions through symposia, conferences, and services. The objectives of the Order are to foster talents through education, to propagate Buddhism through cultural activities, to benefit society through charitable programs, and to purify people’s hearts and minds through Buddhist practices. To date, it has established over 300 branch temples worldwide. More than 1,300 monastics serve in the FGS Order.