1967-1969


Year Month Event
1967
Fo Guang year 1      
May In order to glorify the Dharma, Master Hsing Yun purchases more than 30 hectares in Ta Shu Township, Kaohsiung County as the site for the construction of a monastery. During the groundbreaking ceremony at Fo Guang Shan on May 16, Master Hsing Yun establishes the following objectives for the monastery: spread the Dharma through culture; cultivate human talents through education; benefit society through philanthropy; and purify the mind through cultivation. Construction of dormitories for Eastern Buddhist College begins.
Jul Master Hsing Yun takes over responsibility for the Lan Yang Institute for the Poor, previously run by an Ilan Christian organization. He takes into his care more than 100 destitute senior citizens. Plans are immediately made for the construction of Ching-she Retirement Home and Great Mercy Children’s Home.
Oct Shou Shan Buddhist College moves to Fo Guang Shan, changing its name to Eastern Buddhist College. At the college’s first graduation ceremony 20 students graduate, among them are Venerables Tzu Chia, Tzu Yi, Hsin Ju, and Yi Yen.
1968
Fo Guang year 2  
Dec The dormitories for Eastern Buddhist college are completed.  
1969
Fo Guang year 3  
Mar Venerables Tzu Hui, Tzu Chia, and Tzu Yi go to Japan to pursue advanced degrees, becoming the first Fo Guang Shan disciples to study abroad.  Since then, Fo Guang Shan monastics have attended colleges and universities in Japan, Korea, India, America, England, France, and Brazil. 

1970-1977

1970
Fo Guang year 4  
Dec Opening ceremony takes place for Great Mercy Children’s Home, established by Master Hsing Yun and Hsu Huai-sheng, manager of Chiao-Tung Bank. Under the directorship of Venerables Tzu Jung, Tzu Chia, Tzu Yi, Yi Chieh, Yi Lai, and others, the home has given shelter to orphans from around the world, and has been in the forefront of improving orphanage management and education.  
1971
Fo Guang year 5
Apr The Great Compassion Shrine is built and the image of Kuan Yin is consecrated, marking the completion of the mountain’s first temple. Treasure Bridge, the Kuan Yin Release Pond, Dragon Pavilion, and Hsiang Guang Pavilion are all completed. The Maitreya Buddha image is also consecrated at the same time. About 100,000 people participate in the ceremonies. On this occasion, the Five-Precepts and Bodhisattva Precepts for lay people are administered on the mountain for the first time.  
1972
Fo Guang year 6
May Prime Minister Li Guang-yaw of Singapore and his wife visit Fo Guang Shan. 
1973
Fo Guang year 7  
Sep Founding of Fo Guang Shan Tsung-lin University, the country’s first Buddhist university. Later, the name is changed to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Research Institute. 
1975
Fo Guang year 9        
Mar Venerable Tzu Hui becomes the publisher of Awakening the World, the Fo Guang Shan periodical for devotees founded in 1957. Beginning in 1995, the magazine is issued monthly rather than every ten days. More than 400,000 copies are printed for each issue.  
Mar Buddha’s Light Scholarly Journal publishes its first issue. It eventually becomes a leading periodical for the scholarly research of Buddhism.  
May Construction begins on the Fu Shan Temple in Changhua. This is the first branch temple opened by Fo Guang Shan. Its first abbot is Venerable Hsin Ping. 
Oct Master Hsing Yun gives a lecture on Buddhism in the National Arts Hall. This is the first time that a lecture on Buddhism is given in the halls of government. 
Nov The Great Buddha is consecrated on the Eastern slope of Fo Guang Shan. At 120 feet high, it is the tallest Buddha statue in Southeast Asia.  
1976
Fo Guang year 10    
Jun The founding of the Fo Guang Health Clinic at Shou Shan Temple in Kaohsiung.  After moving to Fo Guang Shan, where it is renamed the Fo Guang Medical Clinic, medical services will be provided for Fo Guang Shan and the local community.  
July Master Hsing Yun heads a delegation of Chinese Buddhists to visit the United States. There, he participates in the U.S. bicentennial festivities.  
  Founding of Pu Men High School. Venerable Tzu Hui is its first principal.  
1977
Fo Guang year 11      
Jan The “Concert of Buddhist Chanting” takes place at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei. This is the first time that Buddhist music is performed in a national hall.  
Aug Master Hsing Yun receives an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Oriental Studies (Los Angeles, U.S.A.). He establishes the first overseas Fo Guang Shan branch - Hsi Lai Temple, located in the suburbs of Los Angeles.  
Nov Master Hsing Yun establishes the Fo Guang Shan Committee for the Editing and Publishing of the Buddhist Tripitaka. This committee is gradually editing and annotating the Buddhist canon so that it can effectively meet the needs of both specialists and the general public.  
  First Triple Platform Ordination is held. This is regarded throughout Taiwan as the model for monastic ordination.  

1979-1984

1979
Fo Guang year 13
Aug Over 3000 children participate in the first children’s summer camp. There will also be annual winter camps for youth and summer camps for mothers and teachers.  
Oct Founding of Universal Gate magazine.
1980
Fo Guang year 14  
Apr Master Hsing Yun composes Ode to the Triple Gem and         The Song of Fo Guang Shan. Professor Wu Chu-che of a technical school in Taipei writes the melody. The Master’s refined lyrics, together with Professor Wu’s beautiful melody, express the spirit and wisdom of the Buddhist tradition.    
May Upon establishing the Research Institute of Indian Studies, the Chinese Cultural University asks Master Hsing Yun to serve as the institute’s president. This is the first Buddhist research institute to receive accreditation from the government.   
1981
Fo Guang year 15  
Feb The Pure Land Cave is opened at Fo Guang Shan. Visitors to the cave enjoy scenes of the Western Pure Land as described in the Amitabha Sutra.
Dec Completion of Great Hero Hall coincides with Fo Guang Shan’s 15-year anniversary.  
1982
Fo Guang year 16  
Oct   Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel-laureate in literature, visits Fo Guang Shan.    
Nov   Fo Guang Shan, in cooperation with organizations from Japan and Korea, sponsors “The Fifth International Buddhist Scholars Conference.” Several dozen scholars from Japan and Korea participate.    
1983
Fo Guang year 17  
Jan   Opening ceremony of the Museum of Buddhist Culture takes place. This museum specializes in preserving and exhibiting Buddhist art from around the world.  
Sep   Under the direction of Venerable Tzu Yi, Fo Guang Shan’s Buddhist Tripitaka Editorial Committee publishes its first work, the “Agamas.” In 1987 the "Historical Timeline of Buddhism is published."  
Nov Longevity Hall and Ksitigarbha Hall are completed. Fo Guang Shan is committed to serving people throughout their lives: through sickness, old age, and from birth to death.  
1984
Fo Guang year 18  
Jul Following the Master’s idea of “extending medical care to remote areas, and having the wealthy attend to the medical care of the poor,” the Fo Guang medical team is formed. A medical van is purchased from Japan, allowing for mobile health care.

1985-1988

1985
Fo Guang year19  
Jul   The World Buddhist Youth Conference originally founded in Bangkok, for the first time holds their conference at Fo Guang Shan. Master Hsing Yun presides.    
Sep   In accordance with Fo Guang Shan regulations, Master Hsing Yun retires, passing the abbotship on to Venerable Hsin Ping. By emphasizing “respectful adherence to Buddhist regulations, the continual transmission of learning from master to disciple, the management of affairs according to the rules, and the establishment of leadership,” Master Hsing Yun reaffirms the democratic nature of Fo Guang Shan.    
1986
Fo Guang year 20
Dec   The World Sutric and Tantric Buddhist Conference takes place at Fo Guang Shan. The theme of the conference is “The Integration of Sutric and Tantric Buddhism and the Development of World Culture.” More than 300 scholars from around the world participate, as do four Tantric Dharma masters.    
1987
Fo Guang year 21
Mar  In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the opening of Fo Guang Shan, a month-long, 600 kilometer “Taiwan Pilgrimage” is organized. The objective of the pilgrimage is to “give witness to the country’s prosperity, Buddhism’s magnificence, the people’s uprightness, and the devotees’ faith.”      
May   Master Hsing Yun and Chao Pu-chu, President of the Chinese Buddhist Association of mainland China, meet one another in Bangkok for the first time.      
Jul Master Hsing Yun and 1200 others celebrate their sixtieth birthdays together.
Aug  Venerable Yi Hua, who had received a master’s degree in comparative religion at the Indian International University, becomes the abbess of the Chinese Buddhist Temple, Sarnath, India.      
1988
Fo Guang year 22    
Mar  Master Hsing Yun leads a delegation to spread the Dharma and provide medical care in northern Thailand. While there, he establishes the Fo Guang Shan Association to Aid Northern Thailand.    
Jun The Fo Guang Shan Cultural and Educational Foundation holds its first alms-round fund raising event. Under the leadership of Venerable Tzu Hui the foundation actively promotes Buddhist culture and education.    
Jul The Fo Guang Shan audio-visual center is established. This center produces movies, videos, and cassettes so that the propagation of the Dharma need not rely entirely on the written word.  
Sep Large-scale Dharma functions entitled, “Revival of the Buddha’s Time” is held at Chiang Kai Shek Stadium in Kaohsiung. Master Hsing Yun delivers to a total of 120,000 devotees his message on giving people faith, joy, hope, and convenience.    
Oct   After ten years of diligent work, the Fo Guang Encyclopedia is published.      
Nov   The 16th World Fellowship of Buddhists is held at Hsi Lai Temple in the United States. This is the first time that the fellowship has held a conference in the Western hemisphere. It also provides the first opportunity for Buddhist organizations from Taiwan and mainland China to participate in the same conference.    
  Construction of Hsi Lai Temple in the United States is completed on November 26th. The News media hail it as the largest Buddhist monastery in America.  Venerable Tzu Chuang serves as the temple’s first abbess. Three hundred monastics from 16 different countries participate in the Triple Platform Ceremony held at the temple.
Dec Master Hsing-Yun is invited by the California Legislature to perform purifying services to start the session. This is the first time that a Buddhist master has performed such a service in America. The master will eventually conduct such services in New York and Chicago.      

1989-1992

1989
Fo Guang year 23          
Jan Senator Al Gore of the United States visits Fo Guang Shan.
Jul His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits Hsi Lai Temple. This marks a new chapter in the bringing together of esoteric and exoteric Buddhism.  
Aug Approximately 8000 people register for Fo Guang Shan’s first Short-term Renunciation Retreat; over 1000 are accepted. This is the first time in Chinese history that a short-term ordination is offered for lay people.
1990
Fo Guang year 24        
Feb The Fo Guang Shan Religious Affairs Committee begins its second session.  Venerables Hsin Ping, Tzu Chuang, Tzu Hui, Tzu Jung, Tzu Chia, Tzu Yi, Hsin Ting, Yi Heng, and Yi Kung are elected to serve. The process of election follows the rules established in the Fo Guang Shan Constitution.    
May   Fo Guang Shan choir performs a three-day concert in the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, called “Concert to Spread the Dharma through Buddhist Chanting.”    
Jul  Hsi Lai Temple successfully applies to have Hsi Lai University accredited as a religious university. This is one of the first Buddhist institutions of higher education established in the West.  
Mr. Arkell, Alderman of Wollongong, Australia donated 26 acres to Fo Guang Shan. Plans were immediately made to construct Nan Tien Temple.  
Nov The Fo Guang Shan Cultural and Educational Foundation holds a “Worldwide Buddhist Examination.” More than 200,000 people on the continents of Asia, North Americirst of its kind. a, and Australia participate in the test, the f
Dec Fo Guang Shan sponsors the “International Buddhist Academic Symposium.”  Professors’ Akira Hirakawa of Japan and Lewis Lancaster of the United States give the plenary addresses. More than 40 scholars and professors from Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, mainland China, Canada, and the United States present papers.
1991
Fo Guang year 25       
Feb A meeting is called on February 3rd at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei to establish the Buddha’s Light International Association, R.O.C. Master Hsing Yun is named as president, Venerable Tzu Jung as secretary. President Li Teng-hui sends a telegram of congratulations. Minister of the Interior Hao Pai-tsun, Minister of National Defense Chen Lu-an, former Ministers of the Interior Hsu Shui-te, Chiu Chian-huang and Wu Po-hsiung as well as Hsiao Tien-tsan and Chung Jung-chi all attend. Master Hsing Yun encourages all in attendance with the BLIA motto: “May kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity pervade the entire universe. May all people and heavenly beings benefit from our blessings and friendship. May our ethical practice of Chan and Pure Land help us achieve universal tolerance. May we undertake the great Mahayana vows in humility and gratitude.” There are 326 sub-chapters established in Taiwan.  
Mar  A Triple Platform Ordination Ceremony is held at Fo Guang Shan over a three-month period. More than 500 novices from all over the world participate. This ordination is the longest and most rigorous in Chinese history.      
Dr. Hennir Senekal of South Africa visits Fo Guang Shan to request that a temple be established in Johannesburg. This is the first step toward the founding of Nan Hua Temple. Venerable Hui Li oversees the temple’s construction.      
Jul Construction of the Devotees Hall is completed. The facilities include an auditorium, dining hall, offices, meditation hall, and seminar rooms. It provides devotees with a place to relax, meditate, watch videos, hold meetings, eat, and learn more about the Dharma.  
Dec   The Academy of Social Sciences of mainland China sponsors a special three-month exhibit on “Science and Technology in Ancient Tun Huang” at Fo Guang Shan. The exhibit runs for three months in the Cultural Exhibition Hall. The exhibit attracted 500,000 people to come to the mountain’s Cultural Exhibition Hall to view the artifacts. The show promotes cultural and religious interaction between mainland China and Taiwan.      
1992
Fo Guang year 26      
Jan  The Fo Guang Shan Chuan-Teng Monastic College is established. This is a college for training the monks and nuns of Fo Guang Shan.      
Feb   President Li Teng-hui and Provincial Governor Sung Chu-yu, the General-Secretary of the Central Committee of the KMT visit Fo Guang Shan to worship at the Great Hero Hall.      
Apr BLIA chapters established in Paris and London    
May   The First General Conference of the BLIA is held at the Performance Center of Los Angeles. The theme of the conference is “Joy and Harmony.” More than 4000 attend. Master Hsing Yun is selected to be the conference chairperson.  Mr. Chiang Kuo-liang, mayor of Monterey, CA proclaims May 16th as “International Buddha’s Light Day.”    
Sep   The mayors of Austin and Houston, Texas (USA), honor Master Hsing Yun as a Friendship Ambassador. Fo Guang Temple of London, England was established    
Oct Fo Guang Shan hosts the 18th World Congress of the World Fellowship of Buddhists. The opening ceremony is held at Sun Yat-sen Hall on Yangming Mountain in Taipei. Master Hsing Yun gives the plenary address on the conference’s theme: “Development through Harmony and Cooperation.” The Master is honored as an honorary life president of the WFB.  
Oct Chung Tian Temple in Brisbane, Australia is completed. Preliminary planning and construction has been under the guidance of Venerable Yung Chuan.  After the temple is opened, Venerable Yi Lai serves as abbess.    
  BLIA, Switzerland Chapter is established    

1993-1994

1993
Fo Guang year 27              
Feb Fo Guang Shan holds its first reunion for monastics and their family members.  
Oct In order to promote communication and cooperation worldwide between Buddhist organizations, the IBPS holds the first “International Monastic Seminar.” Bhiksus and devotees from five continents and 16 countries participate.  
Fo Guang Shan sponsors the Second World Conference of the BLIA. The opening ceremony takes place at the Chiang-Kai Shek Stadium in Taoyuan.  
Some 30,000 people attend the conference whose theme is “Integration and Co-Existence.” After the closing ceremony, Mr. Lu, Spain’s government representative to Taiwan, and five lay people of African descent from South Africa all take the Three Refuges under Master Hsing Yun.  
The Education Department grants Fo Guang Shan permission to establish Fo Guang University. Venerable Tzu Hui takes responsibility for its planning and construction. Mr. Kung Peng-cheng is named as university president. A site for the campus is found in Ilan county.  
BLIA establishes a system of lay teachers and preachers.
Fo Guang Shan establishes formal relations with the Dharmakaya Foundation of Thailand. This provides a major step forward in facilitating communication between Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.  
1994
Fo Guang year 28              
Apr  The Meditation Hall and Meditation College are formally established, with Venerables Hsin Ting as hall supervisor and Hui Jih acting as the assistant hall supervisor.      
Aug Fo Guang Shan provides massive relief for victims of flooding in Taiwan, donating NT$10,000,000 to the Kaohsiung County government.      
Sep The Third International Conference of BLIA is held in Vancouver, Canada. Its theme is “Integration and Co-Existence.”    
The second annual International Monastic Seminar, sponsored by IBPS was held in Vancouver, Canada    
Fo Guang Shan Srimala Buddhist College admits its first class of students. Twenty young women travel around the world to conduct Buddhist studies.    
oct Master Hsing Yun tonsures ten monastics of African descent at Nan Hua Temple. This is the first time in African history that native Africans are ordained. It is an important milestone in the development of Buddhism on the continent.    
dec The Fo Guang Shan Tripitaka board publishes the 51-volume edition of the Chan Canon. Venerables Yung Ming, Yung Chin, and dozens of others have taken part in the editing. The following year, the Fo Guang Shan Cultural and Educational Foundation will donate one thousand full sets of the Chan Canon to universities, libraries, monasteries, and scholars.  

1995-1996

1995
Fo Guang year 29        
Jan   "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.      
Mar    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).  
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.  
Apr 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.    
Because Master Hsing Yun is experiencing an irregular heartbeat, he undergoes heart surgery on April 25 in Taipei. Dr. Chang Yen performs the surgery.    
Jun  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.    
Jul 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.    
Sep   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.  
Oct  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.”  
  The Third International Monastic Seminar sponsored by IBPS is held in Sidney, Australia.
1996
Fo Guang Year 30                  
Apr 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.  
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.
Vice President Al Gore, USA attends a banquet at Hsi Lai Temple.  
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.  
Aug  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.    
The groundbreaking ceremony is hosted for a Fo Guang Shan temple in Holland, this country’s first Chinese Buddhist Temple    
Sep      The Fo Guang Religious Affairs Committee publishes a trial CD version of the  "Fo Guang Buddhist Encyclopedia."  
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.    
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.”    
Oct  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.  

1997-2000

1997
Fo Guang year 31  
Jan 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.    
Feb Master Hsing-Yun and Pope John Paul II meet at the Vatican for inter-faith dialogue and to pray for world peace.    
Mar  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.  
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  
Jan  Handing over the presidency of BLIA, ROC to the newly elected president Mr. Wu Po-hsiung.  
  Feb 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.  
  Apr Master Hsing Yun and a group of delegates went to Thailand to bring the Buddha's Tooth Relic to Taiwan.
  Jun The first graduation ceremony was held at Hsi Lai University  
  Jun 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."    
1999
fo guang Year 33  
Aug 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.  
  Sep   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  
Mar  International Full Ordination held at Fo Guang Shan for 53 days.  
  Apr The first issue of the daily newspaper the "Merit Times" was published on April 1st.