Eminent monastics in the past have made the same vows: To build temples for the monastics and propagate the Dharma for the liberation of all.
The founder of Fo Guang Shan, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, arrived in Taiwan in the midst of chaotic times. Upon seeing the declination of true Buddhism, he deeply felt the importance of education, and comprehended the need for talented people to teach the Buddha’s teachings, organize events, and initiate Buddhist enterprises so that the true Dharma could be preserved.
Venerable Master Hsing Yun, together with his disciples, has established more than 40 Buddhist colleges, systemized rules and regulations, proactively built schools, fostered talented monastics, and constructed the image of monastics. These resulted in many benefits being brought about in society from the works of education and propagation of the Dharma; also bringing many devotees together to support and protect the monasteries and preserve Buddhism. In the future, Fo Guang Shan will actualize the works of education through the 16 Buddhist colleges, four universities, many primary and secondary schools, kindergartens, as well as branch temples in Taiwan and overseas.