2016 Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum International Book Fair and Vegetarian Expo



Since 2005, Merit Times has organized the Vegetarian and Organic Food Expo to promote vegetarianism, which is an alternative healthy option and is also environmentally friendly as it helps reduce carbon emissions.
In 2014, the vegetarian expo was combined with the international book fair. The concept was to combine vegetarianism and reading. For the past two years, this combination has been well-received by the general public. In addition, Fo Guang Shan aims to promote reading in Taiwan, China and Japan with the use of the Cloud and Water Mobile Libraries.
This year, the Kaohsiung government collaborated with the Buddha Museum to host the Book Fair & Vege Expo. The event will showcase books catered to various ages, multicultural cuisines, and numerous activities including the National Reading Exposition and other outdoor activities.
We hope you can join us.

Zhejiang Wu Opera

Wu Opera has been categorized as an intangible cultural heritage by the Chinese and they have been invited to perform at the Buddha Museum this year. Due to the popularity of the performances that were held during this Chinese New Year, the museum has decided to invite the Zhejiang performance group once again to perform Puppet Lions and Chinese Opera. So not only can visitors read as many books as they want, they can also experience different cultures without having to travel.

2016 Fo Guang Shan International Book Fair and Vegetarian Expo
7th Nov (Mon) ~ 13th Nov (Sun)
Bodhi Wisdom Concourse
Estimated 2 shows per day

Experience English Culture

The various cultures brought to the Book Fair include Japan and various areas of China such as Suzhou, Zhejiang and Anhui. This time, we also bring you the English Culture with the help of the British Council. Apart from English books, you can also try out English afternoon tea as well as visit the Teddy Bear Exhibition. Along with various entertainment shows, the museum can bridge the gap of different cultures and allow the visitor to experience being an Englishman in style. This year, the museum will also collaborate with Sunny Teddy Bear Care Association to hold the Teddy Bear Marathon. This ties in with the Teddy Bear Exhibition that calls for all people to care about others.

Experience English Culture
Teddy Bear Exhibition
7th Nov (Mon) ~ 13th Nov (Sun)
Front Hall
Experience English Culture
2016 Teddy Bear Marathon I
13th Nov (Sun)
Buddha Museum

Book Fair

Featured books

Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts

The Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts is the first comprehensive collection of world Buddhist arts. The collection includes nearly 10,000 entries and over 14,000 pictures, divided into the categories of Caves and Rock Carvings, Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Calligraphy and Seal Engraving, Artifacts and Decorative Arts, and People. It is now available for sale at the Four Givings Pagoda.

Embracing Nature

There has been a consistent connection between Buddhism and the environment since ancient times. Harmony with plants and animals has always played an important role in the stories that transmitted Buddhism across the world. In the past, other authors have treated this role lightly, a bit part in a play. Master Hsing Yun has assembled a collection of these stories for you in this volume and his revelation is that nature is the star of the show. There is serious urgency to his message, in our world today we have to start appreciating plants and animals or our planet will be ruined.

Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha

Drawn from ancient textual sources, the Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha is an intimate and imaginative retelling of the life of the founder of Buddhism. From the Buddha’s youth, to his renunciation, and decades of teaching, the Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha depicts the Buddha’s hardships, triumphs, and boundless compassion. First published in 1955 and now in its tenth Chinese edition, this important early work of Venerable Master Hsing Yun is now finally available in English to reach a new and expanding audience.

Meditation and Wisdom

From the formation of afflictions to meditation methods, types of wisdom and the state of awakening, Meditation and Wisdom is the product of Venerable Hsin Ting’s years of insight and meditation. Originally collected from a series of meditation instruction, Meditation and Wisdom is an ideal beginner's manual for those interested in Chinese Buddhist meditation.

Four Insights for Finding Fulfillment

In Four Insights for Finding Fulfillment, Venerable Master Hsing Yun unlocks the Diamond Sutra like never before by putting forth four discoveries which, when practiced, can bring peace, happiness, and success. Drawn from the Diamond Sutra, the four insights show us how to give, how to help others, how to live our lives, and how to develop ourselves.

Vegetarian Expo


We hope to promote vegetarianism as a new lifestyle with the promotion of healthy vegetarian and organic food products. A splendor of vegetarian cuisines will be provided to the visitors. Books introducing vegetarian food and cooking methods will also be available at the book fair.

Tea Chan

Venerable Master Hsing Yun says that tea leaves will not be able to release fragrance without boiling water. Likewise, the fragrance of our lives arise from frustrations and difficulties. Having a peace of mind comes not only from training, but also from conducting ourselves in the society. In a famous Chan story, Chan Master Zhaozhou would reply his disciples' questions by asking them to drink a cup of tea. Tea is closely related to Chan, and it helps to dissipate fatigue. At the Twin Pavilions, Tea Chan sessions can be arranged for interested groups and organizations.

The Meeting of a Lifetime Exhibition

Date: 18 Jun - 13 Nov 2016
Venue: Main Hall Gallery 3

This special exhibition is planned to present the first comprehensive overview of Japanese tea ceremony and culture in Taiwan, featuring collections of Seki Syuki, honorary teacher of the Urasenke school, over sixty years, as well as treasures from collectors and institutes in Taiwan. The exhibition title refers to the concept of “ichi-go ichi-e,” meaning each meeting is once-in-a-lifetime. Likewise, it is hoped that this exhibition can offer a unique opportunity for viewers to immerse in the history, beauty, and philosophy of Japanese tea ceremony.

Tea Cultural Experience

Would you like to experience drinking from celadon? Would you like to try pastry that looks like crystal? Have you ever dream of wearing the kimono or hanbok, and dancing to the music? How about sitting through a Japanese or Korean tea ceremony? Walk into a romantic setting filled with fragrance from flowers? At the Twin Pavilions, we can fulfill your dreams.


  • Online reservation at https://goo.gl/KAXv5a
  • Phone reservation: +886-7-656-3033#4338
  • All activities will be held at the Twin Pavilions (2F)

Kimono & Hanbok Experience

  • Date & Time: 7-13 Nov 2016, 10:00-16:00
  • Age requirement: Adults
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Limited to 20 people

English Afternoon Tea

The experience advocates natural herbal tea. Take a sip of relaxing tea, like tasting a piece of fragrant leaf. When the fragrance enters your body, it will spread throughout your body.

  • Date & Time: 8 Nov 2016, 15:30
  • Age requirement: 12 years or above
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Limited to 30 people


In the past, utensils made via celadon were reserved for royalty. These utensils came in earthen colors but a diverse range of patterns.

  • Date & Time: 9 Nov 2016, 15:30
  • Age requirement: Adults
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Limited to 20 people

Korean Tea Ceremony

Korea is a country that puts emphasis on the importance of tea ceremony. Come and experience a different type of tea culture.

  • Date & Time: 10 Nov 2016, 15:30
  • Age requirement: Adults
  • Duration: 1 hours
  • Limited to 20 people

Chinese Tea Ceremony

Chinese Tea Ceremony puts emphasis on a person's spiritual qualities. Through this ceremony, you too will understand the beauty of this cleansing ritual.

  • Date & Time: 11 Nov 2016, 15:30
  • Age requirement: Adults
  • Duration: 1 hours
  • Limited to 20 people

Japanese Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony has sunk deep into the consciousness of Japanese culture as it affects their everyday life. Via various types of tea ceremony practices, pursue your inner worth by upgrading and cultivating your inner self.

  • Date & Time:12 Nov 2016, 15:30
  • Age requirement: Adults
  • Duration: 1 hours
  • Limited to 20 people

Children's Tea Ceremony

The Children's Tea Ceremony Training Course has been held at the Buddha Museum. These children learn to concentrate on what is in front of them. They learn how to be respectful through the practices of sharing and receiving.

  • Date & Time:13 Nov 2016, 15:30
  • Venue: Banyan Grove Rhino Area
  • Age requirement: 10 years or above
  • Duration: 1 hours
  • Limited to 80 people

Mizu Shingen Mochi

The Mizu Shingen Mochi is a dreamlike type of wagashi. It is light and slippery in taste, like a drop of crystal that melts in your mouth.

  • Date & Time:7-13 Nov 2016, 10:00-16:00

Visitors’ Info

By Public Transport

  1. From the bus station in front of Kaohsiung Railway Station, take the direct Kaohsiung Bus 8010 (8010高雄客運) (12 NT)
  2. From Zuoying High Speed Railway Station, take EdaBus 8501 (8501義大客運) (70 NT):Bus Schedule
  3. From Fengshan Train Station, take Dashu Bus (大樹祈福線) (30 NT): Bus Schedule
  4. From Pingtung Bus Station, take Pingtung Bus 8260 (屏東客運) (72 NT): Bus Schedule
  5. From Zuoying High Speed Railway Station, take Hafo Shuttle (哈佛快線) (70 NT / 50 NT on Tue and Thu). Check timings online: Bus schedule | Route Map

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