Where is the Fo Guang Buddhist Monastic Retreat?
The Retreat will be held at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a large Buddhist monastery of the Chinese Mahāyāna tradition, located in Kao Hsiung, southern Taiwan. Fo Guang Shan Monastery was founded in 1967 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, one of the greatest advocates of the modern Chinese Buddhist reform movement known as “Humanistic Buddhism”, which is now a byword for modern Chinese Buddhism as a whole, and the mainstay for many Buddhists around the world. Humanistic Buddhism is not a new creation, rather a return to the original altruistic intents of the Buddha. While traditionally based on the Chán lineage, the core of Chinese Buddhism for the past 1000 years, FGS includes all the classic Chinese Buddhist schools (Tiantai, San Lun, Huayan, Lü, Faxiang, Esoteric, Pure Land and Chán) as well as embracing a new modern attitude towards Buddhism globally. The FGS Monastery also serves as the headquarters for around 100 branch temples large and small throughout Taiwan, and over 100 more branches worldwide, in which over 1200 monastics practice Buddhism and serve society.