February 21, 2007

Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Lantern Festival

One of the main attraction of FGS, the light-up Pagoda

Red Lanterns for this Chinese New Year





One of tourist attraction spot for Visit Malaysia 2007 during Chinese New Year is the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen temple at Jenjarum, Banting. For the Chinese New Year celebrations, the Dong Zen monastery organised a Lantern cum Flower Festival. The monastery grounds was lavishly decorated with flowers and lanterns by monks, nuns and volunteers.

Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Selangor, MALAYSIA

Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Selangor, MALAYSIA

Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) ("Buddha's Light Mountain") is a Chinese Mahayana Buddhist monastic order that has gained a worldwide presence, and has chapters around the world. The headquarters of Fo Guang Shan, located in Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The organisation itself is also one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan. Besides the flowers, there were also various statues of Arhats and Bodhisattvas arranged around the monastery grounds.

Founded in 1967 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, a popular Buddhist monk and scholar, the order promotes Humanistic Buddhism, a modern Buddhist philosophy made popular by the order and many other Buddhist organizations. It also aims to make Buddhism relevant in the world and in peoples lives and hearts. The order is part of the Rinzai Zen (Ch: 臨濟宗, Linji Zong) lineage of Buddhism.

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