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為培養弘法人才,提昇大眾生活品質,推動終身學習,佛光山澳門禪淨中心舉辦都市佛學院,於2022年9月11日舉行第54期結業暨第55期開學典禮,澳門禪淨中心住持覺仁法師、長者學苑督學如森法師、各班導師、澳門佛光協會會長鄧月明等9位嘉賓出席,與110位新舊學員、三好兒童家長一起分享在佛門學習的喜悦。覺仁法師開示時指出,人間佛教在星雲大師的帶領下,十分重視人才的教育,佛光山在全球設立不同的教育實體,...

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佛光青年25周年、2022年國際佛光青年會議於16日線上實體、全球同步開幕,全球五大洲、28個國家地區,近千位佛光青年在雲端相聚,以「智慧與創新」為主題,也為新成立的分團、各級白象幹部及講師授證;隔日舉行閉幕典禮,總結兩天會議內容、回顧及展望未來,期望2023年相約佛光山,舉辦實體會議。澳門佛光青年團輔導法師覺仁法師、如森法師,帶領團長丁晉瓏、顧問湛啟光等10位青年,各自在家中登入ZOOM會...

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文/ 何鳳儀弘揚佛光山開山星雲大師人間佛教的理念,傳播佛陀的慈悲與智慧,澳門佛光協會辦「雲水浴佛」以及「佛誕節祈福會」,冀以浴佛的清淨功德,與市民共慶佛誕暨母親節,迴向社會祥和,世界和平。由澳門蓮峰廟、澳門佛光協會主辦,澳門蓮峰普濟學校、馬黑祐居民聯誼會協辦的“2022佛誕節祈福會”,於5月8日假澳門蓮峰廟前地舉行,是日佛誕節適逢母親節,不少市民舉家前來參與,兩個小時逾650名市民陸續到場。...

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為響應佛光山與國際佛光會發起「T-EARTH植樹行動」,推動星雲大師提倡「環保與心保」的理念,澳門佛光協會特於世界地球日的前一個星期天,舉辦「心靈環保植樹愛地球」活動,輔導法師覺仁法師與會長鄧月明,帶領佛光幹部、會員及家屬,分成小組,齊齊進行植物盆栽DIY,藉此讓會員大眾美化家居環境、淨化心靈,以行動守護地球。   2022年4月17日上午,活動正式啟動,覺仁法師開示,指出在世界地球日前發...

2022年致護法朋友們的一封信

2022年致護法朋友們的一封信


各位護法、朋友們,大家吉祥!


「歲歲平安日,虎虎正氣春」,日來月往,斗轉星移,倏忽已是壬寅年。新年伊始,心保及佛光山全球僧眾,謹以佛光山開山星雲大師2022年新春祝福語:「信仰就是力量,讓我們不再怖畏,與眾生和平共存,才是幸福快樂之道。」祝福大

家「處世無畏,和平共存」!


回顧去年,新冠肺炎(COVID-19)、變種病毒Delta大流行,抗疫仍是人類齊心努力的目標。疫情當前,佛光大眾也當仁不讓,本著大師「同體共生」理念,不分你我、宗教、國度,在世界各地救苦救難。尤其5月,印度疫情急轉直下,受到國際關注,馬來西亞佛光山於第一時間發起「送『氧』到印度」馳援行動,募集200台製氧機送往印度,解貧困偏鄉燃眉之急。過去疫情相對穩定的台灣,也在此時轉為嚴峻,國際佛光會中華總會立即啟動「佛光防疫救護專案」,匯集全球信眾的關懷,提供20個縣市政府之警察單位、消防人員、醫療院所N95口罩1萬2510個、防護衣7萬7020件、防護鏡2萬3578個、防護罩1萬8180個;以及100台氧氣機、30台智能消毒門等重要抗疫物資,全台共20個縣市政府、197個單位受惠;同時發起「e起復蔬.全民相挺」公益計畫,由《人間福報》建構蔬食地圖,共5300家餐廳,有600家蔬食業者響應,共捐出逾20萬份餐點,讓需求者不受飢寒。


7月,佛光山總本山佛光聯合診所經高雄市政府衛生局審核,獲准承接新冠疫苗接種服務,為佛光山參與防疫工作再添一樁好事。


大師說:「信仰是內心珍貴的寶藏。」為透過信仰的力量安頓大眾身心,回向疫情早日遠離,佛光山、佛光會再發起線上「全球同步抄經修持」、「禪淨共修獻燈祈福法會」等活動,並於佛誕節誦持《心經》400餘萬部,「雲端浴佛」累計也有近600萬人次參與。


3月31日觀世音菩薩聖誕紀念日,於佛光山大雄寶殿舉行「佛光山2021年全球線上皈依典禮」,全球道場同步連線,來自美、加、菲、英、日、韓、馬來西亞、澳洲、紐西蘭、西班牙、印度、香港、澳門、新加坡、巴西、阿根廷、巴拉圭、智利等19個國家地區參與,並有中、英、西、葡、日、粵6種語言同步翻譯。五大洲有近3500位信眾受大師慈悲感召參加,其中非洲剛果66位本土人士成為佛弟子。台北道場、寶華寺、鳳山講堂等另有1600位信眾圓滿皈依受戒心願。


大師一生致力推動「三寶節」,「希望讓佛教徒與民眾了解,佛教是個象徵歡喜與安樂的宗教。」去年墨爾本佛光山在聯邦廣場舉行的「佛誕節暨多元文化嘉年華會」,澳洲總理Scott Morrison也特預錄影片祝賀。


在分布全球的人間佛教翻譯僧信團隊努力下,去年大師的外文著作出版成績斐然,有英、法、韓文《我不是「呷教」的和尚》,英文、法文、瑞典文《佛法真義》,法文《六祖壇經講話》,西班牙文《獻給旅行者365日──中華文化佛教寶典》,及選譯自《星雲法語》的越南文《幸福之道》等。2月,「泰華佛典翻譯中心」取得立案證書,泰文譯著也指日可待。


值得一提的,由星雲文化教育公益基金會編著、北京新星出版社出版的簡體版《此岸彼岸──星雲大師全集讀後》,在張靜之祕書長促成下,11月16日正式出版。有聲書是讀者閱聽方式之一。除了《星雲大師雲端隨身聽》APP,再推出粵語版《佛法真義》、英語版《佛法真義》、《星雲說喻》,建置於YouTube頻道、微信平台,以及人間衛視《Yun's Audible》APP的瑞典語版。遵循大師辦報理念,《人間福報》發行再受肯定,6月成為國際數位媒體Media Carrier首家合作中文媒體,全球1200間飯店、20家航空公司和郵輪旅客,可透過閱讀平台看到這份佛教辦的報紙。9月初於全球最大的報紙和雜誌平台Press Reader上架,提供120餘個國家下載。


適逢佛陀紀念館成立10周年,5月16日佛光山開山55周年紀念日,推出「佛教海線絲綢之路── 新媒體藝術特展」,為全球首次完整呈現佛教海線絲路,將國際佛教學者蘭卡斯特(Dr. Lewis R. Lancaster)畢生的研究文本具象化,保存了珍貴的佛教歷史與文化。5月18日國際博物館日,與國立歷史博物館合作策畫「人間池塘──張大千、文人與荷花藝術大展」,展出百年來名家畫荷作品70餘件,佛光山展示張大千先生贈予大師的兩幅珍品〈墨荷〉與〈荷花〉,見證彼此友誼。為促進大師文化交流的理念,佛館二度與國立歷史博物館締結友好博物館,並首次與國立台灣史前文化博物館建立合作關係;年底,和大陸中華文物交流協會的5年計畫,推出「長路相貫──茶馬古道上的人文歷史」。


11月,佛館舉辦「國際書展──永遠從關懷出發不間斷」,捐贈1萬8000本書給全台偏鄉學校,並贈送300套《世界佛教美術圖說大辭典》予各大圖書館典藏,同時捐贈離島連江縣雲水書車一部。佛光山開山之初即著手僧才養成,去年,佛光山叢林學院創辦57年來首次舉行線上聯合畢業典禮,計有大馬、印度、香港等佛學院百名出家、在家畢結業生,在3000名大眾祝福中踏上弘揚人間佛教之路。


特為海外學佛青年開設的「線上佛學院」,兩期計有15個國家地區、220多位學員錄取,當中90餘名博碩士,知識青年學佛蔚為風氣。

5月,佛光山馬來西亞東禪佛教學院首度跨國家地區開辦「印尼語系線上佛學班」,兩屆共有250餘位印尼青年學子參加。期望未來印尼能有更多人間佛教弘法人才,承擔起光大印尼佛教的使命。


10月,本山舉行「佛光山2021年傳授萬佛沙彌戒」,有台灣、香港、大陸、大馬、日本、紐西蘭等地41位青年禮大師出家入道。法王座下又添龍象,諸佛菩薩、一切人天皆大歡喜!


「辦大學不是只為佛教,而是為了全人類的福祉,這是我們對普世的責任。」大師的慈心悲願表露無遺。秉承大師辦學理念,佛光山教團系統大學在總校長楊朝祥領導下,承擔起造福社會的使命。由林聰明校長職掌的南華大學入榜英國泰晤士高等教育「世界大學影響力排名」,並進入澳洲UniRank公布的「2021世界佛教大學排名」,名列全球第5。而在「2021世界綠色大學排名」,名列全球第64名,為近6年最佳排名。


佛光大學推出「全校選課不選系」,全球唯一的蔬食系也備受矚目。8月,何卓飛接任校長,再開辦「奧運精神系列講座」,邀請奧運選手分享心路歷程。


澳洲南天大學新任校長Denise Kirkpatrick於6月起,與墨爾本迪肯大學、西雪梨大學聯合主辦「島嶼佛教」系列論壇,探討大洋洲佛教發展史。


11月,美國西來大學舉行佛陀成道處菩提樹移植儀式,Vijaya佛寺住持Walpola Piyananda、校長謝明華博士等,見證歷史一刻。

菲律賓光明大學成立「男子籃球隊」,增設運動科學系,校長陳萬傑特別邀請「2019佛光盃大學籃球邀請賽」冠軍教練Bo Perasol加入教師團隊,並有國家藝術家Alice Reyes 擔任藝術系顧問。大雅台(Tagaytay)光明大學建地「三好館」即將竣工,大眾無不歡喜。


香港中文大學、恆生大學、馬來亞大學與本山共同設立的人間佛教研究中心,分別舉行「人間佛教管理文化」線上證書課程以及「人間佛教研究系列活動」,誠如大師說:「希望透過雙方合作,使佛教研究更上一層樓,意義重大。」


由財團法人佛光山人間佛教研究院策畫的「人間佛教思想十堂課」,3月起展開僧眾與學者的對話;「第8屆人間佛教座談會」首次移師澳洲南天大學,6國23位學者專家就主題「人間佛教對現代危機的回應」進行線上英語論壇。


大師畢生提倡體育運動,更成立「三好體育協會」支持佛光運動代表隊,「希望佛教參與體育,也能為教爭光!」去年,在體育方面的表現,佛光大學女子籃球隊參加UBA大專籃球聯賽,連續2年奪得季軍,並有2位球員入選U19女籃世

界盃國家培訓隊;普門中學、南華大學棒球隊培育的球員,總計已有近20人在中華職棒選秀中脫穎而出;南華大學足球隊在「大專院校五人制足球錦標賽」公開組賽事獲得亞軍,寫下隊史最佳紀錄。


為提供佛光大眾線上系統化學習,北美洲各道場成立「佛光山北美人間學院」,南美洲開辦「南美講堂」,另有非洲南華寺「耕耘心田」雲端講座、澳洲南天寺「南天雲課堂」等,實踐大師「寺院就是學校,住持就是校長」理念。


9月,國際佛光會首度舉行「全球線上佛學會考」,考場遍及58個國家地區,設有8種語言試卷,近4萬人應試,各道場也都積極投入考前研習課程。


大師常言「寺院是人生的加油站」,10月,美國舊金山佛光山三寶寺傳來好消息,順利通過重建公聽會,未來將擴大弘法功能,為大眾服務。佛教重視青年,大師說:「青年是佛教的希望!」由公益信託星雲大師教育基金支持的「三好校園實踐學校獎」,11年來已有1000多所學校的近200萬個學生受惠;成立6年的「好苗子人才扶植計畫」,也成為偏鄉、貧困學子接受教育轉變人生的通路。


3月,國際佛光會以道場為據點設立「好苗子幸福學堂」;4月,新加坡佛光山主辦「第13屆威德智海硬筆書法比賽」,近8000份學生作品參賽;5月,紐西蘭北島佛光山啟動「三好四給人間佛教文化節」,近8000位師生、家長參與互動教學;「516巴西佛光童軍團」受邀加入「巴西國家童軍團直屬宗教委員會」,將共同制定佛教課程等,為巴西宣揚人間佛教的另一里程碑。


6月,首屆「佛光體系青年大會師」,24個國家地區、近千位佛光青年以「信仰與傳承」為主題,進行線上議題探討;8月,藏經樓法寶堂特規畫「線上法寶講座青年系列」,邀請專業青年講師分享創業經驗;10月,義工會為提升義工素質,辦理「菩提參車線上義工培育系列」。


去年,佛光會中華總會創會30周年,2月於台北國父紀念館舉行「佛光會30.音樂饗宴」,以歌聲呈現大師一生弘法歷程。10月,受疫情影響而順延的「2021年國際佛光會世界會員代表大會」於線上舉行,以主題「智慧與創新」做為會務發展的動力、成長的指引,2萬多人齊聚雲端。此次主場設在佛光山雲居樓二樓,現場共有12個大螢幕,呈現五大洲佛光人相聚的盛況,並以中、英、日、法、葡、西、韓、粵8種語言,50人同步翻譯團隊,海內外動員逾百名資訊工程人員。


鑑於氣候變遷帶來的環境巨大轉變,佛光山甫於3月成立「綠色公益基金會」,偕同佛光會推動「T-Earth 植樹計畫」、「蔬食A計畫」、舉辦全球「復蔬線上公益路跑」(VEGRUN),喚起社會大眾關心環保議題;10月,受邀參加「第26屆聯合國氣候變化大會」(COP 26),世界氣候基金會主席Jens Niesen表示,佛教「共生、平等」的概念是全世界應該重視的議題。


大師一生提倡宗教融和,去年,天主教單國璽基金會與佛光山合辦「活出愛,有您真好!」的跨宗教線上祈福,以及「活出愛──祈福之路」健走活動,共同祈願世界疫情早日消弭。


中華傳統宗教總會首屆會長王金平先生,任上曾6次舉辦「世界神明聯誼會」,創下世界紀錄。10月會員大會暨理監事選舉中,獲聘為榮譽總會長。心保接任第3屆會長,將繼續與會員大眾同心協力,促進宗教和諧、世界和平。


為促進世界宗教交流的任務,3月,馬來西亞佛光山受大馬國家團結部委任,成為第1屆「跨宗教和諧理事會」成員;為響應「聯合國世界宗教和諧周」,佛光山紐約道場受邀主辦線上論壇,11個國家地區的佛教、印度教、伊斯蘭教和猶太教代表與會;歐洲佛光山在歐洲佛教聯盟(EBU)會員大會上,獲全體通過,正式成為EBU會員,共同推廣歐盟各項佛教計畫。


中華人間佛教聯合總會於3月,授證34間寺院為總會服務處,共同為推動人間佛教努力。有感於百年大疫讓全球民眾生活型態大大改變,宗教弘法也遭遇轉型的挑戰和考驗,12月,由中華人間佛教聯合總會、中國佛教協會首度合作主辦「2021人間佛教發展線上研討會」,逾500位僧信二眾跨海對談「後疫情時代的弘法新趨勢」,展現兩岸佛教界的團結。


大師一生推動人間佛教,榮獲全球華人第15屆「愛心獎」肯定,大會播放大師朗誦的〈為世界和平祈願文〉,一同為世界祈福,北京、香港、台北三地透過鳳凰衛視等電視台連線舉行。5月20日全球無障礙宣傳日,星雲文化教育公益基金會聯合中國大陸民用機場協會,在北京大興機場舉辦「無障.愛」快閃活動,聯同全球10座城市同步拍攝,向全球弱勢朋友獻上關懷。


大師說:「一個人什麼都可以沒有,但是不能沒有慈悲。」佛光人應秉持慈悲愛心,把人間佛教弘揚於五大洲。


新的一年,心保代表常住大眾,再次感謝全球護法朋友對佛光山各項弘法事業的護持及參與。疫情尚未平息,大家一起落實大師提倡的「三好」,做好事、說好話、存好心,增長信心,共度難關,共創和平安樂。祝福大家!


佛光山宗務委員會宗長心保


暨全體一同合十

2022年元旦


英文版


A Letter to Dharma Protectors and Friends in 2022

Dear Dharma protectors and friends, Auspiciousgreetings!

May each and every day be filled withpeace. May our year be blessed with a new spring.

In the Year of Tiger, I, Hsin Bau, on behalf of the Fo Guang Shan Board of Directors and worldwide Fo Guang Shan Sangha, hereby send forth the 2022 Chinese New Year Greetings from Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan to you all: “Faith will be the strength needed to free us from fear and encourage all to coexist in peace. This is the true path to happiness and peace. May All Beings Live Without Fear and Coexist in Peace!”

As the COVID-19 Delta variant rampaged through the globe last year, the fight against the pandemic remains the goal of humanity as a whole. In the midst of this pandemic, Fo Guang Shan and Buddha’s Light members have upheld Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s philosophy of “Coexistence as One,” and continued to help relieve people from suffering and distress around the world regardless of background, religion or nationality. In May, when the pandemic in India took a turn for the worse and received international attention, Fo Guang Shan Malaysia responded quickly andinitiated the “Bring Oxygen to India” campaign. Over 200 oxygen concentratorsand ventilators were fundraised and sent to India, providing relief to those living in poverty and remote villages.

When the pandemic in Taiwan took a turn from stable containment to rapid spread, BLIA Chunghua immediately launched the“Buddha’s Light Pandemic Prevention and Rescue Program” and provided 102,510 N95 masks, 77,020 hazmat suits, 23,578 protective goggles, and 18,180 protective masks to police units, firefighters, and medical institutions in over 20 counties and municipalities with thanks to the generous contributions of devotees across the world. 100 oxygen concentrators and ventilators, 30 thermometers and disinfection channels benefited 20 county and municipal governments, as well as 197 departments throughout Taiwan.

Simultaneously, the mapping of vegetarian restaurants was established as part of a charity play to promote vegetarianism through The MeritTimes newspaper. A total of 5,300 restaurants and 600 vegetarian enterprises participated in the project, donating more than 200,000 meals to those in need.

In July, the Kaohsiung City Government Department of Health approved the Fo Guang United Clinic of Fo Guang Shan Monastery to provide Covid-19 vaccination services, which is another pivotal step for Fo Guang Shan in pandemic prevention work.

As the Venerable Master says, “Faith is the treasure within.” It is with the power of faith that minds and bodies can becalm and settled. Fo Guang Shan and the Buddha’s Light International Association came together in praying for a speedy ending of the pandemic throughonline activities such as “Global Mindfulness: Simultaneous Transcription” and“Chan and Pure Land Prayer Service.”

Additionally, more than 4 million people recited the Heart Sutra during the Buddha’s Birthday, and the “Fo Guang ShanVirtual Bathing of the Buddha” had attracted more than 6 million participantsin total.

March 31st was Avalokitesvara’s Birthday, duringwhich the “2021 Fo Guang Shan Global Online Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem Ceremony” was held inside Fo Guang Shan’s Main Shrine and live streamed to 19 countries and regions worldwide, including the United States, Canada, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, India, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile. Simultaneous interpretation in 6 languages was also provided: Chinese, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Portuguese, Japanese, and Cantonese.   Close to 3,500 participants from five continents, including 66 from Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo who became Buddhists. Additionally, 1,600 participants attended the ceremony from Fo Guang Shan’s branch temples—Taipei Vihara, Bao Hua Temple, and Feng ShanTemple—fulfilling their wishes and making vows in the Triple Gem.

The Venerable Master has dedicated his life to promoting the “Triple Gem Festivals” so that the world can get to know Buddhism as a faith of joy and happiness. Last year, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also made a special video appearance to congratulate the Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival held at Federation Square in Melbourne.

Thanks to the global efforts of Humanistic Buddhism translators, both monastics and devotees, Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s works were published in various foreign languages last year: I Am Not a Monk “Sponging Off” Buddhism in English, French, and Korean; Buddha-Dharma: Pure and Simple in English, French and Swedish; in French; 365 Days for Travelers: Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics in Spanish; and the Path to Happiness —a selection of Hsing Yun’s Dharma Words in Vietnamese. The Thai- Chinese Buddhist Texts Translation Center was granted a certificate of incorporation in February, so Thai translations will be forthcoming.

It is worth mentioning that the version in Simplified Chinese of This Shore and the ther Shore—Book Review of the Complete Works of Venerable Master Hsing Yun , compiled by the Master Hsing Yun Cultural and Educational Foundation and published by New Star Press in Beijing, was officially released on November 16 under the supervision of Secretary-General ZhangJingzhi.

Many readers now prefer to listen to audio books.The Buddha-Dharma: Pure and Simple is available in Cantonese on Master HsingYun’s Audio Book APP. Aside from that, the English versions of Buddha-Dharma:Pure and Simple and Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s Buddhist Stories are alsoavailable on YouTube and WeChat. Hsing Yun’s Audible by iBLTV APP is nowavailable in Swedish.

Under the Venerable Master’s visions of media communications, The Merit Times has once again received wide acclaim. In June,it became the first Chinese language media partner of Media Carrier, an international digital media company. As a result, this Buddhist newspaper canbe read in 1,200 hotels, 20 airlines, and cruise passengers worldwide via its reading platform. In early September, The Merit Times was made available for download in more than 120 countries on PressReader, the world’s largest newspaper and magazine platform.

On May 16, in celebrating the 55th anniversary of the founding of Fo Guang Shan and the 10th anniversary of the Buddha Museum, the Buddha Museum presented the “Buddhist Maritime Silk Road—NewMedia Art Exhibition,” which is the world’s first complete presentation of the Buddhist Maritime Silk Road. It is a visual representation of the international Buddhist scholar Dr. Lewis R. Lancaster’s lifelong research and valuable preservation of Buddhist history and culture. On International Museum Day on May 18, the National Museum of History collaborated to curate “The Earthly Pond: Artwork ofLotus by Chang Dai-chien and Other Artists” exhibition, displaying more than 70 paintings of lotuses by famous artists over the past century. The two treasures “Ink Lotus” and “Lotus” were on display, which were given to Venerable Master Hsing Yun by Chang Dai-chien, and such is a witness to the friendship between them.

To promote the Venerable Master’s concept of cultural exchange, the Buddha Museum has renewed its friendship with the National Museum of History and established a cooperative relationship with the National Museum of Prehistory and Culture in Taiwan for the first time; at the end of the year, the five-year plan with the Chinese Cultural Relics Exchange Association in mainland China will relaunch the important exhibition “Long Roads Together: The Human History of the Ancient Tea Horse Road.”

In November, the Buddha Museum held the “Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum International Book Fair: Never Stop Caring,” donating18,000 books to schools in rural areas throughout Taiwan, also giving 300 sets of the Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts to major libraries for their collections.At the same time, a Mobile Library was donated to the offshore island of Lienchiang County.


The nurturing of monastic talents had begunfrom as early as Fo Guang Shan’s founding. In 2021, the FGS Tsung-linUniversity held its first-ever online joint graduation ceremony in its 57-year history. Hundreds of monastic and lay graduates from Buddhist colleges in Malaysia, India, and Hong Kong set out on the path of propagating Humanistic Buddhism with the blessing of 3,000 witnesses.

In addition, an Online Buddhist College program was specially designed for overseas youths who share the interest of studying and learning the Dharma. The program enrolled more than 220 students from 15 countries and regions in just two semesters, including over 90 master’s degrees and Ph.D. holders. A trend has emerged in which knowledgeable young people study Buddhism.

In May, Fo Guang Shan Malaysia Dong Zen Institute of Buddhist Studies offered an Indonesian-language online Buddhism course for the first time in a cross-national   and cross-regional context, with over 250 young Indonesian students participating in two batches.

Hopefully, Indonesia will have more talented people to propagate Humanistic Buddhism while also taking on the mission of developing Indonesian Buddhism.

In October, Fo Guang Shan held the 2021 Fo GuangShan Ten-thousand Buddha Sramanera Precepts Ceremony, in which 41 youths from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Malaysia, Japan, and New Zealand became tonsured under Venerable Master Hsing Yun.

With the addition of new eminent and virtuous ones under the seat of the Dharma King, all buddhas, bodhisattvas, and heavenly and human beings alike rejoiced!

“The establishment o funiversities is not just for Buddhism but for the whole of humanity. This is our responsibility to the world.” The compassionate heart and vows of the Venerable Master are thus revealed to their full extent. In keeping with Venerable Master’s philosophy of building universities, Fo Guang Shan Five-in- One International University Consortium, under the leadership of President YangChaur-shin, has undertaken the mission of benefiting society.

Nanhua University, under the leadership of President Lin Tsung-ming, has been listed in the Times Higher Education’s “University Impact Ranking” and ranked fifth in the “2021 Top Buddhist Universities” by UniRank, Australia.

In the 2021 UI GreenMetric World UniversityRanking, Nanhua University ranked 64th, the best record in the past six years. FGUhas launched the “Selecting Courses Instead of Departments” policy for the whole campus. Its Department of Health and Creative Vegetarian Science, the only one of its kind worldwide, has also received much attention. In August, Jow-Fei Ho took over as president and organized a series of lectures on the Olympic spirit, inviting Olympic athletes to share their experiences.

Starting in June, Denise Kirkpatrick, the new President of Nan Tien Institute in Australia, has co-hosted the Buddhism in the Sea of Islands Webinar series with Deakin University in Melbourne andWestern Sydney University, exploring the history of the development of Buddhismin Oceania.

In November, a ceremony was held at the University of the West in the United States to transplant a bodhi tree from the Buddha’splace of enlightenment. Walpola Piyananda, abbot of Dharma Vijaya BuddhistVihara, and Dr. Minh-Hoa Ta, president of the University, witnessed thishistorical moment.

Guang Ming College (GMC) in the Philippines has added a men’s basketball team and a sports science department. Its president Michael Lim Tan has invited Bo Perasol, the championship-winning coach of the 2019 BLIA Cup International University Basketball Tournament, to join the department. National artist Alice Reyes also serves as the advisor of the College’s art department. The Three Acts of Goodness Hall at the Guang Ming College construction site in Tagaytay is nearing completion, and the public is overjoyed.

The Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism,jointly established by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Universiti Malaya, and Fo Guang Shan, respectively held the online “Certificate Programin Management Culture of Humanistic Buddhism” and organized a series of activities on the study of Humanistic Buddhism. Just as Venerable Master HsingYun says, “Through our collaboration, we hope to elevate Buddhist studies to even greater heights, which is of significance.”

The Ten Lectures on Humanistic Buddhism designed by the Fo Guang Shan Institute of Humanistic Buddhism have also initiated dialogues between scholars and monastics since March. The 8th Symposium on Humanistic Buddhism moved to Nan Tien Institute in Australia for the first time, where 23 scholars and experts from 6 countries participated in an online English forum on the theme “Humanistic Buddhist Response to Modern Crises.”

As a lifelong sports advocate, the Venerable Master has set up the Three Acts of Goodness Sports Association supporting Fo GuangShan’s sports teams. He says, “I hope Buddhism is involved in sports. It will honor Buddhism.” In terms of sports performance last year, the FGU women’s basketball team finished in third place for two consecutive years in the UBA college league; two players were chosen for the national training team for U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup. Among the baseball teams at Pumen High School and Nanhua University, nearly 20 players emerged in the CPBL’s (ChineseProfessional Baseball League) draft. Likewise, the soccer team at Nanhua University won the first runner-up place in the open division of the University Futsal Championship, the best in the team’s history.

To provide systematic online learning for the Fo Guang Shan members, temples in North America have started FGS North America Humanistic Buddhism Courses. South America has launched the “South America Lecture Courses.” Nan Hua Temple in Africa has also held “Cultivating the Mind’s Field” cloud lectures, whereas Nan Tien Temple in Australia has organized “Nan Tien Cloud Classes.” These courses have realized the Venerable Master’s philosophy that “a monastery is a school and its abbot, the principal.”

In September, the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) conducted its first Global Online Buddhist Examination in 58 countries and regions. Nearly 40,000 people took the exam in eight languages. Temples were actively engaged in pre-test study courses.

The Venerable Master often says, “A templeis life’s gas station.” In October, good news came to us that San Bao Temple in San Francisco has successfully passed the public hearing on its reconstruction, which will expand its services for the public in the future.

Buddhism values the presence of youth. Venerable Master once said, “Youth is the hope of Buddhism!” In the past 11 years, nearly 2 million students from over 1,000 schools have benefited from the Three Acts of Goodness School Award supported by The Venerable Master Hsing Yun Public Education Trust Fund. The Seeds of Hope talent fostering project, established six years ago, has provided a way for underprivileged students from remote areas to acquire an education and thereby transform lives.

In March, the BLIA established the Seeds of Hope Schools based at branch temples. In April, Fo Guang Shan Singapore hosted the “13th Weide Zhihai Pen Calligraphy Competition” with nearly 8,000 student entries. In May, Fo Guang Shan North Island New Zealand launched the “3G4G Cultural Sharing Festival” with nearly 8,000 teachers, students and parents participating in interactive teaching. The 516 BLIA Scouts Brazil was invited to the Spiritual Council of Union of Brazilian Scouts-Buddhist Team to jointly develop a Buddhist curriculum, marking a milestone of Humanistic Buddhism propagation in Brazil. In June, the first “Fo Guang Shan Youth Summit” was held, with nearly 1,000 young Buddhists from 24 countries and regions discussing the theme of “Faith and Legacy.” In August, the Dharma Hall of the SutraRepository organized the Online Dharma Lecture Series for Youth, inviting professional young lecturers to share their entrepreneurial experiences. InOctober, the Volunteer   Association launched the Online Dharma Lecture Series for Youth to enhance the quality of Buddhist education, and also organized an online volunteer training series toimprove the quality of volunteers.

Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of the BLIA Chunghua Headquarters. The BLIA 30th Anniversary Music Feast was held in February at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, commemorating the life-long Dharma propagation of the Venerable Master through songs and music. The 2021 BLIA World Headquarters General Conference, postponedto October due to the pandemic, was held online with over 20,000 participants.The conference theme of “Wisdom & Innovation” serves as a driving force and guideline for growth and development of the association. The event took placeon the second floor of Fo Guang Shan’s Cloud Dwelling Building, with twelve large monitors displaying the meeting of BLIA members from five continents. The conference was supported by over 100 IT engineers at home and abroad; as well as 50 members providing simultaneous interpretation services in eightlanguages, namely Chinese, English, Japanese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean,and Cantonese.

In view of the extreme climate changes and its impact on the environment, Fo Guang Shan established the iPure Green Foundation in March. To raise public awareness in environmental is sues, the Foundation organized the global VEGRUN event. Moreover, it coorganized theT-Earth Tree Planting Project and the Vege Plan A Project with BLIA. Jens Niesen, President of the World Climate Foundation, was invited to participatein the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in October,saying that the Buddhist concept of “coexistence and equality” is a topic that should be taken seriously worldwide.

Last year, the Cardinal Shan Foundation and Fo Guang Shan co-organized the “Live Out Love, It’s Good to Have You!” interfaith online blessing event, as well as the The Way of Liv’in Love walk topray for the early eradication of the pandemic.

Mr. Wang Chin-ping, the founding presidentof the Chunghua Federation of Traditional Religious Associations, organized“When Buddha Meets the Gods” event for six consecutive years during his term, creating a world record. In October, he was appointed the Honorary President atthe General Conference cum Director Election.

Succeeding as the third president, I will continue to work with our members to promote religious harmony and world peace.

To foster interfaith exchanges in the region, Fo Guang Shan Malaysia was appointed by the Ministry of National Unityas a member of the first Interfaith Commission of Malaysia in March. In response to the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of New York was invited to host an online forum with representatives of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism from 11 countries and regions. At the General Conference of the European Buddhist Union (EBU), Fo Guang Shan Europe was unanimously approved as a member of the EBU to jointly promote various Buddhist projects of the European Union.

In March, the “United Association of Humanistic Buddhism, Chunghua” accredited 34 monasteries as service offices of the Association to work together in promoting humanistic Buddhism. In December, it coorganized the 2021 Humanistic Buddhism Development Online Seminar with the Buddhist Association with China for the first time, where over 500 monastics discussed “New Trends in Dharma Propagation in the Post-Pandemic Era,” demonstrating the unity of the Buddhist communities across the Strait. The Venerable Master received theGlobal Chinese 15th Compassion Award for his lifetime propagation of Humanistic Buddhism.

“A Prayer for WorldPeace” recited by him was played during the ceremony, which was broadcasted on television networks in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taipei, including Phoenix TV. On May 20, the Venerable Master Hsing Yun Public Education Trust Fund, inpartnership with the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China,organized a “Barrier-Free Love” flash mob event at Beijing Daxing Airport in honorof the Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This event was filmed simultaneouslyin 10 cities around the world to express our care to the disadvantaged people around the world.

Venerable Master once said, “One can have nothing, but one cannot be without compassion.” Fo Guang members should uphold compassion and loving kindness to spread Humanistic Buddhism in five continents.

In the upcoming new year, on behalf of the monastery,I would like to express our gratitude once again to our global Dharma protectors and friends for your continued support and participation in various Fo Guang Shan Dharma propagations. As the pandemic continues, may we all practice the Three Acts of Goodness advocated by Venerable Master—Do Good Deeds,Speak Good Words, and Think Good Thoughts. Together, may we grow in faith, overcome challenges, and create happiness and peace as one. Blessings to you all!


Hsin Bau

Head Abbot

Chairperson, Fo Guang Board of Directors

New Year’s Day, 2022

(Translated by the FGS Institute of Humanistic

Buddhism, Center of International Affairs)


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