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London Fo Guang Shan Temple

Established in 1992 the London Fo Guang Shan Temple is an active centre of worship and teaching in the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism. Tucked away in a street parallel to London’s famous Oxford Street it stands quietly as one of 200 worldwide branches of Fo Guang Shan Monastery which was founded by the Taiwanese
Master the Venerable Hsing Yun in 1967. The listed building, which was designed by William Butterfield one of the most significant high Victorian architects in Britain, was originally owned by the Anglican Church of All Saints on the opposite side of the road, thereby rendering the site one of Buddhist-Christian co-existence.

The image shown here depicts the three great Buddha images in the main shrine of the Temple. The Temple literature describes its mission in advocating “humanistic Buddhism” as a modern Buddhist philosophy. In harmony with the bodhisattva emphasis in Mahayana Buddhism the Temple declares that its goal is “to live the Bodhisattva way” by making Buddhism relevant to meet the needs of contemporary society.

Three Buddhas, Fo Guang Shan Temple, London; courtesy of the Temple.

December 2014

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