Fo Guang Shan Temple, Auckland

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The temple in Flat Bush, seen from Stancombe Road.

The Fo Guang Shan temple is a large temple and community centre of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist movement in the East Tamaki/Flatbush suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the country. The temple and complex were built over seven years[1] at a cost NZ$ 20 million.[2] It was designed in the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty. The temple also includes a large Buddha statue and a two-tonne bell.[1]

Opened in late 2007, the mission of the new temple is to promote Humanistic Buddhism. But it is also intended to benefit (and is open to) non-Buddhists, "through education and teaching people how to lead good lives." Even before its official opening, the temple had provided community courses such as Chinese calligraphy, Chinese language, yoga and martial arts, as well as providing a venue for crime prevention talks and meetings.[2]

Original Architect for this Temple complex is Ron Seeto Murray Cockburn Partnership Auckland - after visiting Nan Tien Temple in Woolongong Ron Seeto successfully obtained client agreement to model their desire for a traditional chinese temple style for the original temple and community centre buildings on the authenticity of form and structure found in the heroic buildings of the first Tang dynasty.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Buddhists open temple to public". Eastern Courier. 27 September 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Tan, Lincoln (1 October 2007). "Above and beyond religion". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 

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Coordinates: 36°57′26″S 174°54′40″E / 36.957197°S 174.911184°E / -36.957197; 174.911184