Hsi Fang Temple is a Chinese Buddhist temple that promotes Humanistic Buddhism. It is founded by the Venerable Master Hsing Yun in 1989. Hsi Fang Temple was built to serve those who are interested in learning Buddhism as well as Chinese culture and to act as a bridge of cultural exchange between the East and the West. It is associated with the Fo Guang Shan order and temple in Taiwan as well as the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, California.
The founding order, Fo Guang Shan Temple (Buddha’s Light Mountain Temple), is the founding order of Hsi Fang Temple, which was established in Taiwan in 1967. Venerable Master Hsing Yun has endeavored to propagate Humanistic Buddhism throughout the East, and later on, he vows to spread Buddhism in the western world. Hsi Fang Temple was thus established to symbolize the dissemination of the Buddhist doctrines in the westerly direction. “Hsi Fang” literally means “direction to the west”. As of 2015, Fo Guang Shan has over 200 branch temples around the globe.
- To propagate Buddha’s Teachings through cultural activities. To nurture talents through education.
- To benefit society through charitable programs.
- To purify human hearts and minds through Buddhist practices.