"FO GUANG SHAN HE HUA TEMPLE......" China Town Tip by eden_teuling

China Town, Amsterdam: 26 reviews and 37 photos

  FO GUANG SHAN HE HUA TEMPLE AMSTERDAM
by eden_teuling
 
 

The function of this temple is expressed by its 4 aims:

* to spread Buddhism (cultural activities)
* to help develop talents of people
* to help further positive developments in
society by means of charity prpgrammes
* to purify the hearts and minds of all people
by giving them the opportunity to learn how
to practise BUDDHISM.

This temple is the BIGGEST Chinese temple of the I.B.P.S. in EUROP that is built in the traditional style.
It is part of a world-wide Chinese Buddhist organisation, the I.B.P.S., which was founded bij Venerable Master Hsing Yun, with a head monastery in TAIWAN called Fo Guang Shan Monastery.

The organisation has smaller temples in many larger European cities as well as large monasteries and training centres in the U.S.A., South Africa and Australia.

Although the emphasis is mainly on religious activities, the temple also fulfills an important cultural role for the chinese community in Holland and especially in Amsterdam.

Every Sunday, from 10.30 AM onwards, there is a Sutra recitation in the traditional Chinese way. SUTRAS are the sayings of the Buddha that have been committed to writing.

Everyone who is interested is welcome to attend the recitation.

Courses in Buddhism and Chinese are also given, both for Chinese as wel as Dutch speakers.

Every year in May the birth of Buddha is celebrated in this temple.

The Main hall of the temple is open to the public.
Here you can find the statue of AVALOKITESVARA, in Chinese GUAN YIN BODHISATTVA in place of pride!

Her name means THE WISE ONE WHO NORICES / SEE EVERYTHING AND WHO IS FULL OF COMPASSION.

She sees with a thousand eyes, each in one hand, she "sees" all the suffering of the world and every suffering person.

Her 1000 hands symbolize her capability to save every living creature!

She also helps AMITABHA BUDDHA leading people to his WESTERN PUREIFIED LAND.

This is the reason that there is often a small statue of Amitabha in her crown.

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Address: Zeedijk 106 - 118 1012 BB AMSTERDAM (centrum)
Directions: city centre
othercontact: fax 020 420 4100
Phone: +31(0)20 420 2357
Website: http://www.amsterdam.info/chinatown/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 14, 2004
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