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Buddhist temple built by Fo Guang Shan opens in Paris

2013/07/08 18:58:32

(Photo courtesy of Fo Guang Shan Monastery)

Taipei, July 8 (CNA) The largest Buddhist temple in Europe was opened in a suburban Paris on Sunday, according to Taiwan's Fo Guang Shan Monastry, which built the facility.

The monastery said the temple, built over an area of 1.68 acres, is a green building designed to fit in with its natural environment. As a building combining Buddhist and Western philosophy, the temple is a masterpiece of Buddhist architecture, said Fo Guang Shan Monastry.

Fo Guang Shan's abbot monk Hsin Pao and about 3,000 guests, including religious representatives, politicans and local residents, attended the inauguration ceremony in the Parisian suburb of Bussy Saint Georges, where the temple has been built.

In a video message played at the ceremony, Master Hsing Yun, the founder of the Fo Guang Shan Monastry in Taiwan, noted that the temple is not only a school but also a "pump station" in the journey of life, where everyone can come and learn.

Furthermore, the new temple's abbot, Man Chien, expressed hope that the temple would serve as a bridge for cultural exchanges between the East and the West, and would spread awareness about the Buddhist way of life, in line with the goals of Fo Guang Shan.

(By Dorris Chiu)