Guam Buddhist Sangha

American Humanistic Buddhism

About March 21, 2010

Guam’s Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple was founded in 1986 and practices traditional Mahayana Buddhism on Guam. The temple is located off Bello Road near the Guam International Airport. Services are usually every Sunday around 10am along with many special events scheduled throughout the year. There are also meditation, dharma study groups, youth workshop and calligraphy classes available throughout the week. For further information, please explore this website or if you would like to schedule a tour or need directions to the temple, call: 671-637-8678. Many members of Fo Guang Shan Guam are Chinese, but there are also many other members from different ethnicities, including Chamorros, Filipinos, Japanese, Malaysians, Koreans, Singaporeans and others. Everyone is welcome to attend the temple.

Fo Guang Shan (Chinese: 佛光山; pinyin: Fóguāngshān; literally “Buddha’s Light Mountain”) is an international Chinese Mahayana Buddhist monastic order based in the Republic of China (Taiwan), and one of the largest Buddhist organizations. The headquarters of Fo Guang Shan is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The organization itself is also one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan.

Founded in 1967, the order promotes Humanistic Buddhism, a modern Chinese Buddhist thought developed through the 20th Century and made popular by this and other modern Chinese Buddhist orders. Humanistic Buddhism aims to make Buddhism relevant in the world and in people’s lives and hearts. Like most modern Chinese Buddhist organizations, the ordination lineage is from the Rinzai Zen (Chinese: 臨濟宗; pinyin: Línjìzōng) school. However, Fo Guang Shan declares clearly that it is an “amalgam of all Eight Schools of Chinese Buddhism” (八宗兼弘), including but not limited to Pureland. In this sense, it is a monastic order, and not a doctrinal school of thought. (Source: Fo Guang Shan now has over 200 branch temples throughout the world carrying out the goals of propagating Humanistic Buddhism.


4 Responses to “About”

  1. Mary McCarthy Says:

    What a great day at the Temple. Thank you.

  2. Nancy Says:

    我是新移民, 希望在關島有師姐師兄的暫時援助,如租屋.購物.工作等

    • memeandbojo Says:

      Hello Nancy,

      Thank you for your comment. First, please contact your Fo Guang Shan temple in Houston and allow the personnel there to contact the Guam Fo Guang Shan temple. We wish the best for you on your travels, and welcome to the United States.

  3. Dr. Kirk Johnson Says:

    The Sociology of Religion class from the University of Guam visited the Temple on Monday afternoon and we had the most wonderful time. We learned a great deal, experienced both walking and sitting meditation and enjoyed a calligraphy lesson as well. The warmth and love we felt will always stay in our hearts. Thank you to everyone that facilitated our visit – we particularly would like to thank the Venerable as well as Aileen Chu, Jeff Heminger, Suching Huang and of course Dr. Randy Workman (a sociologist himself) for making our visit so memorable. Warmly Dr. Kirk Johnson and the UOG Sociology of Religion Class of 2012.

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