Fo Guang Shan Manchester
The Manchester Fo Guang Shan temple is a branch temple of the Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Monastery in Taiwan. The monastery was founded by Master Venerable Hsing Yun to actualise his vision of humanistic Buddhism. There are more than 150 Fo Guang Shan branch temples all over the world.
The temple is run by venerables trained at the FGS monastery in Taiwan. It runs together with a lay organisation known as BLIA (Buddha's Light International Association) Manchester. The registered name of the society in charge of the temple is IBPS (International Buddhist Progress Society) Manchester. The Manchester chapter of BLIA was founded in 1993 by Master Venerable Hsing Yun. The temple was originally set up in the floor of 59-61 Faulkner Street in Chinatown but moved to its present premises in Stretford Road in 1996.
The temple contains three shrine rooms: one each for Shakyamuni Buddha, Guan Yin (Avalokiteshwara) Bodhisattva and Kshitigarbha Bodhisattva. It also has a library, a dining hall, a reception and shop, a number of function rooms for both meetings and leisure activities.
The temple holds regular Buddhist services as well as celebrating festivals such as new year and Buddha's birthday. At the temple you can study Mandarin, Cantonese, Tai Chi, Lion Dance, Chinese arts and Crafts and Sutra reading. It supports charity and environmental humanistic projects. It also runs a variety of summer camps and retreats. Sutra study classes (Du Shu Hui) in English and Chinese are available as well.
BLIA YAD (Young Adult Division) is the branch of the BLIA concerning young adults.The temple runs a number of activities in cooperation with YAD.
10-5 pm each day, except Friday (closed on Fridays)