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佛光普照三千界
法水長流五大洲


佛光山星雲大師,應本地佛教徒之請求,決定在夏威夷設立道場,該道場將命名為夏威夷佛光山,這是佛教徒的福氣。


當年佛陀在世時,衹園精舍的興建,佛經運到洛陽時,白馬寺的奠基,都是佛陀的光輝,也是佛弟子的榮耀。今日夏威夷佛光山的成立,也是難遭難遇,它將具有藝術的殿堂,也有現代化設備的講堂、禪堂、滴水坊、社教館、會議室、客堂、精舍等,能發揮道場的多項功能,目的是為了發揚人間佛教,莊嚴人間淨土。

夏威夷寺新道場位於檀香山(Honolulu)市中心的皇后街(Queen Street),2012年以前禪淨中心在唐人街中華文化廣場侷限華人社區, 住持依宏法師遵循大師走入主流國際化的宏願,遍訪市中心的建築,於2012年與慈莊法師數度考核選定現址,原址有三棟建於1950年代的老舊建築,2013年遷入翻修,最大的考驗是擴建大殿,遷移樑柱加強頂樑,雖然經費有限,龍天護佑建設佛國,步步艱辛步步成。大殿供奉金容莊嚴三寶佛,東西觀音地藏聖像慈光,西方三聖佛龕功德堂正中;四壁柱上彩塑、琉璃佛像菩薩,信眾一望歡喜禮拜之誠油然而生。座落于玻璃帷幕林立的市中心,整棟建築融合古典又新穎的元素,內涵豐富的心靈與信仰,又處處可見現代科技弘法的設備,是融合東西文化最佳的橋樑。

值此盛會特別恭讀星雲大師為落成開光祈願文祝禱信眾平安幸福、寺院弘法渡眾。大師並且特別錄製簡短談話,捎來祝福,表示開光最要藉學佛開心光,心光明才能自在無礙;鼓勵弟子、期勉信眾正心誠意,學習佛法增長信心,心懷十方。慈容法師開示夏威夷寺是法身慧命之家,大眾來此參學聽經聞法,期許大眾不僅在社會讀大學讀博士,更要在佛堂學習人間佛教、歡喜與慈悲。

住持依宏法師荷擔如來集合大眾願心願力,堅持不懈。落成開光踏出弘法家業的第一步,他表示未來將秉持佛光山的四大宗旨--文化、教育、慈悲、共修弘法。寺院現有圖書館、法堂、滴水坊,未來還將設立社教教室、流通處、及才藝課程。永嘉法師帶領護法信眾為來寺參訪信眾服務周全,信徒感恩眾緣合和能在光明道場學佛,逢此盛會因緣殊勝,大家攜手努力,載欣載奔,奔向更光明璀璨的未來。

“The Buddha’s light permeates the great chiliocosm,
The Dharma river runs through all five continents."


Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of Fo Guang Shan, has honored his Buddhist devotees by establishing a new Buddhist temple in Honolulu -- Fo Guang Shan-Hawaii. This is, indeed, a great blessing in the Buddhist communities both locally and globally.


During the time of Sakyamuni Buddha, two major events -- the construction of Jetavana Monastery and also the laying of foundation in the White Horse Monastery when sutras were transported to Loyang -- embodied the splendor and glory of Buddha and his followers. The legacy continues today with the construction of Fo Guang Shan-Hawaii and is an equally rare opportunity to come by. With a main shrine holding arts, lecture halls, a meditation hall, a “Water Drop” Teahouse, community education center, conference room, guest lodging and monastic residences. Fo Guang Shan-Hawaii will effectuate the multi-functions of a modern Buddhist temple. As a result, the mission of propagating of Humanistic Buddhism and the creation of a "Pureland" in Hawaii will be realized for ALL!