Fo Guang Shan Temple, Auckland
From The Dhamma Encyclopedia
The Fo Guang Shan temple is a large temple and community centre of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist movement in the East Tamaki/Flatbush suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the country, taking seven years of development and having cost NZ$ 20 million to build. It has been designed in the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty, and apart from its architecture also features a large Buddha statue and a two tonne bell.
Opened in late 2007, the new temple is to promote Humanistic Buddhism, but is also intended to benefit (and is open to) non-Buddhists, "through education and teaching people how to lead good lives." Even before its official opening, the temple has been providing community courses such as Chinese calligraphy, Chinese language, yoga and martial arts, as well as providing a venue for crime prevention talks and meetings.