Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple
A multicultural island at the heart of Christchurch, located at 2 Harakeke Street
The Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple has been part of the Christchurch landscape for over 25 years. In its current location for the past 10, the temple provides an amazing space where people from every culture come to share experiences, learn new things, and maximise the joy from there life. The building is designed around the Longmen Grottos in China, a place were there is over 10,000 Buddhist Statues carved throughout an intricate network of caves.
Inside this modern eco friendly building, are three seperate operations. Starting with the amazing Water Drop Cafe. The cafe is a unique experience in the Christchurch food landscape, as all the meals are designed from the ground up to be 100 percent vegetarian. The cafe itself is a multicultural hub were people from all walks of life come to enjoy the food, the coffee and the beautiful ambience. The cafe is a frequent place to visit for many local people, it provides an environment to escape the busy day to day hustle and bustle of the city, relax and unwind and meet old and new friends alike.
Next to the Cafe, there is the inspiring Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, a space dedicated to connecting artists with the community. The Art Gallery is a frequent place for people to come and enjoy everything from amazing landscapes through to abstract art, the exhibitions change frequently and the facility has up to 3 or more artists utilising the space at any one time which provides different types of Art to suit any taste, there are frequent artists talks to connect the public with the artist and discover the journey the artist went through to create each piece.
At the core of the temple is the promotion and action of Humanistic Buddhism. The temple provides its resources, knowledge and wisdom through the books of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, regular Dhama functions, talks from a variety of interesting speakers on a huge amount of topics and actively engages in projects within the community. The centre issues a warm welcome to people from across the world who would like to learn, and actively build a community of mutual understanding and friendship. Fo Guang Shan hopes to harmonise society through our diversity.
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