Buddhists open temple to public

Last updated 00:00 27/09/2007
FIONA GOODALL/Eastern Courier
CONSTRUCTION ACHIEVEMENT: The Fo Guang Shan temple is complete after seven years.

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A religion priding itself on enlightenment and compassion is opening its doors to the public for the grand opening of its temple.

The Buddhist Temple, which was architecturally designed according to the Tang Dynasty, has been developed over the past seven years.

The Stancombe Rd temple's grand opening will be on October 2.

It is one of 200 temples worldwide and is open from 10am to 5pm daily except Monday.

The opening ceremony will have cultural shows and a Dharma ceremony and blessing.

When visiting the temple people are welcome to take in the cultural experience or sit and read a book or chat to friends in the open outside area.

Among the features is a huge Buddha made in Thailand and a two tonne bell.

The temple has held three open days since last year which have attracted 3000 people.

May Wang, grand opening chief executive, wants people to know they are welcome to visit the temple whenever they like and is open to all religions and cultures.

The temple features weekend classrooms for students, an art gallery and a symbolic merit field, representing life's values, which covers the courtyard in the centre of the complex.

It can be used as a place to practise Buddhism or as an experience to understand the culture.

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