Grand Buddha Monastery
Towards the end of the Ming Dynasty, the site of the monastery was converted to the Office of Xun An Yu Shi (巡按御使公署). When the Qing soldiers invaded
The pillars in the hall were made of giant trees from the Lauraceae family (of which consists cinnamon, avocado etc), that were contributed by the King of Annan (modern
During the early years of the Republic of China, the monastery and its properties were confiscated and auctioned off by the government to raise funds to support the Northern Expedition. The monastery suffered once again during the Cultural Revolution. After
In 1996, when Ven. Yao Zhi succeeded the abbotship, till the present, he has led the monastery monks in an attempt to create a dignified environment conducive to practice. Through his efforts thus far, he has achieved the following.
1. The old burial ground for past masters and patriarchs in
2. The establishment of a Chanting Hall in the monastery, which now has over 3700 registered practitioners. They are divided into groups to carry out group practice for different sessions daily.
3. The monastery has been expanded to include both a public library and a vegetarian restaurant. The library, opened since September 2009, has a collection of about 190,000 copies of books of 22,000 different categories. It has received more than 3.5 millions readers to date. In addition, ever since the first publication of its bi-monthly journal, “Ru Shi Yu Lin” in September 2008, it has achieved a circulation of 100,000 copies. The monastery’s vegetarian restaurant, named “Grand Buddha Monastery Vegetarian Pavilion” has attracted more than 10,000 diners, including Venerables, since it opened in February 2008. It has played an important part in promoting vegetarianism, which is in line with the teachings of compassion and protecting lives. It has also garnered praise for its excellent vegetarian food quality and outstanding service.
4. Starting from April 2005, a major expansion of the monastery began with en bloc reclamation of its own lands that were being used for residential purposes. The relocation and compensation of the residents is expected to be completed in 2010, covering a total area of 23,535 square meters. The total cost for restoration and expansion works to restore the basic structure of the monastery is expected to exceed 300 million yuan. This project also includes laying the groundwork for the construction of the Centre of Buddhist Culture. Upon completion, the building will receive visitors for the coming Asian Games.
Postal Code: 510030
Reception Hall: 020-83335678
Journal of the Library: 020-83177237
Vegetarian Restaurant: 020-83302126，