Xiang Guang Shan's Vision:
The fragrance of upheld precepts
Luminous minds --
A place for raising up Buddhas
The Luminary International Buddhist Society was founded
thirty years ago at the foot of Mount Ali, in Chuchi, Chiayi
County. From the beginning, it focused on improving the
education of the Buddhist Sangha (nuns) in order to
cultivate excellent Dharma teachers for humankind. Over the
past three decades, we Buddhist nuns have maintained our
original intention through working on a variety of
initiatives to promote education and culture. We firmly
believe “It is people who make the teachings of the Buddha
flourish.” With human effort and learning, the precious
Dharma found in the Sutras can transcend time and space to
be propagated today, two thousand and five hundred years
after it first appeared.
In the summer of 2002, Venerable Wu Yin, the abbess of the
Luminary International Buddhist Society, came to a high
tableland site located in Dasi, Taoyuan, seeking a place to
achieve her aspiration of promoting Buddhist education. This
tableland has a vast field of vision: it fronts the Tahan
river, leans on Sijhou Hill, rests on the Touliao mountains,
and overlooks Longtan. Venerable Wu Yin decided to actualize
her aspiration in this natural forest setting. In August of
2003, the residential house at this location was renovated
into the current temple house with a golden Pagoda on top.
In 2006, the temple obtained the temple registration
certificate issued by the Taoyuan County Government and was
formally named Xiang Guang Shan Temple.
For several years thereafter, monastics and lay people
harmoniously toiled side by side to open up the land and
establish the Three Jewels there. Finally, with all
auspicious conditions in place, in October of 2009 the
temple held a ground-breaking ceremony.
After the ground-breaking, the LIBS decided that we would
not construct large buildings in this place. Instead, we
hope to bring forward the authentic Dharma through
educational and cultural means and to establish a pure and
sustainable forest practice center in this place. We hope to
cultivate every Bodhisattva in this world through the
exalted practices of “the Fragrance of Upheld Precepts” and
“Luminous Mind.” Venerable Wu Yin said, “every grain of
sand, every brick, and every stone of this ground is to be
used to exalt the Way of the Bodhisattva, and this practice
field will be a sacred Buddha land for everyone to exalt his
We will follow the natural rhythms of earth and sky, and
deeply respect flowers, trees and the forest ecosystem.
Abiding by the ancient and simple teachings of the Buddha,
we will continue the decades of effort by our Sangha to
deepen Buddhist education and culture. So that Mahayana
Buddhism's resolution to help all beings will continue on
into the future, we will energetically actualize the
practice of the Dharma in contemporary life. Xiang Guang
Shan Temple is a practice place for raising up and forming
Buddhas, the spiritual home of which everyone dreams, and a
permanent homeland of learning for all beings.
We sincerely invite all who have the willingness and good
Dharma-connections with us to join with us in this new path.
The fragrant flowers of our Bodhi Path practice--Upheld
Precepts and Luminous Minds--will bloom here, in a way that
is natural, pure and sustainable.