因為疫情，讓網路弘法無遠弗屆，心保為歐洲地區信眾，20個國家、500餘人線上皈依三寶，同步英、法翻譯。紐約道場永固法師每日一則《早安佛光》線上影片，永富法師率香港佛光道場住眾製作「佛典故事」、「迷悟之間」系列，惠中寺覺居法師推出「未來與希望 ──雲講堂」，全球各別分院都推動了「雲端講座」，發揮安定人心的作用。佛光山叢林學院妙南法師則邀請青年僧眾，如：慧讓、慧知、慧屏、有賢、有定等法師等製播線上佛學院「叢林有什麼」。而為了讓全球英語系人士透過線上可以聞法，佛光山人間佛教研究院妙光法師也規畫Bodhi Light播客頻道及線上英文共修YouTube平台，每周邀請各洲出家眾導讀《星雲大師全集》英文譯作及開示。
上海大覺文化妙普法師也傳來：授權東方出版社出版的簡體版《中國佛學經典寶藏》132 冊全部出齊，不僅推進佛經的現代化，更是兩岸佛教文化交流的盛事；大陸「中文在線── 書香中國」也製作星雲大師電子書164本，嘉惠了上百萬的閱聽人。
佛光山人間佛教研究院禮聘包括柏克萊大學蘭卡斯特（Lewis R. Lancaster）、東京大學木村清孝、北京大學樓宇烈、中國社會科學院學部委員魏道儒等8個國家地區的40位學者為榮譽教授、研究員，推進人間佛教的理論研究與傳播。而除了出版《人間佛教論文集》系列，國際中心團隊還譯出《人間佛教中英文詞彙選》以及《佛法真義》英譯本第1-3冊；並出版《宗教融和──世界神明聯誼會論文集》，院長妙凡法師說這是研究人間佛教實踐宗教融和的首部作品。
澳洲滿可法師傳來，南天大學通過教育部評鑑，再次授予最高年限7年之辦學資格，人間佛教研究生專業首屆學生畢業；永光法師代表常住感謝菲律賓光明大學首任校長Dr. Helen Correa圓滿任務；由於認同大師的理念，國立菲律賓大學前校長陳萬傑博士選擇來到光大擔任校長，繼續推動人間佛教的教育方向。
遠見天下文化事業群創辦人高希均教授與發行人王力行策畫的《佛教靠我──人間佛教（The Future ofBuddhism is in My Hands）》紀錄片，記錄大師超過半世紀弘法的足跡，榮獲葡萄牙國際非物質文化傳承影展「紀錄長片榮譽獎」，見證了大師對人間佛教光照五大洲的貢獻。
2月，佛光山泰華寺舉辦大雄寶殿三寶佛聖像開光儀式，住持心定和尚禮請泰國僧王頌德帕摩訶穆尼翁（His Holiness (H. H.) Somdej Phra Ariyawongsakhatayan）共同主持，展現北傳佛教梵唄、南傳佛教比丘誦經以及供僧2 千2百位的傳統，是一場別具特色的佛教交流。不到十年的泰華寺與當地超過百年的寺院一起，被評為泰國十大最莊嚴的寺院，是唯一的漢傳佛教寺院。
A Letter to Dharma Protectors and Friendsin 2021
Dear Dharma protectors and friends,
“A man’s lifetime diligence brings a lush land of green; an ox’sever-trodding hooves turn over million acres of gold.” In the Year of Ox, I,Hsin Bau, on behalf of the Fo Guang Shan Board of Directors and worldwide FoGuang Shan Sangha, wish for everyone to “Cultivate a Heart that Blooms in AllSeasons.” May we practice diligently for the blooming of wisdom all year round.
In the early days of Fo Guang Shan, the founder Venerable MasterHsing Yun built a pathway over a valley—the Treasure Bridge—for visitors toreach Tsung-Lin University and the Great Compassion Shrine on the other side.In recent years, however, Venerable Master noticed that the flight of stairsleading to the bridge was not easily accessible by elderly devotees. As such,he instructed for the construction of a “new” Treasure Bridge to connect theMain Shrine directly to the Great Compassion Shrine. Upon its completion,Venerable Master joyfully said, “Though it is a very short bridge, it is aboundless pathway in life.” This exemplifies the bodhisattva spirit of givingas advocated by Humanistic Buddhism.
In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, showing us howinsignificant human beings are in the face of nature, we humbly initiated theefforts of monastics and laity worldwide to collectively chant the Heart Sutraas a prayer for a swift end to the pandemic. Accumulating over 25 millionrecitations, all merits were dedicated to those affected. In Venerable Master’s“A Prayer to Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva for Safety from the CoronavirusOutbreak,” he gives the following words of encouragement: “No matter how difficultthe situation, as long as there is compassion and wisdom. When we all practicethe Three Acts of Goodness— do good deeds, speak good words, and think goodthoughts—if we all protect the environment and have respect for all lives, weshall be able to turn peril into safety.” For us to live and work peacefully,it is important to remember that human beings coexist with Mother Nature.
Upholding the spirit of striving to rescue all beings from sufferingand adversity, the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) WorldHeadquarters initiated the donation of over 4.3 million masks worldwide, incountries such as Mainland China, the United States, Canada, and Brazil.Together, BLIA members have delivered personal protective equipment to medicalcare centers, government agencies, and police departments, as well as to ruralclinics and vulnerable institutions. This endeavor was only possible throughthe assistance of many people including Zhang Jingzhi—Secretary-General of theMaster Hsing Yun Cultural and Educational Foundation; Lim Bong Khai—ElderAdvisor of BLIA Malaysia Chapter; and Hong Tsu Ho—Elder Advisor of BLIA Brazil.
Development of OnlineDharma Propagation due to COVID-19
As countries and cities across the globe announce lock-downs andstay-at-home orders to ensure public health and safety, we too have madeadjustments to our methods of Dharma propagation. Under the guidance of Ven.Hui Chuan—President of the Fo Guang Shan Executive Council, Ven. Hui Zhao’steam at the Information Technology department has assisted Fo Guang Shan branchtemples worldwide and the BLIA in using technology to hold various activitiesonline.
In March, for example, the 2020 Chan and Pure Land Prayer Serviceheld in front of the Main Shrine at Fo Guang Shan was broadcasted live throughBeautiful Live Television (BLTV) and the internet. Over 70,000 people worldwidejoined the 500 monastics on-site in a collective prayer for world peace andprosperity. In April, there was a live broadcast of the Bathing the Buddha Ceremonyheld at the FGS Main Shrine in celebration of the Buddha’s Birthday. Tocommemorate the significance of the Buddha’s birth in the human world, over 4.7million people from 152 countries participated in the virtual bathing of theBuddha.
In August, the 2020 International Buddha’s Light Young AdultConference was held online with “Faith and Legacy” as its theme, bringingtogether 800 youths from 23 countries. Transcending the differences in time andspace, it united everyone in the spirit of “Bodhisattva Heart and YouthfulStrength.” Similarly, in October, the BLIA hosted its 2020 World Conferenceonline. Venerable Master Hsing Yun offered his best wishes during the openingceremony, touching the hearts of participants around the world. Throughout theconference, which I had the honor of chairing, Venerable Tzu Jung— ActingPresident of BLIA World Headquarters— offered her guidance for each motion onthe agenda. The conference was held in nine languages with simultaneous oralinterpretation in Chinese, English, German, French, Japanese, Cantonese,Portuguese, Spanish, and Korean. 11,000 members from over 50 countries and 101BLIA Chapters took part. When Venerable Chueh Pei—Secretary-General of BLIAWorld Headquarters—made this fact known at the conference, it was met withenthusiastic applause.
Catalyzed by the global pandemic, online Dharma propagation hasreached far and wide. For example, I had the opportunity to preside over a“Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem Ceremony” online for 500 devotees from 20 Europeancountries, where simultaneous oral interpretation in English and French wasprovided. Moreover, Venerable Yung Ku of FGS New York has hosted daily episodesof “Good Morning Dharma” on YouTube. Venerable Yung Fu has led her team ofmonastics at FGS Hong Kong in the making of videos on Buddhist stories and on Between Ignorance and Enlightenment.Venerable Chueh Ju of FGS Hui Chung Temple has released a series of onlinetalks by various speakers in “Future and Hope: Cloud Lecture Hall.” Our branchtemples worldwide also offer online Dharma talks, aiming to bring people peaceof mind. Likewise, Venerable Miao Nan of FGS Tsung-Lin University has invited apanel of youthful monastics— including Venerables Hui Rang, Hui Zhi, Hui Ping,You Xian, and You Ding—to produce the online Buddhist college program, “What’sin Tsung-Lin?” Venerable Miao Guang and the FGS Institute of HumanisticBuddhism Team have released “Bodhi Light Tales” Podcast to bring the Dharma toEnglish speakers worldwide. Moreover, as part of a series of online EnglishDharma Services broadcasted through YouTube, they have invited monastics acrossthe world to give weekly Dharma talks and guided readings in English on the Complete Works of Venerable Master Hsing Yun.
The Continuation of Cultureby Bridging Past and Present
It is necessary for Buddhist culture, dating back over two thousandyears, to adapt to the needs of various locales and time periods. As such, itmust keep up with modern developments. To allow Humanistic Buddhism to stay relevant,Venerable Master has proposed the following: the modernization of Buddhistlanguage by using vernacular language, the modernization of Dharma propagationby utilizing current technology, the modernization of cultivation by focusingon daily living, and the modernization of temples by functioning as schools.
The FGS Buddhist Canon Committee published the 55-volume Sravaka Canon of the Fo Guang BuddhistCanon in August. Under the guidance of Elder Venerable Tzu Hui andeditor-in-chief Venerable Yi Heng, the editorial team spent 12 years compilingthe canon, which includes 42 historical and influential sectariancommentaries—such as the MahāvibhāṣāŚāstra and Abhidharmakosa Sāstra—alongside its respective research. On asimilar note, as reported by Venerable Jue Yuan, Director of the FGS SutraRepository, Fo Guang Shan is one of the few Buddhist orders in Taiwan with acomprehensive collection of Buddhist canons, which has an important effect onthe preservation of Buddhist culture. The repository houses 50 editions of theChinese, Theravada, and Tibetan Buddhist canons, published in 17 languages andfrom 13 different countries. Most of the canons were collected by VenerableMaster over the last 50 to 60 years, including the Pinjia Canon and the JapaneseTetsugen Canon, serving as Venerable Master’s references in his youth whenhe wrote the Biography of SakyamuniBuddha.
Keeping up with the rapid development of internet technology,Venerable Jue Nian from the Voice of Ganges Co. Ltd. released an app forVenerable Master Hsing Yun’s audiobooks that allows people to listen at theirconvenience. Furthermore, she invited Venerable Yi Kung—Chancellor of FGSCulture Council—to give a series of talks introducing the Complete Works of Venerable Master Hsing Yun. Also, Venerable ManGuan from Fo Guang Cultural Enterprises was pleased to unveil the electronicversion of the Complete Works,facilitating the learning of the Dharma.
Moreover, 15 public talks were organized around Taiwan as part ofthe 2020 annual tour of the Humanistic Buddhist Reading Conferences on Sutras,with over 70,000 people reading the CompleteWorks of Venerable Master Hsing Yun. In particular, one of the talksbroadcasted online had over 200,000 viewers across Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia,Thailand, and India.
Further good news came in August from Venerable Chueh Yann inPortugal: 365 Days for Travelers: Wisdomfrom Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics has been published inPortuguese. The book, with Venerable Master as editor-in-chief, has now beentranslated into 12 languages. Over 1.75 million copies have been distributed bythe Association of Ancient and Modern Humanities to schools, libraries, and hotels.As we travel on this journey of life, Venerable Master hopes to bringinspiration to the readers of this book so that those who are weary can findencouragement, and those who are dejected can gain new clarity of mind.
Venerable Miao Pu from Shanghai Dajue Culture also reported that all132 volumes of Selected Chinese BuddhistTexts in Modern Language have been published in Simplified Chinese. This isnot only a step forward in the modernization of Buddhist sutras, but also agreat occasion in terms of Cross Strait Buddhist cultural exchanges.Furthermore, Chineseall.cn has produced 164 ebook editions of Venerable MasterHsing Yun’s works, benefiting millions of readers and listeners.
The Fo Guang Shan Institute of Humanistic Buddhism (FGSIHB) has nominated40 scholars as honorary professors and researchers for the advancement ofresearch on Humanistic Buddhism and its propagation. Hailing from eightcountries, amongst them are Lewis R. Lancaster (University of California,Berkeley), Kiyotaka Kimura (University of Tokyo), Lou Yulie (BeijingUniversity), and Wei Daoru (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences). The FGSIHB’sCenter of International Affairs has not only published the Studies on Humanistic Buddhism series, but also the Glossary of Humanistic Buddhism and thefirst three volumes of Buddha-Dharma: Pureand Simple in English. Other FGSIHB publications include Religious Syncretism: Collection of Paperson When Buddha Meets the Gods Event. As reported by Venerable Miao Fan,Chancellor of the FGSIHB, this is the first study on the practice of religioussyncretism in Humanistic Buddhism.
Also, in celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Merit Times hascollaborated with Thailand’s Universal Daily News to issue special weeklyeditions. According to Venerable Miao Xi, President of the Merit Times, this is another laudable event resulting from thenewspaper’s collaboration with 18 overseas temples and their local Chinesemedia. Readership of the weekly overseas edition of the Merit Times has now reached over a million.
Fostering Future Talentswith a Focus on Education
In his article “The Future Prospects of Fo Guang Shan,” VenerableMaster Hsing Yun highlights that education is the foundation for the prosperityof Buddhism. For the future, Fo Guang Shan disciples should strive to supportits five universities as well as other social education and cultural endeavors.There is a saying, “Ten years are needed to plant a tree, while a hundred yearsare needed to nurture a man.” As our hundred years of work has just begun, wemust solidify the foundation of our universities and ensure the continuation ofthe Million-Member Fundraising Campaign to support education.
With the efforts of Presidents Yung Chaur-shin and Lin Tsung-ming,both Fo Guang University and Nanhua University had full enrollment as AdvancedSubjects Test (AST) results were announced. Moreover, Fo Guang Universityreceived the Ministry of Education’s Arts Education Contribution Award for itsemphasis on establishing foundations in Art and Culture. Nanhua University alsoachieved excellence in being certified as a National Environmental EducationInstitute and Environment Education Facility by the Environmental ProtectionAdministration. The university also received other awards such as the NationalEnterprise Environmental Protection Gold Award and Green Action Award.
We were informed by Venerable Man Ko from Australia that Nan TienInstitute’s accreditation by the Tertiary Education Quality and StandardsAgency (TEQSA) has been renewed for another seven years and that the firstclass of students specializing in Humanistic Buddhism graduated. On behalf ofthe monastery, Venerable Yung Guang in the Philippines expressed our gratitudeto Dr. Helen Correa for fulfilling her term as the first President of GuangMing College. Acknowledging Venerable Master’s ideals, Dr. Michael Tan, formerPresident of the University of the Philippines, will continue to advanceeducation in Humanistic Buddhism as the next President of Guang Ming College.
In 2020, Pumen High School had 26 students admitted to college viathe Multi-Star Project, among which 15 were admitted to national universities.The school’s baseball team won third place, for the third time, in the WoodenBat Division of the High School Baseball League and was recognized with the2020 Award for Excellent High School Sports Team. The first athletes ofNanhua’s soccer and baseball teams have graduated and are now serving inrelated professional fields to continue pursuing their athletic dreams. Holdingon to Venerable Master’s ideal of “sports as education,” Liu Chao-ming,President of the Three Acts of Goodness Sports Association, especiallyexpressed his gratitude to its sports coaches: basketball coaches YangShu-ching, Liao Che-yi, and Tai Wan-rong; baseball coaches Tsai Chung-nan andHung Rong-hung; and soccer coach Tu Teng-sheng. The association will continueits full support to dedicated and hard-working athletes.
Fo Guang Shan Malaysia has collaborated with the University ofMalaya, one of the top 60 universities in the QS Global World Ranking, inestablishing the UM Humanistic Buddhism Research Centre at its campus.Representatives Venerable Jue Cheng—Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Singapore,Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia—and Datuk Danny Wong Tze Ken—Dean of the UMDepartment of Anthropology and Sociology—signed the collaboration agreement,marking the establishment of the first academic institute dedicated to thestudy of Humanistic Buddhism in an Islamic country.
Da Ci Children’s Home, founded in 1970, also celebrated its 50thanniversary. Venerable Yi Lai and Hsiao Pi-liang Shigu, who have accompaniedand cared for over 1,000 children, both expressed their joy in seeing thechildren raised at the home grow to establish themselves and contribute theirtalents to society.
Promoting HumanisticBuddhism Through Awards and Honors
The 8th Hsing Yun Education Awards was held by theVenerable Master Hsing Yun Public Education Trust Fund. Dr. Chen Rong-chi ofNational Taiwan University’s College of Medicine was the honored recipient ofthe 2020 Lifelong Role Model for Education Award, after unanimous agreementfrom President Yung Chaur-shin and fellow committee members. In addition, theAward for Exemplary Teacher was presented to 18 individuals. Furthermore, 198elementary and high schools became Three Acts of Goodness Schools. With theassistance of Professor Lee Jui-teng, the Hsing Yun Award for Global ChineseLiterature is now in its 10th year, with Sima Zhongyuan, a renowned author,receiving the Award of Contribution. Other awards were also presented to 25authors.
The Future of Buddhism isin My Hands is a documentary conceived by Dr.Charles H.C. Kao and Cora Wang, respectively the founder and CEO of GlobalViews-Commonwealth Publishing Group. Chronicling Venerable Master’s Dharmapropagation for over half a century, the documentary won an honorable mentionin the 2020 Heritales: International Heritage Film Festival’s category for longdocumentaries—a testimony to Venerable Master’s contributions in spreadingHumanistic Buddhism across the five continents.
The FGS Buddha Museum, certified as the youngest member of theInternational Council of Museums (ICOM) in 2014, also joined the Federation ofInternational Human Rights Museum Asia-Pacific (FIHRM-AP) last year.Additionally, it has received the Traveler’s Choice Award from TripAdvisor forits third consecutive year—an honor received by only 10% of travel destinationsworldwide, according to Venerable Ru Chang, Director of the Buddha Museum.Moreover, the Museum once again received the Best Public Restroom Certificationby the Kaohsiung City Government Environmental Protection Bureau. It has alsobeen included as one of the top 25 disabled-friendly attractions in a guidebookcompiled by the Kaohsiung Tourism Bureau to promote a more accessible city forall. Similarly, CommonWealth Magazine has praised the Buddha Museum as being a“humanistic museum for the future.”
In the past year, the Buddha Museum has brought joy to many throughseveral events. For example, it has collaborated with the Ministry of Culture’sBureau of Cultural Heritage to jointly organize the “National TreasuresExhibition: A Close Look at Taiwan’s Traditional Crafts.” 15 national-levelartisans congregated for the first time to exhibit their unique crafts.Additionally, in response to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the BuddhaMuseum collaborated with the National Science and Technology Museum to organizethe first Taiwan Science Festival, with the theme of “The Earth, Ours to Care,”and an exhibition on “Technology and Readiness for Disaster Reduction.” Theexhibition was an immersive and interactive learning experience for the manystudents who visited during the International Book Fair and Vegetarian Expo.Furthermore, the Yunlin County Bureau of Tourism held the “Craftsmanship ofYunlin: Beigang Centennial Religious Arts and Crafts Exhibition” at the BuddhaMuseum. Last but not least, the Buddha Museum has joined the Google Arts andCulture platform.
Having promoted the Three Acts of Goodness and taught incorrectional facilities for years, the BLIA was awarded the Public WelfareContribution Award by the Ministry of the Interior, the only religiousorganization to receive such an honor. The following FGS branch temples alsoreceived the Religious Group Commendation Award from the Executive Yuan for thepast consecutive years: Lanyang Temple, Chi Le Temple, Che San Temple, Da MingTemple, Fa Bao Temple, Hong Fa Association, Yuan Fu Temple, Fu Guo Temple, NanPing Temple, Gangshan Lecture Hall, and Hai Tian Monastery. Fo Guang Shanbranch temples play a key role in bringing kindness to society. For example,2.5 million bowls of Laba congee are distributed annually by branch temples onthe Buddha’s Enlightenment Day.
Interfaith Harmony inInternational Dharma Propagation
In February, Fo Guang Shan Thaihua Temple held a consecrationceremony for the Triple Gem Buddha Statues in its Main Shrine. Upon MostVenerable Abbot Hsin Ting’s invitation, the ceremony was presided by HisHoliness Somdej Phra Ariyawongsakhatayan, the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand.The ceremony included chanting from both Northern and Southern traditions, aswell as a Sangha offering to 2200 monastics. Although Thaihua Temple is lessthan a decade old, it is the only Chinese Buddhist temple listed amongst theten most magnificent temples in Thailand.
The sunshine of May brought 2,500 peonies from Heze, Shandong intoblossom at Hosuiji Temple, Japan. Abbess Venerable Man Run dedicated theoccasion to Venerable Master, for enabling the conditions that brought aboutthis symbol of auspiciousness and hope for all in this pandemic. In addition,Shibukawa City and the Kan-etsu bus system has included Hosuiji Temple as a keydestination to promote local tourism—an opportunity for locals to learn aboutHumanistic Buddhism.
Across the globe in Bussy Saint-George, France, hailed by the UnitedNations as the city for interfaith dialogue, Fo Guang Shan France hosted the“8th Interfaith Prayer and Light Offering for World Peace Concert.” As reportedby Venerable Miao Duo, representatives from Judaism, Catholicism, Islam,Hinduism, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Buddhism congregated to pray for worldpeace.
In response to the global pandemic, Venerable Man Shin of Fo GuangShan North Island New Zealand created a 3G4G (Three Acts of Goodness and FourGivings) banner hung outside the temple to bring comfort to all who see it.This banner drew the attention of the Auckland Museum and is now part of theircollection. In November, Kia Ora, the inflight magazine of Air New Zealand,published an article on the temple’s Water Drop Tea House, art gallery, andgarden aesthetics, giving passengers a chance to sample Humanistic Buddhism.
According to Venerable Miao You from Brazil, close to 10 millionpeople have registered as “hard of hearing” and sign language is now thecountry’s second official language. To meet the needs of those withdisabilities, and allow them the opportunity to learn about Buddhism, Zu LaiTemple has planned a series of Dharma classes given in sign language.Furthermore, the Lotus Gesture that represents Humanistic Buddhism and BLIA hasbeen included in the vocabulary of the Brazilian Sign Language. This is indeed anew beginning of Dharma propagation in South America.
Venerable Miao Yuan—Head Abbess of FGS South America—has reportedthat Hospital Los Angeles Paraguay-China and BLIA Chinese Charity Foundation ofParaguay have donated 17 incubators, 12 bili lights, and 10 vital signsmonitoring devices to 11 public hospitals in Paraguay, saving more than 10,000infants to date.
To commemorate the 32nd year of Hsi Lai Temple, Venerable Hui Dongespecially created a short film about its history, beginning in 1978 when VenerableMaster first instructed Venerable Tzu Chuang to build a temple in the UnitedStates. Despite many challenges along the way, Humanistic Buddhism had finallybeen brought to the West.
In November, the United Association of Humanistic Buddhism, Chunghuaheld the “5th Humanistic Buddhism Development Seminar and Members Conference”at Jin Guang Ming Temple. The conference consisted not only of severalproposals and discussions, but also included a panel discussion on the Buddhistperspective regarding management. There were 300 participants, includingrepresentatives from Dharma Drum Mountain, Tzu Chi Foundation, Bliss and WisdomSangha, and other temples. During the conference, member organizations thatestablished Buddhist colleges were presented with a set of the Fo Guang Buddhist Canon.
Under the leadership of Venerable Master, Fo Guang Shan AncestralTemple Dajue Temple is nearing the completion of its fourth phase ofconstruction. Similarly, the construction of Tianlong Temple in Nanjing is alsocoming to an end. These are the results of the collaborative efforts byVenerable Miao Shi—Superintendent of FGS Mainland China—and Venerables HuiKuan, Hui Hao, and Hui Ming in Nanjing.
Lastly, I would like to use this opportunity to invite everyone toparticipate in the Buddha Museum’s 10th Anniversary Celebration this upcomingyear, and be part of the united effort in promoting culture and establishing aPure Land on Earth.
The fruits of Dharma propagation, as reported by abbots and abbessesworldwide, are possible only by the whole-hearted support and contributions ofour benefactors, devotees, and friends. In the words of Venerable Master,“Humanistic Buddhism is the light of hope for the future of humanity.” As longas we continue to uphold the spirit expressed by the saying “Buddhism dependson me,” and practice the Buddha’s way—as long as we remember our initialaspirations and find strength in forbearance—world peace and a Pure Land onEarth are not far in the future.
My best wishes to you in perfecting meritand wisdom, and may all be auspicious!
Chairperson,Fo Guang Board of Directors
NewYear’s Day, 2021
(Translatedby the FGS Institute of Humanistic Buddhism, Center of International Affairs)