Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple is a multi-functional, ten story building, equipped with modern facilities for religious, educational and cultural activities. It is under the worldwide Buddhist order of Fo Guang Shan (FGS), which means Buddha’s Light Mountain. FGS is based in Taiwan and is founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. It has more than 300 temples around the world. In the Philippines, FGS has three other temples, namely, FGS Chu Un Temple in Cebu, FGS Yuan Thong Temple in Bacolod and Fo Guang Yuen in Iloilo.
A Place for Practice
FGS Mabuhay Temple is an oasis of spiritual practice in the center of a busy urban environment. It offers regular Chinese Dharma services such as services held during the 1st and 15th day of the month, the Great Compassion Repentance Dharma Service held every 3rd Sunday of the month and the Amitabha Dharma Service held every Saturday. An English Dharma Service followed by a meditation session is held every 4th Sunday of the month as part of Dharma Sunday.
An Educational Center
FGS Mabuhay Temple also houses Guang Ming College, the the 5th consortium school of the Fo Guang Shan higher education system. Fo Guang College’s pedagogy focuses on students as individual human beings, who can be fully developed via a healthy environment that nurtures their critical thinking and artistic talents. Ultimately, the college envisions a community of socially responsible individuals who are productive and actively engaged in creating a Pureland here on earth. The college is initially offering three major programs: Dance, Theater and Performing Arts, and Buddhist Studies. It offers full scholarships based on demonstrated potential and financial need.
A Wellness Hub
Inside FGS Mabuhay Temple is the Waterdrop Teahouse, a café that serves delicious and healthful vegetarian meals, snacks and beverages.
A Place to Visit
Many schools regularly visit FGS Mabuhay Temple as a place of interest during their educational tours. From kindergarten to university level, teachers bring their students to FGS Mabuhay Temple to learn more about Buddhism and Chinese culture. FGS Mabuhay Temple accepts requests for guided temple tours from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9AM to 5PM.
A Center for Art and Culture
FGS Mabuhay Temple is a venue for cultural exchanges and experiences. Major events such as the Buddha’s Birthday, Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival serve as a stage for cultural shows and programs. Music and theater groups and individual artists also come to FGS Mabuhay Temple to foster and share their talents. Through the Fo Guang Yuen art gallery located at the 3rd floor of the building, the temple also provides a venue for the visual arts through seasonal exhibits.
A Charitable Institution
Registered as a non-profit organization with the Philippine Security and Exchange Commission as the International Buddhist Progress Society of Manila, Inc. (IBPS), the temple, together with the socio-civic organization Buddha’s Light International Association Philippines (BLIA), holds year-round charitable works, such as wheelchair donations and emergency relief for victims of natural disasters.