Fo Guang Shan

About Fo Guang Shan

Fo Guang Shan (literally meaning the Buddha’s Light Mountain) is one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in the world operating over 300 branch temples and several education institutions.

In Australia and New Zealand, there are 12 Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temples, 10 of which are in Australia, and 3 in the state of Victoria. Fo Guang Shan also operates Nan Tien Institute, Australia’s first government accredited tertiary institution grounded in Buddhist values and wisdom.


Its goal and aims are to promote Humanistic Buddhism around the world by the four founding principles:

  • To propagate Buddhist teachings through cultural activities.
  • To nurture talents through education.
  • To benefit societies through charitable programs.
  • To purify human hearts and minds through Buddhist practices.


Venerable Master Hsing Yun is the founder of the Fo Guang Shan. He has been recognised by international leaders for his bold and innovative methods in spreading Buddhist teachings.


  • Give others faith
  • Give others joy
  • Give  others hope
  • Give  others convenience

About Fo Guang Shan Melbourne

Fo Guang Shan Melbourne was first established in Yarraville in 1992. There are three Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temples across Melbourne.

  1. Fo Guang Shan Melbourne – 89 Somerville Road, Yarraville
  2. Fo Guang Shan Er You Temple – 42 Rutland Road, Box Hill

Fo Guang Shan Melbourne provides religious, educational, community, charitable and cultural services to Victorians, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Fo Guang Shan Melbourne regularly runs meditation classes, weekly Dharma Service and Buddhist Dharma functions throughout the year.

Venerable Man Ko is the head of Fo Guang Shan Melbourne and is also the Head Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temples across Australia and New Zealand. She is based in Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong, New South Wales.