Sunday Dharma Service

Sun, December 17 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Buddha's Light Scouts

Sun, December 17 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Yoga Class

Wed, December 13 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Fo Guang Shan Temple Chinese School

Sun, December 17 - 9:30am to 11:45am

Eight Precepts Dharma Service

Sat, December 16 - 9:30am to 9:00pm

Bright Light Chanting Service

Mon, December 18 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

When and where did Buddhism originate and how many schools did it split into?

The Buddha was born about 2,500 years ago in the foothills of the Himalayas, in a small Kingdom Kapilavastu, north of India then. It is now Nepal. His teachings is identified as Buddhism. After his death (nirvana), over time and due to the influences of cultures, the discoveries of more sutras (the Buddha's discourses), the various expansions of his ideology, Buddhism split into two major groups, the Mahayana vehicle spreading along the northern route, the Theravada along the south and the Vajrayana centered in Tibet . Currently, eight different schools are present with the prominent sects such as the Ch'an (Zen), Pureland, Tiantai and Yogacara etc.