The Launch of Buddha’s Light Spiritual Care Group

Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto and the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Toronto Chapter have united for a common cause: to increase support and service for BLIA members. Three seminars on spiritual care were held over two days from December 8 to the 9.


Seminars were offered in three separate virtual sessions in Cantonese and Mandarin. The speaker was Stephanie Hong, the former Director of BLIA Toronto Chapter. She is currently a Registered Psychotherapist and Spiritual Care Practitioner.


Stephanie spoke about the establishment of the spiritual care group, its meaning and importance. It is the aim of this group to help BLIA members, Fo Guang Shan volunteers, and their families, should they have need of spiritual support during a family member’s dying days.


About 72 BLIA members attended.


Venerable Chueh Fan, the Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, believes that spiritual care services could help patients and their families, which could bring comfort and guidance to their lives. This year, the pandemic caused by Covid-19 has brought dismay, helplessness and sadness to our lives, and many families have lost their loved ones. Therefore, Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto and BLIA Toronto Chapter established the “Buddha’s Light Spiritual Care Group” to help those in need. For over 20 years, the Buddha’s Light Caring Group and Chanting Support Group have worked tirelessly in the community. If they are able to increase the level of care and services that they could provide, then more people could benefit from them.