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Chinese Temple Amsterdam – or “Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple” – is the biggest Chinese temple of the I.B.P.S. in Europe that is built in a traditional style. It is part of a world-wide Chionese Buddhist organization, the I.B.P.S, which was founded by Vernerable Master Hsing Yun, with a head monastery in Taiwan called the FO Guang Shan Monestery. Read more about the history of this beautiful Chinese Temple Amsterdam, by clicking here.
The organization has smaller temples in many lager European cities as well as monasteries and training centres in the United States, South Africa and Australia. Although the emphasis is mainly on religious activities, Chinese Temple Amsterdam also fulfills an important cultural role for the Chinese community in Holland and especially in Amsterdam.
Every Sunday, from 10.30 a.m. onwards, there is a Sutra recitation in the traditional Chinese way. Sutras are the sayings of the Buddha that have been committed to writing. Everyone who’s interested, is welcome to attend the recitation. Courses in Buddhism and Chinese are also given, both for Chinese as well as Dutch speakers.
Every year in May the birth of the Buddha is celebrated on the Nieuwmarkt.
In the center of the main hall of the temple there is an image of Avalokitesvara, known as Guan Yin Boddisattva in Chinese. Her name means “the wise one full of compassion who perceives everything. She sees with her thousands eyes, one in each had, all the suffering in the world and offers help to all living beings in pain. Her thousand hands symbolize her powers to save all living beings.
On each side of Guan Yin, there are images of Wei Tuo and Qie-Lan, two protectors of Buddhist teachings. On the walls of the hall several tablets with the images of Guan Yin can be seen. The repetition and the large number of these tablets signify that the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha can be found everywhere.
Join our tours to visit or walk past this unique Chinese Temple Amsterdam in the Red Light District!
If you join our tours in the afternoon, it’s possible to visit the Chinese Temple Amsterdam as part of our tour! CLICK HERE to contact us!
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