A Summary of Beijing Longquan Monastery

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2017-09-12 23:48:37
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Longquan Monastery is located at the foot of the Phoenix Ridge, a magnificent mountain range in western Beijing with layers of steep peaks overlooking its downtown region. First built in the early Yingli years of the Liao Dynasty in 957, with a history spanning over 1,000 years, this sacred temple has undergone myriad changes and transformations since its conception. Its history mirrors the ups and downs of China’s extensive history.

Longquan Monastery is located at the foot of the Phoenix Ridge, a magnificent mountain range west of Haidian District, Beijing. The monastery was first constructed during the Liao Dynasty. Today, it has become a highly modern monastery with a rich history. Since 11 April 2005, it has been open to the public, and the President of the Buddhist Association of China, Venerable Master Xuecheng, serves as the Abbot of the monastery.

Ever since its official opening to the public, Longquan Monastery has dedicated its effort towards combining traditional Buddhist teaching with the values of modern civilization. It tries to integrate into and serve mainstream society. Longquan Monastery explores new ways, new methods and new forms of transmitting traditional Chinese culture to the world. It carefully upholds a management model which “teaches the monks through precepts, leads the laypeople through the Sangha and fosters mutual cooperation between the monastic and the laity”. In this way, it actively seeks to cultivate talents in both monastic and lay assemblies, in hopes of carrying Buddha’s Dharma forward and promote his teachings more widely. Currently, the monastery’s Dharma-promotion activities consist of “five departments and three centres”: the Construction Department, the Culture Department, the Charity Department, the Publicity Department, the Education Department, the Translation Centre, the Animation Centre, and the Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology Centre (AIITC). Through labour division, these departments and centres push forward the progress of many developments in the monastery. These include hardware construction, publication of books and DVDs, social charity, a website promoting traditional Chinese culture, education of laypeople, Buddhist translation and exchanges, comics and animation creation, as well as the digitization of information and network construction.

The Journey of Dharma Transmission of Longquan Monastery

Feb. 2006: Ven. Master Xuecheng opened a blog on Sina Blog.

Oct. 2006: Beijing Ren Ai Charity Foundation was founded.

Aug. 2008: The monastery website, Voice of Longquan, was set up and running in both Chinese and English.

Feb. 2011: Ven. Master opened microblogging accounts on Weibo in eight languages, including Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

Dec. 2012: The series of Monk’s Blog reached 100 volumes, and the collection was edited and published.

Sept. 2015: The Monastery published and distributed 18 series and 297 lectures of “The Dharma Talks of Ven. Master Xuecheng” in DVDs and T-Flash cards.

Oct. 2015: “Xian’er”, the robot monk, was born.

Oct. 2015: The 8 volumes (32 books) of The Series of Collated and Explained Nanshan Precepts was published.

Dec. 2015: Longquan’s first monastery abroad — The Longquan Great Compassion Monastery in the Netherlands — was consecrated. 

Jul. 2016: Longquan’s first monastery in Africa — the Longquan Bohua Temple in Botswana — had its Great Buddha’s Hall consecrated. 

Jan. 2017: The “Journey of a Mentally Challenged Child to Offer Congee”, initiated by Beijing Ren Ai Charity Foundation Tsinghua Stop, was listed as one of “the most internationally influential stories of social charity in China”.

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