Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: When are the different parts of the temple open?

Temple grounds – 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Main Hall – 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Meditation Hall – 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday, unless being used by meditation groups or tour groups.
Pagoda – Weekdays – 9.30 am to 3.00 pm
Weekends – 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Art Gallery – Weekdays – 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Weekends – 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
Water Drop Tea House – Weekdays – 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Weekends – 09.00 am to 3.30 pm
Gift Shop – Weekdays – 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Weekends – 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Q2: Are there facilities for the disabled?

Yes, we have toilets for the disabled, as well as ramps to avoid using steps. Those using the ramps are suggested to bring an umbrella in case of rain, as the ramps go under the roof, & there are no roof gutters.

Q3: Can wheel chairs & walkers be taken into the main hall & pagoda?

Yes, they can, but not into the Meditation Hall.

Q4: Do people have to take off their shoes when entering the buildings?

People are kindly requested to remove their shoes when entering the main hall, the meditation hall & the pagoda, unless there are medical reasons not to do so.

Q5: Is the food in the tea house vegetarian?

Yes, all food offered in the temple is vegetarian.

Q6: Is it ok to bring food & drink to the temple?

Yes, but no meat, fish, eggs, or alcohol. Food & drink brought into the temple grounds should be consumed outside, away from the tea house.

Q7: Can people smoke at the temple?

No, smoking is prohibited on the temple grounds.

Q8: Can pets be brought to the temple?

Only guide dogs. The temple is on the edge of a nature reserve, so there is much wildlife, which needs to be left undisturbed.

Q9: Is it ok to feed the wildlife?

No, we kindly ask that people refrain from feeding the wildlife, as animals which eat food which is not part of their natural diet, can contract diseases, causing them suffering.

Q10: Can photographs & videos be taken on temple grounds?

It is ok to take photos & videos from outside the buildings, but photography & videos are not allowed inside the buildings, without prior written permission for special circumstances.

Q11: Can mobile phones be used at the temple?

Yes, mobile phones can be used in the temple grounds, but it is asked that when inside the Main Hall, the Meditation Hall, or the Pagoda, that mobile phones be turned to silent.

Q12: Are children welcome at the temple?

Yes, children are very welcome, but it is requested that children under 12 are accompanied by an adult.

Q13: Can belongings be stored anywhere in the temple grounds?

Yes, there are lockers for storing personal possessions, outside the Meditation Hall, but the temple takes no responsibility for the loss of items stored in the lockers. Valuables should not be stored in the lockers for this reason. Lockers require a $1 coin, which is returned when you unlock the locker. School children are requested to leave their bags on the bus.

Q14: Is there a parking bay for busses/coaches?

In terms of parking a bus, once you enter the through the main gates, take the second right. As you proceed, you will see an eight storey pagoda on your right. Follow the road until you have to turn around. Once the pagoda is on the left, drive just past it & park in the large bay on the left.

Q15: Is it possible to receive a receipt for tour group donations?

Yes, if you make the donation at the start of the tour, at the front office, a receipt can be prepared for you to pick up, from the front office, at the end of the tour.

Q16: Do you have a website?

Yes, the website is www.chungtian.org.au

Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Master_Hsing_n_Cr_Campbell_v2Venerable Master Hsing Yun was born in Chiangsu Province, China in 1927 and entered a monastery near Nanjing at age twelve. He was fully ordained in 1941 and is the 48th patriarch of the Linchi (Rinzai) Ch’an school. In 1949, amid the turbulence of civil war, he went to Taiwan.

In Taiwan, he began fulfilling his long-held vow of promoting Humanistic Buddhism, which takes to heart spiritual practice in daily life. With an emphasis on not needing to “go some place else” to find enlightenment, we can realize our true nature in the here and now, within this precious human birth and this world. When we actualize altruism, joyfulness, and universality, we are practicing the fundamental concepts of Humanistic Buddhism. When we give faith, hope, joy, and service, we are helping all beings, as well as ourselves. For nearly a half century, Venerable Master Hsing Yun has devoted his efforts to transforming this world through the practice of Humanistic Buddhism.

He is the founder of the Fo Guang Shan International Buddhist Order, which is headquartered in Taiwan and supports temples worldwide. The Order emphasizes education and service and maintains public universities, Buddhist colleges, libraries, publishing houses, Buddhist art galleries and tearooms, free mobile medical clinics, children’s home, retirement home, high school, and television station. The Order’s lay service organization, Buddha’s Light International Association, also has active chapters worldwide.

Venerable Master Hsing Yun is an outspoken proponent of equality among all people and religious traditions. The Order has the largest number of female monastics of any Buddhist order today. By providing and supporting educational and leadership opportunities, he has worked to improve the status of women in Taiwan. He has held full ordination ceremonies for women of the Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana traditions. In addition, Master Hsing Yun annually organizes conferences to bring together the various Buddhist schools and to promote dialogue between Buddhists and other major religious groups.

Master Hsing Yun is a prolific writer and has authored over one hundred books in Chinese. His writings have been translated into English and many other languages. His works of the Life of Sakyamuni Buddha and the sixteen-volume Fo Guang Buddhist Dictionary have both won Taiwan’s highest humanitarian awards. His biography Handing Down the Light, Hsing Yun’s Ch’an Talks, The Lion’s Roar, The Hundred Sayings Series, and The Humanistic Buddhism Series are published in Taiwan and are in English. Being Good: A Guide to Buddhist Ethics, Only a Great Rain, Lotus in a Stream, Where is Your Buddha Nature: Stories to Instruct and Inspire are published by American publishers and are in English. His numerous lectures also continue to be translated into English.

Based in Taiwan, Venerable Master Hsing Yun travels extensively. His insightful, engaging, and witty lectures unfailingly endear him to audiences. He reminds us that to transform our world, we must be actively engaged in it. “Community transcends the individual,” he says, “and in doing so, fulfills the individual in the most complete way possible.” Wherever he goes, he encourages people to unite both the local and global community into a world of complete equality, joyfulness, and perfect peace.

Parents Consent for posting photos

Dear Parents,

We are currently building the Chung Tian Temple website for members, parents, students, and the general public to access information about the Temple and its activities. The photos will only be of events, ceremonies and the usual activities that are within Chung Tian Temple or directly related.

Today we are asking for your permission for photos of your child to be posted on this site. The site will be open to the general public.

As we require your permission to enable us to do this, please fill out the form below.

*I hereby give my permission for my son/daughter to have their photos displayed on the Chung Tian Temple web site and in all publications. Thank you!