CHUNG TIAN TEMPLE, also know as:International Buddhist Association of QLD (IBAQ)
Chung Tian Temple, which means “Middle Heaven”, was constructed in 1992 using traditional Chinese Buddhist architecture – it is situated between Brisbane and Logan, Queensland. Surrounded by nature, the Temple provides a peaceful and culturally beautiful venue for the community to celebrate its multicultural diversity and multi-faith harmony through Humanistic Buddhism.
Celebrations and Activities
|The public are welcome to join in all activities:|
|Cultural and Multi-faith Celebrations|
1) Chinese New Year festivals, concerts and Chinese cultural arts performances (classical and contemporary dance, music, arts, and choirs).
|Education and Community access|
1) Meditation sessions, Buddhist services and Buddhist study classes for the public (beginners to advanced levels, classes held throughout the year).
2) Thousands of school students, tourists, dignitaries, and the public visit the temple every year.
|Community Wellbeing programs|
1) Environmental awareness: planting trees and “Clean Up” days.
The founder of Buddhism, Sakyamuni Buddha, was born into this world. He cultivated himself in this world, attained awakening in this world, and shared with others the deep truths he realized in this world. The human world was emphasized in everything he did.
| Why did the Buddha attain awakening as a human being?|
Why did the Buddha attain awakening as a human being, and not as a heavenly being, an asura, an animal, a ghost, or in hell? Taking this question one step further, why did the Buddha not attain awakening in the distant future or the forgotten past? Why did he choose our world and our time? There can only be one reason: the Buddha wanted the teachings of Buddhism to be relevant to the human world.
The Buddha’s life as a human being can serve as an inspiration and as a model for spiritual practice in our own lives. We call the teachings of the Buddha “Humanistic Buddhism” to emphasize that they can be integrated into all aspects of our daily lives. Humanistic Buddhism has six characteristics: 1. Humanity, 2. Emphasis on daily life, 3. Altruism, 4. Joyfulness, 5. Timeliness and 6. Universal.
| Learn more about Humanistic Buddhism|
Humanistic Buddhism focuses on integrating spirituality into people’s daily lives and so becomes a ‘practical’ way of living. It is relevant to all aspects of life including relationships, education, environment, culture, economics, and politics whilst emphasizing personal peace, compassion, family and community harmony.
| Vision & Principles of Chung Tian Temple|
Through Master Hsing Yun’s vision of mutual understanding and peace, the Chung Tian Temple has four principles that guide its direction and activities.
Dedicated to Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Kuan Yin), and the manifestation of compassion within us all. In Chinese the Bodhisattva is known as Kuan Yin.
A Buddhist blessing bell in the temple courtyard. A reminder to herald peace and harmony. An offering to Buddhist teachings may be made by ringing the large Blessing Bell in the centre court.
Lotus Treasury World
The Lotus Treasury World located within the Tea Chan room contains lotus flowers with Buddha statues reminiscent of ‘floating on a sea of fragrant water’ – the world is in the palm of your hand.
Meditation is the fundamental practice of Buddhism; it promotes peace of mind, clarity in thinking, and the development of wisdom. The Meditation Hall provides space for regular meditation classes and retreats and many individuals engage in personal meditation here.
SUTRA TRANSCRIPT ROOM
Equipped with traditional and modern Chinese calligraphy material. A great way to experience oriental arts.
The conference room can accommodate 120 people. It is equipped with modern faculties and is an ideal of lectures and workshops.
The museum houses a substantial collection of Buddha and Bodhisattva statues, Dharma instruments, Chinese calligraphic works, paintings, crafts and other Asian artifacts.
Chung Tian Art Gallery
The Art Gallery aims at exhibitions of different kinds of arts and masterpieces, and showcasing artworks and collections with cultural and artistic value, both from local and overseas artists, to bring Eastern and Western cultures together to raise the cultural awareness in the community through art, both traditional and contemporary.
Water Drop Teahouse
“Repaying droplets of kindness with springs of gratitude”. A drop of water can nurture countless lives. The Teahouse provides visitors tranquil and comfortable surroundings to relax with light vegetarian meals and refreshments.
The art of tea is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea. Buddhism combines the tea ceremony with meditation often known as Tea Chan. Chung Tian Temple has a special tea Chan room to welcome visitors where tea is served.
The Tea Room is intended to provide a peaceful haven for visitors having a cup of tea. Visitors are invited to help themselves to refreshment and/or to sit quietly with friends to reflect on the beauty of the Temple.
The Pagoda has three halls. The Centre has a large Amitabha statue and represents the Pure Land. The ceiling with its Eight Celestial Beings conveys the ideal beauty of the Pure Land.
CHAN, ZEN & ARHAT GARDENS
Traditional Chinese gardens surround the temple with sculptured landscapes and plants. Gardens contain statuary and plants chosen to create a peaceful ambiance while the presence of a Bodhi tree is indicative of the place at which the Buddha found enlightenment. Eighteen majestic Arhat statues are placed in the Garden Area.