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The Buddha Army Guards in Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan
Venerable Master Hsing Yun founded Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan in 1967, propelled by a vision to disseminate Buddhist values for the benefit of humanity. Fo Guang Shan follows the traditions of Chan (Zen) Buddhism. Venerable Master Hsing Yun is the 48th patriarch of the Chinese Linji (Rinzai) Lineage.
Today there are over 200 branches of Fo Guang Shan throughout the five continents. Together, Fo Guang Shan strives to serve the congregations and communities by providing educational opportunities, sponsoring cultural events, engaging in charity work, and conducting worship and meditation services. Guided by the principles of Humanistic Buddhism and the ideals of the Buddhist Pure Land, its ultimate goal is to foster peace and harmony among all people of the world. Humanistic Buddhism recognizes the compatibility of the eight schools of Mahayana, with Ch'an and Pure Land being the most prevalent at the Monastery.

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