About Us

If you want to learn more about us, you’re in the right place. Read to learn how we managed to bond with our community.

Our story

Fo Guang Shan Montreal’s Hua Yan Temple was established in 1997, later moved to our current location in 2002. It’s now located on the eastern side of the Montreal Metropolitan Region allowing the residents of this second largest city in Canada to study and practice Buddhism.

The facilities include a gracious Main Shrine, Five Contemplations Dining Hall, Water Drop Teahouse, classrooms, and a library with thousands of books, providing devotees places to calm and purify the body and mind.

Fo Guang Shan Temple practices the Bodhisattva path and encourages Fo Guang Members to serve the world before renouncing it, save the living before liberating the dead, live a good life before dying a good death, and progress gradually in their practice. Commitments to the society and Humanistic Buddhism are our priorities, with active involvement in education, culture, charity, medical care and various initiatives to benefit the people.   

Dharma services are held every Sunday, along with regular activities such as Dharma talks, lectures, sutra reading, meditation class, Dharma classes, interest classes, school and community visits to promote cultivation and practice goodness.

Our annual charity efforts include fundraising events with the Canadian Cancer Society, Montreal Children Hospital, Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as visit to Montreal Chinese Hospital and Seniors Resident Centers, with the aim to radiate the light of Buddha to all sentient beings.