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The objectives of Fo Guang Shan are to promote the principles of Humanistic Buddhism and to foster peace and harmony among all peoples of the world. The founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, has guided this effort by providing educational opportunities, sponsoring cultural events, engaging in community service, and by extensively writing and teaching about the Buddhist path of wisdom and compassion. Venerable Master Hsing Yun emphasizes not needing to "go some place else" to find enlightenment (paradise), for we can realize our true nature right 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.
Fo Guang Buddhist Temple of Boston (FGBTB) is the first temple that Fo Guang Shan Temple established in Massachusetts since 1998. The mission of the temple is to promote Humanistic Buddhism in Great Boston Area and hope that more people knows about Buddhism and apply the teachings of Buddhism in their daily life to experience peace. The center is operated as a Buddhist temple with Main Shrine, meditation hall and library, at the sametime it has a teahouse and a bookstore. The center also organized various Sunday services, interested classes, meditation classes, etc. The center services all range of local communities, especially the professors and students from Harvard University, MIT, BU, BC, and etc. The center also had many interactions with the local Buddhist communities and religious groups.