International Relations Department, Fo Guang Shan Temple


With a heart of compassionate service to humanity and the great vision to purview the world, the International Relations Department of Fo Guang Shan Temple united the international Buddhist community of women.

They honored all three lineages of Buddhism: Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana and brought together Buddhist nuns from all corners of the world to study together, to share, to learn, to grow and to ordain.

They orchestrated Sangha elders from all lineages to come forth and travel with their batches of newly polished nuns into India where they ordained them. Thus, they wove a rope of light, completed the circle, overcame sectarianism, and united the international Buddhist community.

For this and countless other meritorious deeds, we bow in gratitude to their international efforts of peace.