Construct the Buddha Museum to enshrine the tooth relic
In 1998, Kunga Dorje Rinpoche entrusted Master Hsing Yun with the Buddha’s tooth relic, and a certificate signed by twelve other Rinpoches to authenticate the relic. To enshrine the tooth relic, the construction of the Buddha Museum began in 2003. After nine years, the museum was opened to the public, with the tooth relic shining as the very heart of it.
Origin of the Buddha Museum
Venerable Master Hsing Yun went to India to preside over the Triple Platform Full Ordination Ceremony in 1998. To show gratitude for the contribution that Fo Guang Shan has made in spreading Buddhism, Kunga Dorje Rinpoche entrusted Master Hsing Yun with the Buddha’s tooth relic that he himself had kept and protected secretly for thirty years. He expressed his hope that a memorial could be built in honor of the tooth relic to enhance the spread of Buddhism throughout the world.
Philosophy of the Buddha Museum
Venerable Master Hsing Yun says, “The Buddha Museum is a historic construction that is made for all human beings. The museum belongs to everyone and anybody can come to visit. It is a place of culture and education. Visitors, be they individuals, families, schools or organizations, are free to gather and learn here.”
Throughout his lifetime, Venerable Master Hsing Yun has been advocating Humanistic Buddhism, making tremendous contribution in Buddhist culture, education, charity, and spiritual cultivation, and to the systematization, modernization, humanization, and internationalization of Buddhism!
Under the management and guidance of the first and current Directors, Venerable Tzu Jung and Venerable Ru Chang, the Museum has developed to become an important landmark in Taiwan.