加國五台山工程回顧

A Progress Review on the Construction of Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada

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加國五台山大雄寶殿於2019年10月5日落成開光!

多少人翹首以盼,嘔心瀝血,多少人慷慨解囊,祈福禱告,終得諸佛菩薩加持。加國五台山大雄寶殿的落成,建造了適應北美新時代,體現中國文化特色的弘法中心。初步完成了兩代高僧孜孜以求的夢想!這是加拿大佛教史上的一座豐碑。加拿大佛教會湛山精舍於2019年10月5日舉辦加拿大五台山大雄寶殿落成,佛像開光的大型慶典活動。

在此,對加拿大五台山的建設歷程作一回顧。

The Grand Opening Ceremony of the Main Buddha Hall

The Grand Opening Ceremony of the Main Buddha Hall has taken place on October 5, 2019!

After patiently waiting over the years by many communities all over the world, donating over time by many friends both local and overseas, and with the blessings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada is coming to fruition.  The great vision of the founding venerable masters of The Buddhist Association of Canada Cham Shan Temple is one step closer to fulfillment. 

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工程概述

加拿大佛教四大名山位於安大略省東北部 Peterborough County 和 City of Kawartha Lakes 之間的四塊風景優美之地,距離多倫多市區约100公里。四大名山工程擬在四個方位,分別是五台山、峨眉山、普陀山和九華山,總占地面積1350英畝(約計9000中國畝)。其中,加國五台山工程,佔地約535英畝。

2011年,加拿大佛教會湛山精舍發起籌建加國五台山活動。最重要核心部分為建造五台山大雄寶殿。其唐代建築風格,仿照中國山西五台山佛光寺東大殿而造。七開間佛教殿堂,大雄寶殿等全部為木結構,未用一釘一鉚,完美展現了中國傳統建築藝術,表現出極高的匠人工藝。

經過近八年的努力,加國五台山仿唐式大雄寶殿於2019年10月初竣工,舉行了盛大的落成開光典禮。

建成後的加國五台山是一個集宗教、文化、藝術、教育、環保、旅遊等多功能的文化園區,將對加拿大經濟、文化、宗教、以及慈善事業做出重要貢獻。

The Grand Design of the Project

1350 acres of scenic land were purchased in Peterborough County and City of Kawartha Lakes, northeast of Toronto for the construction of the Four Great Sacred Buddhist Gardens in Canada, namely Wutai Shan, Emei Shan, Putuo Shan and Jiuhua Shan Buddhist Gardens. These parcels of land were chosen for their tranquility and the beautiful natural environment of the local regions. They are ideal ‘pure lands’ on earth for learning the Buddha’s teachings, to discover the true Buddha-nature within oneself and the path to enlightenment. They are also great places to build meditation retreat centres.

Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada is the first site to be developed on 535 acres of land. On this site, additional wooden structures such as the Manjusri Hall, the Samantabhadra Hall, the Avalokitesvara Hall, the Ksitigarbha Hall and the Heavenly Kings Hall will be built at a later date.

When completed, these wooden temples will have significant architectural recognition in the world. It will be the largest single Buddhist complex outside China for the promulgation of Chinese Buddhism in North America, and at the same time promoting Chinese culture and Tang-Dynasty style architecture, strengthening cultural exchange and friendship between China and Canada, uniting all branches of Buddhism throughout the world.

The opening of the Main Buddha Hall marks an important milestone in this iconic project, where “East meets West”, showcasing Chinese tradition and culture. It is a significant chapter in the history of Canada, as Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada will also play an important role in promoting local tourism and stimulating economic development in the local regions, contributing further to multiculturalism in Canada.

湛山三位开山长老在1967年来到加拿大弘法之初就发宏愿,希望有朝一日在加拿大这块土地上建设加国佛教名山。
湛山三位开山长老在1967年来到加拿大弘法之初就发宏愿

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  湛山三位开山长老在1967年来到加拿大弘法之初就发宏愿,希望有朝一日在加拿大这块土地上建设加国佛教名山。

当年,性空长老购买四块巨石,刻四大名山菩萨之名号于其上
当年,性空长老购买四块巨石,刻四大名山菩萨之名号于其上,现今供奉于湛山精舍山门之外。

当年,性空长老购买四块巨石,刻四大名山菩萨之名号于其上,现今供奉于湛山精舍山门之外。

性空长老认为,唯有发扬文殊菩萨之大智、普贤菩萨之大行、观音菩萨之大悲和地藏菩萨之大愿,加国佛教事业才会昌隆。后来达义大和尚秉承师志,带领湛山四众弟子不畏艰难发起创建加国佛教四大名山,因缘正是如此。

The Beginning of a Great Vision

In 1967, the three founders arrived in Canada to propagate Chinese Buddhism, and hoped to find a suitable site for this important mission.  A property was donated for the purpose of establishing Cham Shan Temple. The three founding venerable masters placed four rocks inscribed with the names of the Bodhisattvas outside the gate of Cham Shan Temple, to promote the wisdom of Manjusri Bodhisattva, the practice of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, the compassion of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and the resolve of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, hoping that the teachings of the Bodhisattvas would flourish in Canada, and the Buddhist followers will be showered with blessings and protection from the Buddha.

三老传法,后继有人

  2003年,诚祥长老、乐渡长老、性空长老三位长老传法于达义大和尚。

2004年,达义大和尚受三位长老之命,来到加拿大担任湛山精舍住持,之后担任加拿大佛教会会长,管理湛山精舍及其下属道场。

2005年购买了四大名山其中的三座山的土地,加上性空长老之前购买的一块土地,刚好完成四大名山的土地购买。

接下来大和尚秉承师志,开始筹建加拿大佛教四大名山的工程。

多年来,这一壮举,得到了世界各地的佛教弟子和护法居士的大力支持和慷慨捐款。同时得到了加拿大三级政府和中国驻加拿大大使馆及驻多伦多领事馆、中国国家宗教局、中国佛教协会、中国佛教四大名山的肯定和高度评价。

2003年,诚祥长老、乐渡长老、性空长老三位长老传法于达义大和尚。
2003年,诚祥长老、乐渡长老、性空长老三位长老传法于达义大和尚。
Venerable Dayi Shi

In 2004, Venerable Dayi Shi became abbot of Cham Shan Temple, and the torch was passed onto him to continue the great work of developing the Four Great Sacred Buddhist Gardens in Canada.

2008年,最初的荒山野岭,达义大和尚带领少数信徒洒净、选址。
2008年,最初的荒山野岭,达义大和尚带领少数信徒洒净、选址。

披荆斩棘,开山辟野

  2008年,最初的荒山野岭,达义大和尚带领少数信徒洒净、选址。

湛山精舍从无到有、从小到大,发展到今天,成为加拿大汉传佛教最大的寺院。不仅如此,达义大和尚更是发愿秉承师志,带领湛山四众弟子不畏艰难,创建加国佛教四大名山,体现了达义大和尚的悲心宏愿。

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加国五台山开建伊始,得诸佛菩萨加被,龙天护佑,已有种种不可思议的真实故事发生。由此可见,此山此水正是诸佛菩萨加持之灵地。此地四季分明,秋有落叶,冬有冰雪,夏有凉风,春有花开。

Worked Hard To Build This Monumental Project

From a humble beginning with nothing, to its current position being the largest single Chinese Buddhist complex in Canada, Cham Shan Temple has worked hard to build this monumental project, with fervent support from both the Canadian and Chinese governments, together with the generous donations from the public, the sangha and the laity from all corners of the world. This is a great project undertaken with great vows and great compassion for the benefits of all communities.

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