The Buddha’s Light International Association (Chinese: 國際佛光會; pinyin: Guójì fóguāng huì; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: kok-chè Hu̍t-kong ē, commonly known as BLIA, is a Buddhist monastic and lay organization. BLIA was established by Venerable Master Hsing Yun in 1992. The organization is associated with the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order, the largest Buddhist organization in Taiwan.
BLIA is an organization of monastic and lay Buddhists in which Humanistic Buddhism is practiced in everyday life. It is essentially an embodiment of cultivation that entails the participation in Dharma services and activities that are beneficial to society at large. In addition, BLIA maintains friendly ties with devotees of other sects and religions. With its religious characteristics and the essence of education and cultural activities, BLIA’s motivation toward strengthening the faith of people can be greatly enhanced.
In 2003, BLIA was granted the NGO association status by The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and Department of Public Information (DPI) under UN.
The world headquarters is located on the Hsi Lai Temple grounds in Hacienda Heights, California.
What does BLIA do?
The main function of the BLIA is to provide support for the Reverends of the Temple who have a busy and demanding schedule throughout the year. There are many areas in which members can help. These include activities such as preparations for important ceremonies, preparing food, meeting visitors and acting as guides.
During these times volunteers have the opportunity to meet a variety of people, learn about other cultures and experience the workings of the Temple.
Do I have to be a Buddhist to be a member?
No, many of our members are not Buddhists but they support our objectives. They enjoy being part of a diverse team, meeting new friends and working at the Temple. People who share the same purpose and goals as those of the association and share the view of Humanistic Buddhism are duly welcome. Membership is open to all who are 18 years of age and above.
How can I join?
Interested people are welcome to attend meetings and/or activities, as visitors. If you think that you would like to join the BLIA the people at reception will provide you with an application form. Please approach any of our members for details or further information. You can also visit our different branches to get more information about BLIA.