佛光山波士頓三佛中心緣起

Arising of the Temple

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佛光山波士頓三佛中心是台灣佛光山在麻州波士頓第一個道場,1990起心定和尚及慧開法師至波士頓麻省理工學院 (MIT) 演講, 為佛光山在波士頓弘法之始。後有佛光山副住持兼國際佛光會副秘書長慧傳法師介紹人間佛教理念。1997年星雲大師至Billerica演講,有三百多人聆聽開示,「佛光會波士頓協會」正式成立。1998年由佛光山購買一餐廳,以為弘法道場。大師乃名為「佛光山三佛中心」取「哈佛佛光山佛光緣」三佛字之意。1999年1月3日,三佛中心道場正式啟用。三佛中心之前,坐落於劍橋市的麻州大道上,位於哈佛大學和麻省理工學院中間,人文會粹。設有滴水坊, 書局及流通處。除了固定週日共修外, 還設烹飪、中文才藝班、 讀書會、 英文禪修班、兒童禪修班、 英文法談班 (Dharma with Dinner) 等。 滴水坊訪客除了附近上班人士外, 尚有哈佛大學、 麻省理工學院、波士頓大學的教授和學生。每年五月在Boston Common〈全美最老的公園,1634年成立〉舉行聯合浴佛法會,邀請韓國、越南、緬甸、泰國、日本、西藏等法師信徒共同慶祝,蔚為佛教界一大事。其間,經過依恒、永東、依法、滿貴、滿普、滿敬、覺昭、妙覺、滿光法師、覺泉等法師们的努力策劃營運,三佛中心已成為中國信徒及當地美籍人士的聚集中心。由於信徒的增加和場地的不足,三佛中心於2014年遷移在劍橋市另外一個更大的建築 (圖2) ,希望擴大在當地人間佛教的宏揚。

 

Fo Guang Buddhist Temple of Boston (FGBTB) is the first temple that Fo Guang Shan Temple established in Massachusetts.  In 1990 Venerable Hsin Ting and Venerable Hui Kai were invited by Boston Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to give Dharma talks and subsequently Venerable Hui Chuan was invited to give a talk on Humanistic Buddhism.  In 1997, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of FGBT Boston gave a public talk in Billerica with more than 300 people attended and from there they established the Buddha’s Light International Association Boston sub-chapter.  In 1998 Fo Guang Shan Temple purchased a restaurant located on Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, in between Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to propagate Dharma in Boston. This place was name as the Fo Guang Shan Triple Buddha’s Center (also known as Greater Boston Buddhist Cultural Center (International Buddhist Progress Society)) which in Chinese means the “Harvard, Fo Guang Shan and Buddha’s Light Center” and the opening ceremony was held on January 3, 1999.  The center was operated as a teahouse and a bookstore, however, the center also includes all kind of interest classes including reading group, English meditation class, Children meditation class, and Dharma with Dinner session  etc.  The center services all range of local communities, especially the professors and students from Harvard University and MIT.  The center also had many interactions with the local Buddhist communities and religious groups.  Due to the growth of the members and also the limitation of the venue, in 2014 Fo Guang Buddhist Temple of Boston has shifted to 711 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA 01238 to provide a bigger space for propagating Buddhism.