Buddha's Light International Association of QLD
In 1992, Venerable Master Hsing Yun founded the Buddha’s Light International Association with the express aim of focusing activities for Fo Guang Shan’s lay followers. Today over one hundred chapters have been established worldwide.
The Queensland chapter, the BLIAQ, was formed in 1992 as a non profit organisation. It endeavours to serve the community by organising multicultural and spiritual activities, which help to enrich the human mind and benefit society through charitable programs, helping people who suffer from various forms of difficulties, taking a share of social responsibilities and aiming for an establishment of a “pure land” on Earth.
The BLIAQ has over one thousand one hundred members throughout nine branches, namely South District 1, South District 2, Logan, Western District, North District, Chung Tian, Gold Coast, Society Youth and Student Youth branches. Furthermore, the “Loving Care Group” was formed under the wing of BLIAQ and it acts as the charitable arm of the Association. Each branch is self-organised by having its own sub-committee and is under supervision of the Association’s main body.
The activities organised by the BLIAQ cover a wide scope, such as promotion of multiculturalism, human welfare and community awareness. It aims at improving the quality of life of Australian families through multicultural activities, education, recreation, support and assistance.
Each year the BLIAQ, in association with the Chung Tian Temple, organises the Buddha Birth Day Festival in The Parklands at South Bank and the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Temple. Other activities include providing Temple tours to over ten thousand school children annually, participating in activities such as “Clean Up Australia Day” and the “National Tree Planting Day”, visiting aged homes and nursing homes and providing donations for emergency relief assistance like the recent Victorian Bushfire Appeal and the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal.