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Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastic Choir PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank   
Sunday, 06 August 2006

A new Buddhist music and chanting segment is now on the World Buddhist Radio. The music, by the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastic Choir, was published by Oracle Records of Taiwan in 1998.

The Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastic Choir was originally founded in 1978 by the Venerable Master Hsing Yun. Following is the story of the Choir, from www.fgs.ca:

More than 40 years ago, Buddhism in Taiwan was conservative. The youth also lacked an interest in Buddhism. In order to generate an interest amongst the youth, Venerable Master Hsing Yun established a youth choir to attract them through song.


Under the leadership of Venerable Master, the youth choir followed him whenever he toured to spread the Dharma. Later songs by the choir group were broadcast by the Taipei Chinese Broadcasting Company. It was indeed an historic era for Buddhist music to be broadcast across the airwaves. After Venerable Master established the Buddhist College, the monastic students were taught the traditional Chinese Buddhist music and in 1979 Fo Guang Shan Buddhist College was made responsible for fostering talent through Buddhist music concerts. They first performed at the Taipei Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Taipei Cultural Hall followed by many more concerts held at various public theatres.

"Buddhist Music as a Means of Promoting the Dharma" has always been the vision of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, therefore members of the Choir were screened for selection and practiced constantly in order to qualify for international performance tours in Asia, America, Europe and Australia. Their performances have gained profound recognition from experts and scholars in the field of music. It is hoped that in this way Chinese Buddhist music and Buddhism can be introduced to the world.

We encourage you to tune in and share in the beautiful chanting of the Buddha Dhamma. 


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