Tsz Shan Monastery in Hong Kong

The big Buddha of Tsz Shan Monastery

Tsz Shan is a Chinese Buddhist monastery that practices the Dharma preached by Sakyamuni Buddha. Mr. Li Ka-shing, the richest man in Asia, started the Tsz Shan Monastery project in 2003 and to date has donated over HK$1.7 billion to this institute of Buddhist studies. Completed in 2013, the centrepiece of the monastery is the 76 meter white statue of the Goddess of Mercy Guan Yin. The bronze-forged-white statue is holding a pearl in her right hand to bring peace to worshippers and help fulfill their wishes. The monastery organises Dharma talks and lectures, spiritual practices, experiential programmes, educational activities, and community services. On the western side of the monastery are dormitories for 80 monks and has additional guest rooms. One room, aka the bunker, comes with bullet proof windows and this explains why security at the entrance is so strict. Although he has not passed away yet I assume this is the private mausoleum for Mr Li-Ka-shing. If you donate that kind of money you are reserved a few special privileges including one dedicated monk who is praying daily on your behalf.

Tsz Shan Monastery IMG_8336Goddess of Mercy Guan Yin

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