I had often read in our local paper about a Buddhist Temple which is only a 10 minute drive from home. I always wanted to visit but never got around to it until recently when we had interstate visitors and I thought it would be a good place to take friends. I was surprised at the size of the place and the extent in which they help the community.
The Chung Tian Temple was built in 1993 in a bush setting on the border of Brisbane City and Logan City. It is a palace like building.
The entrance and pathways are lined with statues and Chinese gardens.
As you walk through the entrance it opens into a pretty courtyard. I just missed capturing a fellow banging the bell with the swinging wooden gong. There were many rooms for different activities; classrooms, conference rooms, dining rooms and prayer rooms. (No photos allowed inside) There were many photos displayed of activities held there for the community and school children. Chinese writing, art, meditation and Thai Chi.
We walked out of the courtyard to a pagoda like temple. It was a beautiful building.
I could take pictures from the doorway. We took off our shoes and went inside. It was so calm and peaceful in there. The walls were covered in thousands of little identical plaques but each had a different number. I wondered why and should have asked one of the attendants but I was too shy.
We walked back into the courtyard and then through the front entrance. The statue in the entrance is of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Foguangshan Buddhist Order in Taiwan.
Chung Tian means "central heaven". It is a cultural, educational and religious centre for devotees, students, scholars and tourists alike. It is in a tranquil, woodland setting and gives credence to the saying...'"Chung Tian temple is heaven in Australia" (Information from a brochure published by the Buddhist Assoc. of Qld.)