In 2002, Fo Guang Yuan Buddhist Temple was established east of Melbourne, in the suburb of Box Hill. Thanks to the blessing of the Triple Gem and Dharma protectors, devotees increased daily until the capacity of Fo Guang Yuan Buddhist Temple was reached. Due to devotees actively seeking access, the temple developed a plan to construct a new temple (42 Rutland Road, Box Hill, VIC 3128) in the City of Whitehorse, close to the shopping district and public transport facilities, as a strategic assembly point for Fo Guang Shan devotees.
Construction commenced on the 10th of November 2009 under the supervision of the Abbott of the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Venerable Hsin Pei, to be completed within 18 months. When the temple opened, the Founder of the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Venerable Master Hsing Yun named the temple “Fo Guang Shan Er You Temple”. The meaning (translated from Chinese) is “You have a temple”, he explains “There are not many Buddhist temples in Melbourne, it seems significant that with Er You Temple you have a temple, and also that ‘I’ have a temple. The importance of Er You Temple to Melbournians is significant, in future it can become a place for Melbournians to recharge spiritually. When you have mental afflictions and doubts in the journey of life, you can come to Er You Temple to bow before the Buddha, regain strength and recharge, before embarking on an even greater journey.”
Level 1: Waterdrop Teahouse which provides delicious vegetarian rice and noodles dishes, snacks, coffee and other drinks. The gift shop provides Buddhist cultural artefacts, texts and audio, statues, chanting beads and charms.
Level 2: Meditation hall which is open from 9am to 4pm for public to drop in and meditate. Occasional health and lifestyle talks are held here. Classrooms are used for Meditation classes, Buddhist sutra study, Buddhism study class, and cultural classes including Chinese calligraphy and arts and craft.
Level 3: Main shrine used to conduct Buddhist ceremonies every Saturday to improve morality and eliminate karmic hindrances. This is a multifunctional modern place to meet kind people and where the Dharmakaya from beings of the ten directions can seek refuge.