Arts of Asia July-August 2020 Issue: Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum
Tsz Shan Monastery in Hong Kong is a Chinese Buddhist monastery dedicated to promoting the Buddhist teachings of Clarity, Compassion, and Action. Embraced by the Tolo Harbour and the mountain range of the Eight Immortals, the Monastery occupies about 500,000 square feet and features a solemn and elegant architecture inspired by the Tang-dynasty style. In the bustle of Hong Kong, Tsz Shan Monastery serves as a place for learning about Buddhism as well as a spiritual sanctuary.
The Buddhist Art Museum opened to the public in May 2019. As the first Buddhist art museum in Hong Kong, the Museum aspires to illustrate how Buddhism thrived in different cultures across space and time, and to manifest Buddhist teachings in a tangible and artistic way. The Museum collection encompasses 100 Buddhist statues on permanent display, and 43 pieces of ancient manuscripts exhibited in rotation. They are housed in the 24,000-square-feet base area of the Guan Yin Statue of the Tsz Shan Monastery.
Over the past eighteen years, the fund for land acquisition, planning, and construction of the Tsz Shan Monastery, and the endowment for operation costs are all donated by The Li Ka Shing Foundation. To date, the cumulative total has reached HK$ 3billion. Since opening in 2015, the Tsz Shan Monastery has welcomed more than 1.2 million visits with free admission.
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