Fo Guang Shan Mapping Project

The ISHB Project Team is currently working on the construction of multi-use GIS maps of Fo Guang Shan institutions (temples, schools, and other organizations) as a resource for scholars.  The specific aim of the project is to provide up-to-date maps of institutional locations that can serve as a starting point for research on Fo Guang Shan and the global spread of Humanistic Buddhism. To date, the Project Team has verified locations and data for temples in Taiwan, North & South America, Australia, Europe, and Africa.

As of November 1, 2019.  Below are three interim resources based on the data we have collected thus far.  The resources available here are being integrated into a single ArcGIS interface.

FGS Temple Locations & Atrributes

A Google map that highlights the data we have collected and provides a comprehensive view of FGS temples around the world. We are also working an expanded data set that will include FGS temples and cultural associations in China and Malaysia (whose locations we still need to confirm) and other FGS-affiliated institutions (schools/universities, art galleries, tea houses, lay organizations) that are an integral part of the FGS network. 

This map serves as a placeholder for a more robust ArcGIS map that is currently under development. As we move forward, we plan to begin building out an ArcGIS location map that will allow increased functionality and viewing options. In addition to this ArcGIS base map currently under construction, sample layers will also be developed that can aid researchers, e.g., temple location and population growth/density.  The data and base map will be made available to scholars, who can then construct and incorporate layers that are relevant to their particular research project(s).

Access the current Google interface by clicking on the map below. 

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Historical Development of FGS Institutions

Below are animated maps that highlight the global spread of FGS temples over time. Users can play the MP4 to view the development from the first temple that Master Hsing Yun taught the dharma in 1954 to FGS temples that exist in the present day. To locate temples in existence during a particular year, one can scrub through the animation to that specific year.

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Story Maps

As we develop the above resources, we plan to also develop "story maps" to create visual narratives that highlight important features f Fo Guang Shan's development.


This sample story map features major temple(s) for each region (Asia/Taiwan, North America, South America, Europe, and Australia).

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The FGS Mapping Project is ongoing.  Please check back periodically for new maps and. updates.





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