Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong

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Nan Tien Temple is a Buddhist temple complex located in the industrial suburb of Berkeley, on the southern outskirts of the Australian city of Wollongong, approximately south of Sydney.Nan Tien is one of the branch temples of the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order, founded in 1967 by Hsing Yun, which has over 120 branches worldwide. The temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the southern hemisphere.HistoryIt was founded by and constructed under the auspices of the Mahayana Buddhist organization known as Fo Guang Shan, and completed in 1995. The organization itself was founded in Taiwan in 1967 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, and has 120 branches throughout the world. Fo Guang Shan Buddhism is rooted in the Mahayana tradition which emphasises that Buddhahood is within everyone's potential reach. Fo Guang Shan followers strive to bring Buddhism into daily life and describe their philosophy as "Humanistic Buddhism".
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  • My family loves this place! You can do some tai chi (alone, or with the monks) or just take a stroll through the beautiful gardens. Sometimes it's important to take a step back and just relax... and t...  more »
  • A wonderful place to walk around and experience a different cultural view of spirituality... the meditation hall has a resounding peace and there are so many other things to look at.  more »
  • We knew of this temple for a while but never had time to stop over on our other road trips. So glad we did,such a hidden gem, landscaped gardens ,theres lookouts that you an see wollongong city , lily...  more »
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  • Listed as the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere, this site definitely offers some pretty sites. It would be easy to rush through or spend a couple of hours there. Of course, depending on how interested you are. Weekends often have interactive activities, music and stalls but still maintain a quiet reverence. It is great for photography too if you're that way inclined. A great site that offers some eastern culture to an otherwise westernized wollongong
  • One of the richest and we'll maintained japanese Chinese Buddhist temple. Huge temple and very big area. Very well maintained. Many mediation courses are conducted there among this weekend retreat is very popular. Temple has own University affiliated to many colleges in Sydney where social and spiritual degree programs are conducted. I got an opportunity to join half an hour mediation session. Very calm cool and peaceful. Those who are looking to calm down or disturbed must try this.
  • The temple itself is quite magnificent however the people in the red vests' who were in the Front Temple were either rude or did not know how to answer your questions. In a nutshell, it's very commercialised. However, the food at the restaurant was amazing (also vegetarian) and I would high recommend. For people who are not able to walk far distances, there is one rickety lift other than that it's the stairs. I would recommend visiting the lake with the lily pads to relax and see the fish that swim there.
  • Many people seem to be interested in the idea of a temple as a place of worship and pilgrimage in which case I strongly recommend visiting a proper temple where any of that actually exists. This is meerly a building with no heart and sole, run by rude people who are there to sell you $50 bracelets. I visited today hoping for a nice experience but was disrespectfully kicked out due to dress code while we honestly didn’t see any signs.
  • Definitely worth to visit and say 'hello' to Buddha in person! It's amazing to see huge Buddha temple in Australia. Thank you for renting this huge land to this temple at $1 a year! Read the history, it's pretty interesting. There is a vegetarian restaurant, friendly staff decent food.

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