In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, there will be a four-day Buddhist Book Show at the City from July 4 to 7, 1996. All proceeds will go to fund the construction work at the City.
Over 200 of the 488 acres of the City was originally a State Hospital. Due to a severe water shortage in 1970, the then California Governor Reagan ordered the hospital to be closed down and sold. Venerable Master Hua bought it in 1976 and it became the first major Buddhist Way-place in North America open to all who wish to cultivate the spiritual path.
Shortly after purchasing the site, the Venerable Master located an abundant water source there. Over the years, the Master taught countless Western and Asian Buddhists at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and hosted exchanges with various religious groups. In its strict observance of the precepts, the City is a model for Buddhism.
Although the Venerable Master, who founded the City, passed into stillness a year ago, the City continues to uphold its traditions of strict precepts and ascetic practice as it enters its 20th year. It is a Pure Land in the world for people who want to practice seriously.
A 20th Anniversary Exhibit which covers major events at the City, the Venerable Master's life, cultivation at the City, and various projects such as the translation of the Buddhist canon and education is currently set up at the City. The exhibit includes photos, literature, and videotape viewing.