Venerable Yang and the Bright Light

April 10, 2007

Author: Babita Persaud

Source: Orlando Sentinel,0,5935767.story

Chueh Yang arrived in Orlando in 2001, her two suitcases packed with Buddhist prayer books, robes and a rice bowl.

When her monastery called her home to Taiwan just a few weeks ago, she went as she came, suitcases in tow.

Yang left behind a new temple and a congregation with a new youth group who hold the promise that the halls of prayer will be filled for generations.

The Venerable Yang was the quiet force behind the building of the $5 million Guang Ming Temple on Hoffner Avenue in southeast Orlando. A dedication is planned for later this spring at the 30,000-square-foot, three-story bright-orange place of worship, one of the largest temples in Central Florida.

The project was a long time coming for members of Buddha's Light International Association. Eddie Yeh, who leads the local group, spearheaded the Orlando fundraising and worked with Yang in making sure the temple would meet the congregation's needs and Buddhist principles.