Conference Tour

The ATLAS2014 conference tour is scheduled on Friday, June 13 of 2014.

Chung Tai Chan Monastery

In 1987, Grand Master Wei Chueh built Lin Quan ("Spiritual Spring") Chan Monastery in response to his disciples' needs for a place of spiritual cultivation and refuge.

With an inimitable aura of calmness, a penetrating mind, and the ability to clearly elucidate the profound wisdom of the Buddha, the Grand Master was instrumental in revitalizing Chan (Chinese Zen) Buddhism in Taiwan. Soon Lin Quan Chan Monastery was too small to accommodate the ever-increasing number of followers eager for the Grand Master's teaching.

Following the Grand Master's compassionate vow to provide a complete environment for all who wish to learn the Buddhist teachings, the design of Chung Tai Chan Monastery began in 1992.

After three years of planning and seven years of construction, this landmark building opened its doors on September 1, 2001, initiating a new era of Buddhism dissemination for Chung Tai.

Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake is situated to the north of Yu Shan (Jade Mountain) and to the south of Nenggao Mountain, Nantou County in Taiwan Province. It is the biggest natural lake in Taiwan and is formed by the accumulated water in the broken basin between Yu Mountain and Ali Mountain streams. The surface of the lake is 760 meters above sea level, its perimeter is 35 kilometers, the depth of the water is 30 meters on average and the lake area is over 900 hectares. There is a small island inside Jihueh Pool which looks like a pearl on the surface of the water, hence the name "Pearl Islet". After the victory of Japanese war, it was renamed "Gueng Hua (brilliance) Islet" in celebration of recovering Taiwan. To the north-east of the islet, the water is in a shape as round as the sun, so it is called Sun Lake while the water in the south-west looks like the moon, so it is called Moon Lake. Hence the combined name Sun Moon Lake.

The beauty of Sun Moon Lake is rested upon the mountains circling the lake. Peaks rise one upon another and range upon range of hills, green and luxuriant, the broad water surface, mirror-like calm water, azure lake water, islet in the lake, hill in the water, the light of waves and shadow of mists and different morning and evening scenery all year round, poetic and picturesque.

Museum of Modern Art

Asia University Museum of Modern Art, designed by Pritzker award winner Tadao Ando, features the exhibition of Auguste Rodin and Henry Moore now. Asia University will provide tickets for ATLAS Conference participants who would like to visit.

At a speech given during the opening ceremony which was attended by Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou and some 150 guests from Japan, Ando recalled his profound and pleasant surprise at encountering sculptures and other works by Rodin scattered liberally throughout the grounds and gardens of the university campus during an initial site visit. The triangular design of his building is apparently meant to evoke the necessity for the three sides and corners to help and support each other, symbolizing hopes that Asia University will be able to nurture graduates with ample "imagination and courage.





















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