The temple is the first branch temple of Fo Guang Shan in Western Australia and aims to bridge the cultures of the east and west. The Buddha’s Light International Association in WA was founded in 1993. Construction of the temple started in the following year and it was completed in 1998. The temple site occupies 4,400 sqm and the buildings cover an area of 3,600 sqm.
The main building includes the Great Hero Hall, Prajna Hall, meditation hall, sutra calligraphy hall, library, museum, conference rooms and a tea house. Its roof is covered with yellow glazed tiles with ornaments decorating the ridges. The Great hero hall hoses statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the Medicine Buddha, and Amitabha Buddha with Avalokitesvara and Ksitigarbha Bodhisattvas on the two sides. The Five Dhyani Buddhas are enshrined in niches in the walls, together with Bodhisattvas making offerings.
The temple is influenced by China temple architecture, especially that of imperial palaces, structures and colours used throughout the temple perpetuate this tradition. Small mythical creatures lining the roof hips are traditional guardians against fire.
Another element reminiscent of imperial design is the prominently raised podium used for Buddha or Bodhisattva statuary located at the rear of each shrine; it is akin to that upon which the emperor was enthroned in royal audience halls. Palace balustrades were typically carved white marble; today, concrete balustrades are fashioned in a similar manner and painted white.