On September 10, 1994, Venerable Master Hsing Yun – the founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order, came to Austin to host the groundbreaking ceremony. The construction started in October 1995 and was completed in January 2000. In June 19, 1998 Venerable Master Hsing Yun named this temple Fo Guang Shan Xiang Yun Temple.
Fo Guang Shan Xiang Yun Temple is located on the scenic Capital of Texas Highway. The temple is on an 11-acre lot with approximately 20,000 aquare feet indoor area. Xiang Yun Temple is surrounded by rolling hills that are covered by cedars. Cedars are ever green with very nice smells. The temple is often submerged in cloud-like fog. Therefore, the temple was named Xiang (fragrance) Yun (cloud). The name also takes the meaning of the clouds above the Buddhas and Boddhisattvas when their presences were honored.