Opening Ceremony for ANZBYC 2017  

Opening Ceremony for ANZBYC 2017

This year marks the 20th ANZBYC, and the opening ceremony was held on 4th August at Fo Guang Shan South Island. This year the event is hosted by YAD South Island. Special guests at the Opening Ceremony included Hon Nicky Wagner, Minister of Disability Issues; Dr Megan Wood, Labour MP for the Suburb of Wigram; Venerable Manke, Head Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Australia and New Zealand; Venerable Manshin, Abbess of Fo Guang Shan New Zealand; Venerable Jueshan, Abbess of Austrlian Zhong Tian Temple; Venerable Juehang, CEO of Venerable Master Hsing Yun Education Trust Fund; Zhang Lishi, BLIA Advisor, Dolly Tsai, Head Advisor of Oceania BLIA board of directors; Rakesh Naidoo, Advisor to New Zealand Human Right Commission; Detective Virginia Le Bas, Detective Al Stewarts, Detective Tony Hills, Detective Rachel Jefferies, Artist Keith Morant and his wife, Artist Justine De Spa and her husband, Lai Xizhang, Liao Shuqiu and Li Sixian, Advisors to Fo Guang Shan New Zealand South Island, altogether 30 VIPS present. The ceremony was also joined by 50 members of YAD, Venerables and 20 BLIA members.

The ceremony began with 5 YAD representatives usher in the guests with ceremonial flags, followed by New Zealand youths performing the haka to welcome the guests. Another special activity involved the Abbess and Venerables presenting 20 year ANZBYC commemoration sashes to the guests, symbolising the passing down of the mission for YAD in Australasia.

This was followed by the showing a video by Venerable Master Hsing Yun to pass a message of encouragement to the youths, touching everyone heart that are present. Then the ceremony organisers thanked all BLIA members present for their support to make such an interesting event possible.

Then Zhang Dong, Chairperson of New Zealand BLIA South Island YAD thanked everyone¡¯s contribution to make this event possible. This was followed by speeches from Hon Nicky Wagner and Rakesh Naidoo, who expressed that ¡°Openness and Common Ground¡±, is the way to peace and future for mankind. They also reaffirmed that Buddhist teachings elevate the ideals of youth and add more values and meaning to their lives.

Then Venerable Abbess Manke gave a speech based on Venerable Master Hsing Yun¡¯s slogan for 2016 ¡°Consensus and Openness¡±. Abbess Manke expressed that if a person can make use of all their 6 sense in the manner of ¡°consensus¡± then any endeavour swill be possible for them. She also expressed that New Zealand and Australia are both countries that respects multiculturalism, diversity, religious freedom and freedom. In these countries everyone respect and tolerate each other, thereby forming a consensus. This is all possible because of the ideals of ¡°openness¡±, bringing peace and harmony to society. Buddhism is a religion of peace; hence only by promoting the consensus of Humanistic Buddhism can the world achieve peace and harmony.

Finally YAD members from New Zealand performed haka and Maori dances to bring joyful entertainment to the audiences and brining the ceremony to a finale. Then all guests, BLIA members and YAD members were treated to a sumptuous banquet.

Opening Ceremony for ANZBYC 2017  
Opening Ceremony for ANZBYC 2017  
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