Professor Li LiAn's Session with BLIA Youth NZ

The Dean of Northwest University¡¯s Xuan Zang Research Institute, Professor Li LiAn, also known as ¡°Northwest King¡±, conducted a Buddhist seminar on the 25th of February titled ¡°Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva in Every Moment and All Places¡±. The Humanistic Buddhism seminar was attended by over a hundred BLIA NZ members and devotees, giving every attendee a deeper understanding of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. That night, a special session was held specifically for the Youth Adult Division (YAD). Attendees included Fo Guang Shan (FGS) New Zealand Venerable Abbess Manshin, FGS South Island New Zealand Temple Supervisor Venerable Jue Xi, FGS North Island Venerable Rulian, some BLIA members and Youth Adult Division (YAD) members making up about 20 people.

YAD member Karin shared her past year¡¯s experience joining the ¡°Extraordinarily brave 366 Team¡± - tasked at delivering copies of Master Hsing Yun¡¯s ¡°366 Days With Wisdom¡± book to motels ranging from the southern to northern extremes of New Zealand¡¯s South Island. The journey has been nothing short of wonderful, filled with both emotion and joy. YAD members Chen Yi Yi Tan, Kok Wei, Low, Ann, Tiffany Su, Cao Qian, Vicky Han and others also shared what they felt and learnt from their experience in helping out within the temple grounds, and taking responsibility for several past events.

Professor Li kept the momentum going on the youth¡¯s strong dedication. He acknowledged their passion and enthusiasm, and gave some tips on how to prolong both of those using Humanistic Buddhism methods. The professor uses a below ten points to explain how we can use Buddhism in our lives.

1. Buddhism gives us an assurance on the meaning of life and being.
2. Buddhism can eliminate and explain doubts of existential being.
3. Religious faith can console the heart, much like Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, who uses convenient dharma ways to encourage people at any time and place.
4. Buddhism can heighten our spirit, giving our life courage, sunshine, independence, compassion and transcendence.
5. Learning from the Buddha can unlock our potential, and make our life full of vigor.
6. Buddhism teaches us on how to behave and live our lives.
7. Buddhism can strengthen our body and make us healthy.
8. Buddhism has an element of ethical morality we can learn from.
9. Buddhism has a strong emphasis on the humanities.
10. Buddhism¡¯s final transcendence is a worthy goal of the highest level.

The exciting and inspirational seminar filled the audience with much joy and emotion. BLIA NZ and YAD members would like to thank Professor Li for taking the time to explain such practical ways of using Humanistic Buddhism in our lives, so as to bring a sense of fulfilment to everyone¡¯s souls and increase our wisdom on living life to the fullest.