On 18th March, Vice President of International Breast Cancer Paddlers¡¯ Commission Meri Gibson and friend Alan paid a visit to FGS South Island. On Arrival, they were welcomed by Temple tour guide Vicky Han.
Before the 2011 earthquake, Meri had the opportunity to invite Fo Guang Shan (FGS) New Zealand Venerable Abbess Manshin for the blessing and officiating ceremony of the Dragon Boat Race. She has also, on many occasions, visited North and South Island FGS Temples whereupon she managed to nurture a close friendship with Venerable Abbess. This time around, Meri seized the opportunity to invite her friend Alan, for a visit to FGS Temple South Island while he was touring South Island New Zealand. Later in the day, the visitors dropped in the Water Drop Caf¨¦ and had a sumptuous meal there.
During their tour of the Temple, at the Fo Guang Yuan (FGY) Art Gallery Christchurch, Vicky introduced the visitors to the exhibition on ¡®Humanity and Love¡¯ Oil Paintings exhibition drawn by artist ZiJian Li, and the ¡°Contemplation + Deliberation¡± exhibition by local artist Paul Deans. Both Meri and Alan were captivated by the dynamic characteristics and expression of the exhibits. Vicky then introduced the visitors to the special architectural features of the Temple Building; and the ¡°Three Good Deeds, Four Givings¡± Concept of Humanistic Buddhism propagated by Venerable Master Hsing Yun
At the end of their tour, Temple Supervisor Venerable Jue Xi extended an invitation to members of International Breast Cancer Paddlers¡¯ Commission to visit FGS South Island. Before parting, Venerable Jue Xi presented the visitors with the book ¡°366 Days with Wisdom¡± written by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. Meri was glad to receive the book and promised to share the wisdom therein with her son.