Canterbury Professors and Member Visited FGS

On 22nd July 2017, University of Canterbury Associate Professors Philip Armstrong and Annie Potts, both from the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, together with other members of the Centre, visited Fo Guang Shan (FGS) South Island. On hand to welcome the visitors was BLIA member Frida Dai who guided them through a tour of Fo Guang Yuan (FGY) Art Gallery and other sections of the Temple.

At the FGY Art Gallery, the 20 odd visitors showed immense interest in the ¡®Humanity and Love¡¯ Oil Paintings exhibition by Artist Li Zijian, and were pleasantly taken aback by the Love expressed, among Human Beings, and between Human, Animals and the Environment, depicted in the paintings.

Later at the Time Tunnel, Frida explained to the visitors the meaning and design concept behind this section of the Temple. The visitors were very impressed by this simple and yet meaningful design. Frida also took the opportunity to introduce the ¡®3 Good Deeds, 4 Givings¡¯ teaching propagated by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. The visitors were full of praise for the teaching and agreed that it should be the basic ethical standard for human behaviour.

At the end of their visit, Associate Professor Philip, on behalf of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, expressed his gratitude to FGS New Zealand Venerable Abbess Manshin for the hospitality extended to them, enabling them to learn about Humanistic Buddhism in this raining week-end afternoon. The entire visit had been one filled with gaiety. Though not themselves Buddhists, they agree completely with the Buddhist Teachings of ¡®Compassion and Equality¡¯, because in their normal course of Human-Animal study, they feel strongly that all living things should have equal rights of existence, and thus Man should have compassion for all other living things.