A Buddhist Cultural Visit and Exchange


Samadhi Buddhist Vihara, which is the main Sri Lankan temple in South Island New Zealand has brought 24 of their 5 to 10 years old devotees accompanied by parents and teachers to visit the Fo Guang Shan (FGS) South Island Buddhist Temple on 24 September. The visitors were warmly greeted by Buddha¡¯s Light International Association (BLIA) South Island NZ members, Ding Lih Son, Tracy Chen and Frida Dai.

BLIA member Ding firstly led the group to the entrance of the building explaining how the Four Great Bodhisattvas and grottoes came into a part of the building¡¯s architecture plus how tranquil it is coming into the building. The visitors were then introduced to the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery which is exhibiting Keith Morant¡¯s ¡°Ringing True¡± paintings, followed by the Time Corridor.

Included in the tour, is the explanation of Three Acts of Goodness and Four Givings. Before the explanation, these young visitors have bowed and gave respect to Buddha and exchanged way of prostrating to the Buddha. In this Buddhism cultural exchanging event, the visitors revised on the importance of the ¡°Triple Gem¡±, ¡°Five Precepts¡±, ¡°Story of Siddhartha¡± and the ¡°Enlightenment of Buddha¡±. There were all given Fo Guang cards to give them a reminder of Buddhism essence.

Ding Lih Son then presented the ¡°FGS 10th Anniversary Report¡± to one of the teachers, Thilak Rodrigo. Thilak then led the group into saying words of gratitude to the BLIA members for having them and wishes that Humanistic Buddhism could be propagated widely in the whole of New Zealand.