Venerable Hui Kuan holds forum at FGS South Island

Beijing Chinese Cultural Center Minister in Charge, Venerable Hui Kuan, arrived at Fo Guang Shan (FGS) South Island New Zealand (NZ) on the 16th of October to host a forum with Buddha¡¯s Light International Association (BLIA) South Island NZ members. His visit to the southernmost FGS Buddhist temple in the world is to spread the teachings in his talk of - ¡°Venerable Master Hsing Yun and Humanistic Buddhism¡± which was very much anticipated.

This forum was presided by FGS NZ Venerable Abbess Manshin, with Venerable Hui Kuan as the main speaker. Also present were FGS Oceania Chief Abbess Head Abbess Venerable Manko, BLIA North Island Advisor Dolly Tsai, BLIA members and devotees making up to about 40 people.

Venerable Hui Kuan said that he visited the South Island NZ 20 years ago, and was pleased that in this return visit, there is a temple that acts as a centre for Buddhist religious, culture, art and education exchange. It was good to see the BLIA South Island members carrying out the task of spreading Buddhism with so much vigour at this southernmost temple in the world. He encouraged people to learn and face life with a joyful heart, and cherish the precious relationship we have with the Buddha, Venerable Master Hsing Yun and the wider FGS family.

FGS Oceania Chief Abbess, Venerable Manko brought forward the ten consensus agreed from the 2017 BLIA World Headquarters meeting. She announced the future strategy for propagating Buddha¡¯s teachings through faith is to cultivate Buddhist talents, and through advocating Environmental and Spiritual Protection. She encouraged the people of NZ to be pure and practice the Humanistic Buddhism advocated by Master Hsing Yun¡¯s, namely all that which ¡°the Buddha has said, that which people want, that which is pure, and that which is good¡±. To localize it further, we must do so through art, music, forums, lectures, vegetarianism, conservation, and various other means, so that Humanistic Buddhism can seamlessly integrate into the local society.

Dolly then thanked the Chief Abbess for her leadership, guiding BLIA NZ to shine brightly on world stage. She hopes that collectively, the implementation of this 2017 BLIA World Headquarters proposal will go smoothly. By bringing out the strengths of Humanistic Buddhism and under the guidance of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the future is clearer. Everyone must get together as a team, work hard together, and ensure that Humanistic Buddhism will better assimilate locally in the long run.

Afterwards, some BLIA members posed a few questions at Venerable Hui Kuan. They have asked, ¡°How does one integrate the Buddhist Dharma into respect and mutual trust, and how can youth balance family and work commitments?¡± Venerable Hui Kuan answered through his experience, and encouraged youth to practice Master Hsing Yun¡¯s 3G4G, to cherish every cause to give good conditions. ¡°Living in the present moment¡± is Venerbale Hui Kuan¡¯s final remedy for everyone, and he described in detail the method of converting one¡¯s mental attitude towards situations. The BLIA members present were all full of joy, and gave their warmest applause to the speaker.