Apart of teaching Buddhism, Fo Guang Shan (FGS) New Zealand has also gave FGS members, Buddhist devotees and locals a place of tranquillity, a place that could service the community and a place to make use of their understanding of Buddha. Producer Sonia Yee from a New Zealandí»s national radio station, Radio New Zealand which is located in New Zealandí»s capital Wellington, came to FGS South Island on 23 December to have interviews with the Venerables, members of FGS and devotees over here. With this interview, they hope that every walk of life in New Zealand understands the legends and values of Buddhism.
At first, Art Gallery Assistant Curator See Shen Lee introduced Sonia some of the art created by Dale Gallagher at the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, then to the í░Time Tunnelí▒, the Buddha Hall, the Library and other places to let Sonia understand more about the facilities that FGS South Island NZ has. Later on, Sonia has made an interview with FGS South Island English sub-chapter President Glenda, Vice-President Carole and the venerables. She asked the venerables about their life in becoming a nun, how did they face the age of mass media and what are the activities that FGS had with the community.
Sonia also asked Glenda and Carole on why they would choose Buddhism as their religion and what FGS has provided their minds and believes. Sonia also asked about their participation of the Buddhist Temple. After the interview, Sonia wished Venerable Abbess Manshin would be in an interview in January, 2011 for a radio broadcast program.
In the end, Venerable Miaoyu presented some publications by the Venerable Master, a í░BLIA South Island NZ Annual Reportí▒ and others. She thanked everyone for the warm reception and assistance that have been given to her. She is also moved by the impelling of Buddhism to New Zealand from Venerable Master Hsing Yun, giving confidence and being sincere to life. She wishes teachings of Buddha could be more localized and benefits more people.