Two Tibetan Venerables, Ven. Jampa Khedup Lhagon Tulku and Ven. Geshe Jampa Tenzin from Dhargyey Buddhist Centre Dunedin came to Christchurch for a visit. Their followers, Peter Small and partner Kesang Small guided them to Fo Guang Shan (FGS) South Island. They have first paid reverence to Buddha at the Buddha Hall and were welcomed by Venerable Juexi and Fo Guang Yuan (FGY) Art Gallery Christchurch Curator, Ms See Shen Lee. They were then introduced to Taiwan¡¯s FGS Buddha Memorial Hall, ¡°Thousand of temples and Millions of People¡± and were brought to appreciate the artwork at the FGY Art Gallery where it is exhibiting ¡°One Stroke Calligraphy¡± from Venerable Master Hsing Yun.
This is the first visit for Ven. Jampa Khedup Lhagon Tulku and Ven. Geshe Jampa Tenzin to Fo Guang Shan South Island. They are impressed with the modern artistic design and architecture of the dignified building where every little detail was given attention. Venerable Jampa Khedup Lhagon Tulku has been in Dunedin for 13 years. He has visited the FGS headquarter in Taiwan and also visited FGS North Island Buddhist Temple for 3 times. He also said that he has met with the impressive Venerable Abbess Manshin of FGS NZ in the 6th New Zealand Interfaith Meeting while giving a speech.
Venerable Geshe Jampa Tenzin from India was very impressed with the FGS South Island NZ Buddhist Temple, where Peter and Kesang Small also loved the place; making this trip interesting.
Venerable Juexi then thanked them for visiting and presented them with the year 2011 calendar and also invited them to all FGS South Island functions such as the Buddha¡¯s Birthday Festival. In the end, they all took a group photo just in front of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, ¡°One Stroke Calligraphy¡± exhibition. The Tibetan venerables has then thanked all FGS South Island venerables and members in giving such great hospitality and giving them a great trip to remember.