UC Students Learn about FGS South Island & Buddhism


A temple tour was specially made for the students from University of Canterbury on July 21 with over 40 students attending to Fo Guang Shan (FGS) South Island at 6.30pm. Under the lead of member of University of Canterbury¡¯s Campus Living Village, Yee Mei, the students arrived at FGS South Island for the temple tour and later on enjoyed a vegetarian dinner at the Water Drop cafe.

The temple tour started with the guide of Buddha¡¯s Light International Association (BLIA) member, Ding Lih son, Fo Guang Yuan (FGY) Art Gallery Christchurch Artistic Coordinator, See-Shen Lee, BLIA South Island Secretary James Low, BLIA South Island Director, Louisa Kuo and other BLIA members. BLIA member Ding Lih son first explained the history of the building, FGS, BLIA and also the founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun. The students were then brought over to look at Venerable Master Hsing Yun¡¯s ¡°One Stroke Calligraphy¡± and to capture the meaning of his artwork.

Later on, the tour continued to the Main Shrine / Buddha Hall where the University students have the chance listen to words of wisdoms from FGS New Zealand¡¯s Abbess, Venerable Abbess Manshin. In the session, Abbess has used the example of the car as the physical human body and how could it relate to us spiritually. In addition, Abbess also talked about karma, and cause and conditions. She wished that these metaphors would let the students be clearer in understanding the significance of life. At the end of the talk, Venerable Abbess Manshin presented a souvenir with a Buddhist Dharma instrument, ¡°the fish¡±, with the message of have a conscious spirit at all times.

The student leader for the evening, Yee Mei, a current year one student in the university is also the member of the Buddha¡¯s Light Young Adult Division (YAD). In organizing this temple tour, she hopes all students would have a basic understanding of Buddhism and wishes, with this chance, the students will visit the temple more in joining activities and events.

At the end of the tour, students gathered at the Water Drop Cafe for a delicious vegetarian dinner wonderfully prepared by chef, Yenying Chen and friends. YAD member Yee Mei thanked the Abbess, venerables and everyone that helped make this dignified temple tour warm in everyone¡¯s heart.