New Year event on February 8 at Fo Guang Shan in Auckland
Auckland, December 30, 2017
More than 1000 people will gather at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple located at 16 Stancombe Road, Flatbush, East Auckland from 6 pm on Tuesday, February 8, 2018.
Among them will be Members of Parliament, officials of the government, the New Zealand Police, professionals from medical, legal and other professions, members of the Buddhist Light International Association (BLIA) and volunteers.
Venerable Abbess Manshin will lead the prayers and officiate the proceedings.
She recalled a traditional saying, “No matter how far they are, and what business they are conducting, every member of the family will try their best to be reunited for this special meal. This is to show appreciation to all the contributions and support provided by members and devotees over the years.”
Abbess Manshin said that the teachings of Buddha, the spirit of tolerance, simplicity and piety and the understanding of humanity will be among the highlights at the Annual Reunion Dinner.
The event also marked the advent of the Chinese New (Lunar) Year of the Dog.
The New Year Message of the Most Venerable Hsing Yun, the 90-year-old Founder and Leader of Fo Guang Shan, would be displayed at the event.
“The Spring breeze (in the Northern Hemisphere) continues to send forth the fragrance of flowers. In the New Year, I sincerely wish that everyone can be smart and agile, and be blessed with merits and wisdom,” he said in his message two years ago.
“It is the people who propagate the Way, not the Way that propagates people. I have paid special and extra attention to education since it is vital for human development,” he added.
A Great Movement
Fo Guang Shan, which means, ‘Buddha’s Mountain of Light,’ is an international Chinese Buddhist Religious Movement based in the Republic of China (Taiwan). The Headquarters of the Movement based in Dashu District of Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist Monastery in that country. Fo Guang Shan is one of the largest charity organisations in Taiwan and the Order calls itself, ‘International Buddhist Progress Society.’
Established in 1967 by Hsing Yun, the Order promotes ‘Humanistic Buddhism.’
Hsing Yun’s stated position within Fo Guang Shan is that it is an ‘amalgam of all Eight Schools of Buddhism, including but not limited to Chan.’
- Cultural performances form a part of the Annual Reunion Dinner
- The Song of Peace and Unity
(Pictures by Fo Guan Shan New Zealand)