國際佛光會2016年世界會員代表大會英文版
【新聞來源:妙西】 2016-10-11
  • 圖說:國際佛光會2016年世界會員代表大會10月11日在佛光山登場,來自全球近百個國家地區、協會,2500多位會員代表齊聚。 人間社記者吳新傳攝

  • 圖說:國際佛光會2016年世界會員代表大會10月11日在佛光山登場,普中管樂隊奏樂迎賓。 人間社記者吳新傳攝

  • 圖說:國際佛光會2016年世界會員代表大會10月11日在佛光山登場,慈航幼兒園太鼓表演超吸睛。 人間社記者吳新傳攝

BLIA holds a General Conference every two years for chapters worldwide to enhance fellowship and exchanges. At the same time, through discussing various motions – from their proposals, descriptions, procedures, discussions, and resolutions – to reach consensus for the development of BLIA affairs. 2016 BLIA General Conference is held on October 11-15 at Fo Guang Shan in Kaohsiung with more than 2,500 members from chapters in nearly a hundred countries and regions around the world, gathering together for the major event.

It is Fo Guang Shan’s 50th anniversary, the Conference especially conducts a “50th Anniversary of Fo Guang Shan: Retrospections” at the newly inaugurated Sutra Repository. On October 15, the “5th Hsing Yun Humanities Forum” is held at the Tathagata Auditorium for dialogue and exchanges.

Venerable Master Hsing Yun delivered the Conference’s keynote speech, “Consensus and Openness” after the opening on October 12. Buddhism’s explanations of encounters through seeing, listening, feeling, and knowing vary according to different schools and sects. However, each school or sect needs to have mutual respect and tolerance for one another, allowing differences to exist. As the saying goes: “Differences exist within commonalities, but seek common ground within differences.” Hence, it is important for consensus to exist. Buddhism itself is based on “skillful means of many doors,” but there is also the concept, “there is no two paths to the origin.” Hence, the Venerable Master advocates, “Consensus and Openness” in ten major points:

1.Consensus on Humanistic Buddhism
2.Consensus on Cross-Sectarian Respect
3.Consensus on Mutual Respect and Honor between Monastic and Lay Communities
4.Consensus on Gender Equality among Buddhists
5.Consensus on the Importance of Fostering Talents and Youths
6.Consensus on Heritage of Faith
7.Consensus on the Importance of Culture
8.Consensus on the Practice of Giving by Monastics
9.Consensus on Accessibility and Wide Dissemination of the Dharma
10.Consensus on Lay Participation in Monastic Life