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Hsi Lai Temple Celebrates Anniversary Through Arts

【人間社記者 R. August Peterson America報導】 2017-12-02
Hsi Lai Temple welcomed over 3,000 visitors to a Cultural and Arts Festival on Sunday, November 26. The festival was the first of many events for the “Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple 30th Anniversary Celebration Series” which continues throughout next year.

“We wanted the public to see Buddhism through arts and culture,” said Venerable Youheng, director of the Outreach Department, “and to know that Buddhism can be exciting.”

Visitors to the festival were able to practice Chinese One-Stroke Calligraphy, experience tea and meditation, and view flower arranging. They also enjoyed family activities such as a talent show, drumming performances, contemporary dance, and an opera, all while enjoying various vegetarian foods.

“I thought the blind-folded calligraphy writing was really special,” said Vanessa Green, a first-time visitor to Hsi Lai Temple, “I’m lucky that I chose today to visit!”

Like Vanessa, many guests were first time visitors to the temple. “I definitely saw many new faces today,” said Sacha Denijs, a temple liaison and volunteer, “When we’re relaxing and having fun together at events like this, people can easily see how open-hearted we are.”

“Cultural events like this benefit the local community.” Said Lucy Pedregon, Secretary to the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association, “By experiencing different cultural traditions we can come to understand our common humanity and become better people.”

The festival concluded with a short blessing ceremony in the Main Shrine. As part of Chinese Buddhism, candles were offered as a blessing for wisdom and good health for all the visitors and their families.

“Public turnout exceeded our greatest expectations,” said Venerable Zhixing, organizer of the calligraphy exhibit, “This indicates a bright future for Hsi Lai Temple.”

Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple promotes "Humanistic Buddhism," which is Buddhism that is practiced in everyday life. The Temple's four guiding principles of education, cultural exchange, social outreach, and religious services, all work together to help uplift all members of society both spiritually and in daily life.

For more information about the “Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple 30th Anniversary Celebration Series” events, please contact Hsi Lai Temple at http://www.hsilai.org or 626-961-9697.
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