The BAC Delegation Visited Taiwan for the 2nd Humanistic Buddhism Development Workshop

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2017-12-25 13:31:39
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The Buddhist Association of China formed a delegation to attend the 2nd Humanistic Buddhist Development Workshop held at Fo Guang Shan of Gaoxiong city, Taiwan from December 11th to 14th 2017. There are three goals that we have achieved through this workshop, i.e., sharing experience, making consensus, and moving forward from discussion of Humanistic Buddhism to the realization of it.

Ven. Master Lizheng, Chief of the BAC Delegation, making a speech on the opening ceremony of the workshop

Ven. Master Lizheng, Chief of the BAC Delegation, presenting a gift to Ven. Master Xinbao, Abbot of the Fo Guang Shan Monastery

Ven. Master Xianqing delivering a speech on the sub-forum


Ven. Master Shengkai, Deputy Chief of the BAC Delegation, making a speech on the closing ceremony of the workshop

At the invitation from the United Association of Humanistic Buddhism Chunghua Taiwan (UAHBC), the Buddhist Association of China formed a delegation to attend the 2nd Humanistic Buddhist Development Workshop held at Fo Guang Shan of Gaoxiong city, Taiwan from December 11th to 14th 2017. The delegation was composed of 10 members, headed by Ven. Master Lizheng, Dean of Teaching Affairs of the Buddhist Academy of China, together with Ven. Master Shengkai, vice director of the Institute of Buddhist Culture of China, as deputy chief and secretary-general of the delegation. 

On the opening ceremony, Ven. Master Lizheng first extended his congratulations on behalf of the delegation to the success of the General Assembly of UAHBC held on the same morning as well as the opening of  the 2nd Humanistic Buddhist Development Workshop. During his speech, Ven. Master Lizheng said: ‘The idea of Humanistic Buddhism has been extensively developed and spread into all levels of social life both in China Mainland and Taiwan. Since the modern times, tremendous efforts and wisdoms have been put into the practice and promotion of Humanistic Buddhism by eminent monks and great patriarch across the strait.’ He stressed at the end of the speech that: ‘In this new time, Buddhist realms from both sides should work together and learn from one another, so as to better inherit the idea of Humanistic Buddhism, expand its connotation, step up its social practice, explore its social value and significance in the new era, and contribute refreshed wisdom and strength for the development of Humanistic Buddhism in the future.

In the following sub-forums named ‘Challenges and Opportunities of the Modern Buddhist Development’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence and Buddhist Transmission’, Ven. Master Xianqing and Ven. Master Xianfan made keynote speech respectively on how to make modernized transformation of Buddhism  as well as the origination and development of Xian’er, the robot monk. 

On the sub-forum named ‘The Wisdom to Guide Children and Teenagers’, Ven. Master Shengkai, Deputy Chief of the delegation, raised the topic that: ‘Learning Buddhism should not only allow children and teenagers to see the happy side of life, but also the fact that life is a combination of joy and suffering. It is partial to connect Buddhism merely with happiness.’ This idea inspired excellent speeches from the delegation, which won applauses and great sensations from the audience. 

Ven. Master Shengkai addressed the closing ceremony of the workshop that: ‘It is a time of shared conversation, shared development and shared benefits. There are three goals that we have achieved through this workshop, i.e., sharing experience, making consensus, and moving forward from discussion of Humanistic Buddhism to the realization of it.’ This summary statement drew a successful conclusion to the delegation’s visit to Taiwan.

Editor:Bella Liu
Tags:BAC Delegation, Taiwan, Humanistic Buddhism Development Workshop

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