Ven. Master Xuecheng visited Netherlands

From:Voice of Long quan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2016-12-16 19:39:41
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Ven.Master Xuecheng visited Netherlands for the 1st anniversary of the consecration ceremony of the Longquan Great Compassion. He and his party arrived in Amsterdam on the afternoon of December 11.

To honor the 1st anniversary of the consecration ceremony of the Longquan Great Compassion Monastery, Ven. Master Xuecheng, president of the Chinese Buddhist Association and abbot of Beijing Longquan Monastery, journeyed to the Netherlands to offer his congratulations in person. Ven. Master Xuecheng and his party arrived in Amsterdam on the afternoon of December 11. Chinese representatives in the Netherlands, including Hu Zhiguang, Huang Yue, Ji Zengbin, went to Schiphol airport to offer their warmest welcome. Our journalist conducted a brief interview with Ven. Master Xuecheng in the royal chamber of the VIP room at the airport.

Attracting people through hosting events and activities and inviting more locals to join are the two main points addressed by Ven. Master Xuecheng in order to better spread Buddhist culture abroad. Over the past year, Longquan Great Compassion Monastery has organized multiple grand Dharma activities during traditional Buddhist holidays and held Buddhist ceremonies and Buddhism-study classes on the weekends and on the 1st and 15th day of every lunar month, providing a place and chance for followers to study Buddhism and gaining a great popularity among Chinese in the Netherlands.

To appeal to the locals, we need to communicate more often with them to understand their cultural background, habits and customs. Ven. Master Xuecheng said there were currently six venerables residing at the Longquan Great Compassion Monastery. All had been sent from Beijing Longquan Monastery, holding a five-year visa with exceptional educational background and linguistic skills. “She used to studied in UK.” Ven. Master Xuecheng said while pointing at one of the six venerables.

Chinese, English and Dutch were used during the anniversary ceremony. Based on what our journalist has learned, the Longquan Great Compassion Monastery will organize Buddhism-study classes in English for locals to help non-Chinese speakers to understand and approach Buddhism.

"The establishment of Longquan Great Compassion Monastery and its exciting achievements accomplished in such a short time is heavily dependent on the strong support of kind and warm-hearted individuals like Mr. Hu Zhiguang.” said Ven. Master Xuecheng.

On the afternoon of December 12, Ven. Master Xuecheng will deliver a keynote speech titled “The Spirit and Practice of Chinese Buddhism” at Utrecht University and attend the international seminar of “The Promotion and Development of Chinese Han Buddhism in Europe and the Prospect of the Longquan Great Compassion Monastery,” and will also host the World-peace Prayer Dharma Assembly.

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