Perth to celebrate most significant event on Buddhist calendar

 

1.jpgPerth will host a large multicultural community celebration on the weekend of 12-13 April. The vibrant spectacle of activities will celebrate the most significant event in the worldwide Buddhist calendar – Buddha’s Birthday. This multicultural, multi-faith event is free and all are welcome.

This will be the 17th Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival in Perth and will be held at the The Fo Guang Shan Temple in Maylands.

 

CELEBRATION HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday 12 April 10:30am-6pm

Bathing of the Buddha Ritual

Multicultural Vegetarian Food Fair

Lion Dance (10:30am)

Blessing Ceremony (10.45am)

Multicultural Performances (12pm & 2:30pm)

Baby Blessing Ceremony (2:00pm)

Sunday 13 April 10am-4pm

Bathing of the Buddha Ritual

Multicultural Vegetarian Food Fair

Lion Dance (10am)

Buddha’s Birthday Festival & Multi-faith Blessing Ceremony (10:15am)

Multicultural Entertainment (12pm & 2:40pm)

Light Offering Ceremony (3:30pm)

Light Offering Ceremony (3:30pm)

 

 

It is presented by Buddhist organisations Fo Guang Shan and Buddha’s Light International Association of WA, and supported by the Government of Western Australia, the Department of Local Government and Communities and the Office of Multicultural Interests, along with many local businesses. This event will be the first in a round of Buddha’s Birthday celebrations held throughout Australia during April and May.

 

This celebration has become one of Perth’s most popular annual events. It brings together Western Australia’s growing multicultural, multi-faith community, and its popularity has increased over the past few years.

The Fo Guang Shan Temple’s Reverend Miao Xi explains, “The festival offers opportunities to learn about other cultures, observe ceremonies and rituals or just relax and enjoy music, dance and food from around the world. A diverse range of exciting performances, events and fun activities have been scheduled, and various ceremonies and making of offerings are open for participation by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike to receive blessings of peace and wisdom.”

The Fo Guang Shan Temple, located at 280 Guildford Road, Maylands, will buzz with activities, market stands, and cultural performances. Local and national volunteers and Youth Groups will be on-site hosting stalls and

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Special events will include a Multicultural Vegetarian Food Fair; multicultural entertainment, including the Lion Dance; and traditional cultural ceremonies.

Another key feature of the 2014 celebrations is the inclusion of the Buddha’s Birthday Education Project – a multimedia art exhibition and range of educational activities entitled ‘Through These Doors: Connecting Past and Present, East and West’.

The exhibition is based on the doctoral dissertation by Fo Guang Shan’s Venerable Dr Juewei. The aim of the project is to promote education and understanding of Buddhism. Visitors to the exhibition will learn about the spread of Buddhism from India to China and historic celebrations of the Buddha’s birthday, based on her extensive research.

It will educate visitors on how Buddha's Birthday was celebrated in medieval China. As Buddhism travelled from India to China by way of the Silk Road, emperors and devotees established more than 1000 temples and monasteries, which all joined in celebration for an annual birthday parade of over a thousand Buddha images.

The exhibition, although based on extensively researched academic material, is aimed at all age groups. “We are really catering for families,” explained Venerable Juewei. “Everyone from academics and art lovers, to children and families wanting a culturally engaging and educational day out, will get something out of this multimedia exhibition and celebration.”

“We want to engage every visitor, inspire a celebrative mood, and use modern technology mixed with genuine artefacts and local messages to help all visitors relive a period of exciting medieval Chinese history,” she said.

“Whether you are a Buddhist who wants to come and celebrate and share the joy of Buddha’s Birthday; someone who is interested in experiencing and learning more about Buddhism; or just want a great family day out that educates about a different culture, these celebrations will be a wonderful and enriching experience for you,” said Reverend Miao Xi.

If you would like any information on any of this event please visit http://bliawa.wix.com/2014bbf#!festival/c18kd, contact Grace Collins on 0416 164 708 or email grace-collins@hotmail.com.

 

 

Upcoming Buddha’s Birthday celebrations around Australia

Date

Venue

18-21 April 2014 (Easter Sat – Easter Mon)

Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong NSW

26-27 April 2014 (Sat-Sun)

Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

2-4 May 2014 (Fri-Sun)

Southbank Garden, Brisbane, QLD

10-11 May (Sat-Sun)

Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW

 

Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is Australia’s first tertiary institution grounded in Applied Buddhist wisdom and values.

NTI is a government accredited higher education provider that offers a postgraduate Masters, Diploma and Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies, and special interest subjects. Its’ tertiary education program commenced in 2011, and NTI already has a number of students who have graduated with a Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies.

NTI has recently expanded to include a Faculty of Health, with postgraduate Health and Social Wellbeing courses preparing Graduates to promote health and wellness in their own lives and in the lives of other individuals and groups in the broader community. The knowledge, insights, and practical skills gained in these courses are highly relevant to community development and the helping professions such as counselling, social work, community health, aged care management, health promotion and health services – as well as advancement of staff, health and wellbeing in the corporate and not-for-profit sector.

NTI will continue to develop a range of postgraduate, undergraduate, single subjects, and research programs. One expansion planned during Semester 2, 2014, is the opening of NTI’s English Language Centre in Sydney’s CBD.

Currently NTI operates from its Temple Campus on-site at the award-winning major tourist attraction Nan Tien Temple – the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere – located in Wollongong, south of Sydney. It also has a new Tertiary Campus, Cultural Centre and Art Gallery under construction nearby due to be completed in late 2014.

NTI’s vision is to support and inspire learning and the pursuit of research and creative practice that provides the local region with a place for the exchange of culture and arts, and contributes to the advancement and integration of knowledge, culture and ethical understanding for the benefit of humanity in an increasingly complex and globally interdependent world.

It aims to be recognised internationally for its outstanding location, unique teaching program, world-renowned lecturers and researchers, and inspiring students.