Over 500 people recently attended the commemoration service for Venerable Master Hsing Yun and the Buddha’s Birthday Celebration at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush.
The ceremony began with a Scottish pipe band, and the representatives of the New Zealand Police carrying the statue of Prince Siddhartha into the main shrine.
Abbess Venerable Manshin led the blessing ceremony and welcomed distinguished guests to bathe Prince Siddhartha.
Representatives from various religions, including Catholic representative Rev Deacon Chris Sullivan, Anglican representative Rev Ivica Gregurec, and Maori elder Matua Toi Katipa, prayed for world peace.
Addressing the congregation, Abbess Manshin said, “I’d like to commemorate the passing of our beloved Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the Founder of Fo Guang Shan. Throughout his life, Venerable Master has lived by the philosophy of Giving. The best way to honour his legacy is to let the Three Acts of
Goodness which represents truth, kindness and beauty take root in our society and community.”
Leader of Opposition Christopher Luxon said, “Since Venerable Master Hsing Yun founded Fo Guang Shan in 1967, it has become a globally recognised Buddhist organisation, sowing the energy of harmony, peace and compassion.”
Race Relation Commissioner of New Zealand, Mr Meng Foon Liao as well as acting Area Commander of Manukau West Inspector Ross Ellwood, also paid tribute to the leader and philosopher.
The celebration featured a Baby and Children Blessing ceremony, local markets, art exhibition and a classic car exhibit.