The Delegation of the Buddhist College of Minnan visited the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and the Buddhist College of Singapore

Information Sources: nanputuo Article author: admin release time: 2017/6/5 23:55:42

On June 1, 2017 (local time 12:30 a.m.), the Most Ven. Zewu who is the Vice-President of the Buddhist Association of China, the President of the Buddhist Association of Xiamen (BAXM), the Abbot of Nanputuo Monastery and the Rector of the Buddhist College of Minnan (BCM), led the Delegation of "Re-walking the Maritime Silk Road" which is made up of the 15th batch of graduates of the BCM and the BAXM with a total of 138 persons to arrive at Singapore, which is the last station of this study tour after Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia.

At 1:30 p.m. in the Wu Xiang Hall of the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, students coming from the Buddhist College of Singapore (BCS) and the Buddhist College of Minnan (BCM) had a meeting. The Meeting was hosted by the Vice Rector of the BCS Ven. Master Chuanhou. He said, "the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and the Nanputuo Monastery as well as the BCM have a profound and historically important relationship. It is our joy to welcome your delegation. The Most Ven. Hongchuan is the disciple of the Most Ven. Huiquan who is the former Abbot of the Nanputuo Monastery and former Rector of the BCM. In 1924, the Most Ven. Zhuanfeng (the Abbot of the Nanputuo Monastery) led a reformation of the management system of the Nanputuo Monastery and then the Most Ven. Huiquan became the 1st Abbot under the new system. At that moment, the Most Ven. Hongchuan followed the Most Ven. Huiquan to the Nanputuo Monastery, being his assistant. Later the Most Ven. Hongchuan followed the Most Ven. Huiquan again to Singapore. In 1947, the Most Ven. Hongchuan was invited to be the Abbot of the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. During his period as the abbot, he conducted the developing construction by expanding the Monastery and promoting Dharma, which established a kind relationship with masses of people."

Then the Most Ven. Kwang Sheng gave a speech: "Buddhism is a migratory religion. It came to China from India and developed prosperously while later the Mahayana spread to the South East Asia regions. Wherever there are Chinese, there is Buddhism. To our comfort, in the period of Republic of China, some masters from Minnan areas came here for the promotion of Buddhism, which gave us the opportunity to understand the teachings of Buddha. Thus, we should not only thank those predecessors for their efforts on Dharma promotion, but also learn their spirit of compassion and willingness on the devotion to Buddhism. For the future, I hope the Mahayana could be developing and flourishing continuously, which provides people with guidance and help on life."

After his speech, the meeting presented a documentary video about the BCS, which made us get more understanding about the history, mission, and objectives of the BCS.

The Most Ven. Zewu then said, "Singapore is the last station of our study tour, while the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and the BCS are the first stop of our tour here. In this tour, the BCM had some friendly exchange activities with some Buddhist organizations & institutions in these 5 nations. We aims to inherit and memorize those predecessors and response to the 'Belt and Road' strategy. The BCS and the BCM have a deep friendship with common inheritance. Especially in modern history, the Most Ven. Huiquan and the Most Ven. Hongchuan established the bridge of friendship between us both sides. Since its establishment in 1925, the BCM has a history of 92 years old and has become the one of Chinese Buddhist colleges with the longest history. The core of Buddhist development is young talented Buddhists. Only when the cultivation of talented Buddhists is done well, the Dharma be inherited well and booming. In this tour, we found that many temples and institutions had deep relationships with the BCM while many alumni of the BCM are doing the promotion of Dharma over the world and serving the local people. With this meeting, we also found the BCS and the BCM have lots of common features on educational missions and so forth. I hope both sides could have more communication and cooperation in the future, which promote the Sangha's education and the internationalizing process of Buddhism."

After the meeting, both sides exchanged the gifts and took photos. The BCM's students worshiped the sculpture of the Most Ven. Hongchuan led by some masters, which in order to memorize his dedication to the development of Buddhism in both Fujian and Singapore.

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