Date/Time: Saturday, 20 May 2017 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Buddha Stage, The Square (map N)
The Annual World Peace Blessing Ceremony is a unique celebration of the birthday of Buddha that brings together all sentient beings of the world.
It highlights and promotes cooperation, enhancing community spirit, as well as cultural understanding and harmony amongst all members of Victoria’s diverse multi-faith and multicultural society.
Conducted by the Head Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Australia, Venerable Man Ko and fellow Venerables of Fo Guang Shan Melbourne, this celebration is opened by an energetic and vibrant welcome from the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne (CYSM) performing a traditional Chinese lion and dragon dance.
A spectacular mass offering to the world follows from representatives from the diverse cultural backgrounds in Victoria. Dressed in splendid traditional costumes and accompanied by traditional Buddhist chanting by devotees of Fo Guang Shan, they collectively symbolise the unity and harmony of humanity together praying for world peace.
This auspicious occasion is also marked by a ‘Welcome to Country’ conducted by traditional land owners; as well as the deliverance of messages of well wishes from dignitaries.
In line with this year’s theme of ‘Consensus and Openness’, leaders and representatives of Victoria’s multi-faith and multicultural communities will in harmony make a special offering for World Peace. It is through hope for the Earth and the people, that there will be a brighter future. This hope for the future of our Earth will come from nurturing our fragile environment, restoring a balance in humanity and providing compassion to the earth through recycling, sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. The hope for sentient beings lies in restoring the balance in humanity through the:
- ‘Three Acts of Goodness’ – Do Good Deeds, Speak Good Words, Think Good Thoughts
- ‘Four Offerings’ – Give Others Confidence, Give Others Joy, Give Others Convenience and Give Others Service; and
- ‘Five Harmonies’ – Self-Serenity, Family Tranquility, Peer Respect, Social Harmony and World Peace
We hope that each and every person will plant this seed of hope for a brighter and better future for all beings.
Fo Guang Shan Melbourne and Buddha’s Light International Association of Victoria welcomes you, your family and friends to join us in prayer for World Peace.