Buddha Day celebrations

Hundreds of volunteers are working hard to ensure everything is in place to welcome different communities to what has been described as one of the biggest and grandest celebrations of Buddha Day.

Spread over two days at the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Flat Bush on April 8 and 9, there will be a host of activities including  tea ceremonies, washing of the Buddha, baby blessings, Prince Siddhartha Wonderland, costume competitions, video and storytelling.undreds of volunteers are working hard to ensure everything is in place to welcome different communities to what has been described as one of the biggest and grandest celebrations of Buddha Day.\

There will be a range of cultural performances along with local dance, cheer leaders and martial art schools put up a spectacular show.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the hub for all cultural affairs – this is the first year the celebration is spread over two days. On Saturday, local scout clubs will be attending a ceremony of blessings for World Peace.

The idea behind the Buddha Day festival is to invite the entire community to the temple to experience a way of life. There will be multi-faith prayers offered for world peace on Sunday.

This is a free event and all are invited.

There will be stalls, activities and exhibitions for you, your friends and family to enjoy which will include:

  • A vegetarian Food Fair
  • Prince Siddhartha Exhibition
  • Dunhuang & Cultural Performances
  • Prince Siddhartha Costume Competition (11:30am Sunday)
  • Buddhist Artifacts
  • Tea meditation
  • Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s One-Stroke Calligraphy Exhibition
  • Dean’s Buchanan Exhibition: Journey
  • Baby Blessing Ceremony (11am Saturday)
  • Taking Refuge in Triple Gem & Five Precepts Ceremony (1pm Saturday)
  • Lion Dance (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Opening Ceremony, including prayers for world peace (10am Sunday)

Each day there will be a public talk by Dr Eric Chan:

Saturday: The Art of Mindful Living
Sunday: Facing Death and Embracing Life