I recently attended the Ceremony of Light and Peace hosted by Nan Hua Temple in Bronkhorstspruit on 25 September 2011.
The event is held annually and is a traditional Buddhist' ceremony. The gathering celebrated and promoted inter-religious and cultural collaboration and amity.
Visitors from all walks of life, all age and cultural groups and various religions were welcomed in the main shrine by the Buddhist mantra, 「Om Mani Padme Hum」.
The welcome speech by Nan Hua mentor, Ven Master Yi Chun, was very inspirational and called for the promotion of social collaboration and reduced conflict between nations and races. She added that compassion practiced by individuals could collectively make the difference in less fortunate lives and if we live our lives in a mindful and considerate manner, we could all be instrumental in the spirit of world peace. She furthermore stated that all people are all equal, irrelevant of culture, religion, race, sex, standing or political views.