New Year Eve - Sky Lantern Offering
NAN HUA LOCAL CHILDREN’S CAMP 2011
After sending four South African youth to represent South Africa in the annual International youth Seminar on Life and Chan that was held in Taiwan this year, the youth were expected to put in to practice and to transfer all that they had learnt at the seminar to the local children of Bronkhorstspruit, which is where the Nan Hua Temple is situated. They organised a camp for the local children between the ages of 5-14 years. The aim of the camp was to give the children in the community the opportunity to interact with one another in order to exchange cultural and religious backgrounds and embrace our diversity as a rainbow nation.
After the exceedingly momentous arrival and registration of the children all wide-eyed and eager to begin their program, we organized a fun ice breaker to allow the children to relax as they began to interact with one another. The children were placed according to their age group and were each expected to provide themselves with a group name, group flag and a war cry which they believed would best represent their group dynamic. During the opening ceremony the The Venerable left the children with come food for thought shortly before the camp commenced. He blessed them with the knowledge of trying to accept the camp activities and everyone whom they would encounter here with both a grateful and joyful heart.
On Thursday, in memory of the ablishment of the death penalty, the Government invited families of the executed prisoners as well as various religious leaders to the inauguration of the Pretoria Prison gallows into a museum by President Zuma.
The death penalty was abolished on 19 December 1997 by the highest court in the country, the Constitutional Court. The Department of the Correctional Services invited various religious leaders to bless the establishment of the museum. Under the leadership of the Minister of Correctional Services, Nosiviwe Noluthando, Master Hui-Xing represented the Nan Hua Temple at the event. Master Hui-Xing used the Buddhist Purification Ceremony in hope to purify and cleanse the sadness and angar in the families heart as well as praying for world peace.
7th December, 9 o’clock in the morning, the vice chairwomen of BLIA, Mrs. Fang from Pretoria and temple manager venerable master Hui Xing travelled to Myahato disabled home in Ekangala. They donated 10 wheelchairs and 4 crutches. Even volunteers from the neighbouring disabled home participated in the ceremony which came to an average of 60 people.
The disabled home showed their gratitude to the Nan Hua Temple by setting up a tent in the morning for shade and then sang a couple of songs of welcome and gratitude. The ceremony touched everyone’s heart. Words from Venerable master Hui Xing: “Even though we come from different cultures, love is the same for everyone. If love is the same for everyone then