Ceremony of light and peace
There are few days in our lifetime, where we have to gather to celebrate our academic achievement. But what we gain from such days has the superb ability to reshape our lives and realize our dreams.
The smiling, gorgeous, handsome and “dressed to kill” individuals, the graduates and their teachers, family and friends, filled the Nan Hua Academy assembly hall to the capacity. Students who just finished learning Basic Computers, Ms Office & Pastel Accounting Courses at Nan Hua Academy and Basic computer courses graduates from Mamelodi gathered here to receive their hard-earned certification.
The speeches from graduate representatives were mostly expressing the appreciation to the temple for providing such an opportunity for them to gain some valuable computer skills, to kick-start their lives and get rid of poverty. The graduates thanked the staff at the academy for all the hard work and patience they put into ensuring success in acquiring the knowledge. They wished them a very successful life, and to continue helping other students in the future.
The graduations also was also attended by some of the Nanahua Academy sponsors, some of whom got an opportunity to deliver a speech, for example Mrs Du Man Yin and Mr. Phillip Chen. In their speech they encouraged the graduates to be brave, and to face all life difficulties with strong heart and determination, to be aware of the opportunities that present themselves, and also to get up every morning with a new hope of success in whatever they dream off.
The Keynote address was delivered by Venerable Hui Xing, the Manager of Nan Hua Temple, who made the graduates aware of two important things in life, knowledge and attitude. He stressed that none of these important items in life can stand on its own. A successful life for any person is not a subject of luck, but rather the combining of knowledge and positive mental attitude towards whatever the person has decided to do.
He wished the graduates best of health and opportunities and invited the graduates to come and visit the temple in the future, to bring successful stories of their lives, so
that others can learn and be inspired by them.
BLIA DONATIONS IN LESOTHO
In order to implement the purpose of charity and welfare society, in the morning of April 15th 2013 Nan Hua Temple abbot, Master Hui Fang, and a Nan Hua monk, Master Hui Liao, accompanied by more than twenty people, including the president of BLIA- Lesotho Chapter Meizhen Yan, and some Taiwan devotees on leave in South Africa, traveled to The Kingdom of Lesotho, to make a donation of 48 wheelchairs, 10 crutches and 1 set Walkers to 13 clinics and hospitals. Filmed by a local television station.
Disabled people in villages around Greater Giyani Municipality had a chance to improve their lives on the 2nd May 2013, as Nan Hua Temple donated 15 wheelchairs to some of them. The community of Makosha village gathered in their numbers to witness this event.
FGS Nan Hua Temple and members of Buddha’s Light International (BLIA), recently celebrated Bodhi Day. The BLIA members, FGS Nan Hua staff, along with volunteers, prepared the traditional porridge and handed it out throughout various Chinese shopping malls situated in Johannesburg and surrounds.
The tradition stems from the history of the Enlightenment of The Buddha and is commemorated by Buddhists around the world.
The Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) and FGS Nan Hua Temple recently donated more food to the distraught orphanage in Kanana Park, an informal settlement south of Johannesburg.
Brenda, the pastor and founder of the crèche, contacted BLIA’s Johannesburg chapter and asked for urgent assistance as the orphanage, which cares for between 50 and 60 children, was running out of food. The children vary in age, from about age one to approximately age five.
To achieve one of the aims of Fo Guang Shan: “To Benefit Society through Charitable Programs” on 21st September 2012 at 10:00 am, Guidance Master of Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA), Pretoria Chapter, Ven Hui Xing, together with some members donated 5 wheelchairs to New Hope School in Pretoria, about 50 km away from Nan Hua Temple.
FGS Nan Hua Temple, together with members of the Buddhist Light International Association (BLIA), has donated 70 wheelchairs and 20 walkers to The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in Gauteng.
The aim of Fo Guang Shan: “To Benefit Society through Charitable Programs.”
On the morning of 20th July 2012, the Johannesburg Chapter of Buddha’s Light International Association donated small blankets, corn powder, bread, jam, peanut butter, etc to Kanana Park Orphanage.
24 WHEELCHAIRS DONATED TO HELEN JOSEPH HOSPITAL AND 25 TO FREDERIC PLACE - HOME FOR THE AGED
On the 18th July 2012, Madiba’s Day, the volunteers of the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA), Johannesburg Chapter, donated 49 wheelchairs to Helen Joseph Hospital and Frederick Place - Home for the Aged, to help the poor, elderly & disabled patients.