Hakka Ch’an Buddhist Culture in Meizhou

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Original Chinese Language Article By:  http://www.zjypw.com

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

On November 23rd, 2012, the First Hakka Art Festival Celebrating Ch’an Buddhist Culture and practice, opened at the Thousand Buddha Pagoda Temple (千佛塔寺 – Qian Fo Ta Si) situated in the Meizhou area of Guangdong province.

It was reported that the that the organisers of ‘Ch’an Week Experience Festival’ invited many academic experts from all over China, including Zhongshan University, Wuhan University, Hong Kong Chinese University, as well as many other colleges and universities.  This included overseas Chinese scholars who came to Meizhou to attend this important Ch’an Buddhist cultural event.  This festival was organised to highlight the historical association between the Hakka people and their practice of Chinese Ch’an Buddhism, and to explore the many different aspects of Hakka culture and Ch’an Buddhist practice.  Another important aspect was to encourage cross-straits Hakka Ch’an Buddhist cultural interaction between Meizhou, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.

The ‘Ch’an Week Experience Festival’ included a Ch’an Cultural Forum, academic lectures on the subject of Ch’an culture and practice, an art display of Ch’an Buddhist painting and calligraphy, as well as a ‘Ch’an at Night’ variety show and other activities.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.

Original Chinese Language Source Text:

http://www.zjypw.com/news/2012/11/110256.htm

首届客家艺术节禅文化体验周开幕

11月23日,首届客家文化艺术节禅文化体验周活动在广东梅州千佛塔寺开幕。

据悉,此次“禅文化体验周”活动,专门邀请了中山大学、武汉大学、香港中文大学等高校的宗教学者来侨乡梅州参加“禅文化体验周”活动,是对客家禅文化的共同探讨,旨在共同弘扬客家禅文化,提升禅文化内涵,促进海峡两岸及港澳地区禅文化交流。

此次“禅文化体验周“的内容还包括禅文化论坛、禅文化讲座、禅文化书画佛具展、“禅之夜”文艺晚会等活动。

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