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.
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