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Buddha's Light conference slated for Oct. 11-14 in Kaohsiung

The Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA), the first Chinese nongovernmental organization listed under the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, will hold its 2012 World Headquarters General Conference Oct. 11-14 at Fo Guang Shan (FSG) Monastery in Kaohsiung, with some 2,000 representatives of over 100 chapters from 38 countries to participate in the grand annual event, according to a press statement.

In addition to a congratulatory message from President Ma Ying-jeou, Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung of the R.O.C. Chapter of the BLIA and Vice President Wu Den-yih will deliver speeches at the opening of the annual general conference. Such VIPs as former Malaysian Minister of Transport Ong Tee Keat and Honorary Chairman Yu Sheng-ching of the World Taiwan Chambers of Commerce will also attend the event in their capacity as members of the BLIA, the statement said.

Founded in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 1992, the BLIA has been dedicated to promoting humanistic Buddhism, placing an emphasis on education, culture, cultivation and service and having made concrete achievements in the fields. In May this year, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that every May 16 would be BLIA Day. Japanese councilors visited FGS to express their gratitude to Taiwan and FGS for granting relief assistance after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In addition, masters of the BLIA also served as religious guiders during the 2012 London Olympics.

The upcoming conference will center on the theme of “Happiness and Peaceful Mind.” Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founding president of BLIA, will deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony to shed light on ways to achieve happiness and a peaceful mind amid the rapid progress of the modern world and the growing alienation of human relationships in the society.

On Oct. 12, there will be two forums on “Humanistic Buddhism and Me” held at the FGS Monastery. On Oct. 13, a “thinking forward” forum will be held at the Buddha Memorial Center, with Venerable Master Hsing Yun, professor H.C. Kao, professor Hung Lan, professor Stanley C. Yen, and Coral L.S. Wang, publisher of the Global Views Magazine to participate in the forum.

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As indicated in this poster issued by the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, the 2012 BLIA World Headquarters General Conference will take place Oct. 11-14, with over 2,000 members of 200 BLIA chapters from around the world to participate. (Courtesy of Fo Guang Shan Monastery

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