Inner peace is when you no longer desire anything in life. I was reading Gombrich's "A Little History of the World" contemplating on inner peace when I received the invite to attend Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple's "The Art of Ch'an" last Saturday.
The room filled with walls decorated by little Buddhas and the biggest idol on the center with such calm and quiet room made me want to learn more how they actually pray. The beginning of the program was the opening remarks of Ven. Miao Jing, Head Abbess of FGS Philippines. In her calm little voice spoke of peace and how Ch'an is everything we all desire to achieve in life. Ch'an is a flower for all mankind, shining its light on human life. Chan is wisdom, humor and the true mind. It is our intrinsic nature; a treasure shared in common by the entire human race. The Chan practice of meditation allows us to reduce the afflictions of daily life and change our view. She continued to explain how meditation is important amidst our busy daily lives and how the Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple hopes to share its cultural immersion projects to school children in the Philippines.
We were then taught how to appreciate Chinese calligraphy and its attributes to the Chinese culture we lest understand in history. Each of us traced the characters on the paper and was taught that there will be an upcoming One-Stroke Calligraphy Exhibition on July 28, 2012 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun at FGS Mabuhay Temple.
We were guided to the meditation areas and taught us of the lotus position to experience the power of meditation and its health benefits. A few minutes after was the tea ceremony with such detail on the utensils and the process of brewing tea leaves.
The freshly-brewed high mountain tea replenished our dry throats and relieved us of our stress after that rejuvenating meditation. The next part of the program was the English prayer which seemed difficult to follow as it was chanted in rhythm familiar to Buddhists. We also witnessed an authentic Taiwanese cultural dance and a Yo-yo exhibition by the visitors of Mabuhay Temple.
The last part of the program was the tour of the Mabuhay Temple and its magnificent manner of discipline among volunteers. We learned the practices in observance of Buddhism ceremonies and activities which to me should be recommended taught to school children. The discipline the kids can derive from Buddhism customs and practices can help them attain basic goals in life.
We were served a sumptuous Vegan snack at their very own restaurant inside the FGS Mabuhay Temple. The Art of Ch'an event made me reflect on my own quest to find peace and how important it is to share the knowledge of Buddha to all mankind. FGS Mabuhay Temple hopes to share the culture and the experience to all and you can contact them by visiting www.fgsphilippines.org for more details. Learn the power of meditation and more at FGS Mabuhay Temple and bear the fruits of inner peace within you.