Oneness and Coexistence - Exploring Buddhist Perspective on Global Citizenship

On March 4, Wilfrid Laurier University Professor Mary Lou Klassen and students, a group of 19 people, visited Waterloo Buddha's Light Centre to learn about the Buddhist perspective on global citizenship.

As part of the study regarding “Faith, Global Citizenship, and World Religions”, Professor Mary Lou Klassen invited Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto to hold a workshop for her class at Waterloo Buddha’s Light Centre. Venerable Chueh Fan, the Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, came over afar from Mississauga to welcome the visitors. 

The workshop began by introducing Fo Guang Shan and the propagation of Humanistic Buddhism in Canada by Venerable Chueh Fan. The Students learned more about the educational and cultural functions of Fo Guang Shan temples in modern society.  Then a short meditation was led by Venerable Ru An.  Shortly after the meditation, a discussion on “Faith and Global Citizenship” was arranged to share the Buddhist perspective and values.  The insightful visions of Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s view on “Oneness and Coexistence,”  “Five Harmonies,” and the “Three Acts of Goodness” impressed the audience. They were inspired to see how we are connected to each other and the world.

At the end, the Abbess concluded the workshop with the song “We Are One,” encouraging everyone to have a more profound respect for each other, and to promote peace and harmony among all peoples of the world.