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Guangdong Zen Buddhism cultural festival

by Chen Zhilin ( chinadaily.com.cn )

update: 2011-11-02

Guangdong Zen Buddhism cultural festival
The 2011 Guangdong Zen Buddhism Liuzu Cultural Festival opened on Oct 26 in Sihui city in South China's Guangdong province.

The 2011 Guangdong Zen Buddhism Liuzu Cultural Festival opened on Oct 26 in Sihui city in South China's Guangdong province. The three-day festival features ten activities, including a Zen Buddhism academic forum and a Liuzu memorial ceremony.

Liuzu, or Hui Neng (638-713), is considered to be the Sixth and Last Patriarch of Zen Buddhism. He is an influential figure in Zen hagiographies and is praised as one of the three Oriental Saints with Confucius and Lao Zi.

Liuzu had been living in seclusion in Zhaoqing for 15 years, and thus the city boasts unique Zen culture. Guangdong province also pays special attention to the protection and exchanges of Zen cultures and legacies in the province.

The province has held three Zen Buddhism cultural festivals. The festival has become one of the namecards of the province's cultural industry.

More than 4,000 scholars, monks from home and abroad and other guests from all walks of life attended the opening ceremony, after which the Joyful World of Mortals, a Buddhism evening party, was presented to visitors.

This year's festival was hosted by the Sihui municipal government and the administrative office of Liuzu Temple.

Edited by Tania Lee

 
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