Leading a Meaningful Life and the Belief on Guanyin

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Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

1 Straits Boulevard

Singapore, 018906

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This is the first of Chinese Religion and Everyday Life Series by CIFU-ACC.

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Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, commonly known as Guanyin, is the embodiment of mercy and great compassion. Guanyin’s efficacy is vividly depicted in the “Universal Gate” chapter of the Lotus Sutra, one of the most important scriptures in Mahayana Buddhism. Originated in India, the various iconographies of Guanyin is now worshipped in most parts of Asia, and the belief of Guanyin has transcended religious boundaries. Regardless of its revelation and reception in the Buddhist, Daoist, or popular religious pantheon, Guanyin symbolizes a compassionate universal saviour who responds to anyone’s plea for help. The theme of the public lecture “revelation of the Universal Gate” is set based on two inter-related aspects: 1) the appreciation of the various forms and contexts of inter-religious Guanyin worship, and 2) the analysis of the socio-religious dimension of Guanyin worship in Singapore. Besides advancing the research on Guanyin, this public lecture also aims to promote the spirit of great compassion and mercy, thereby strengthening the foundation of a harmonious society.

Day/Date: Saturday, 12 October 2019

Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, S018906

Speakers:

1. The Worship of Guanyin and its Socio-religious Significance in Singapore by Professor Kenneth Dean (Head, Department of Chinese Studies, NUS)

2. Communicating with Guanyin: Translation and Religiosity in Singapore by Ms. Hing Jia Wen (PhD Candidate, Department of English Language and Literature, NUS)

3. How to Be a Good Person? Lessons from Guanyin by Dr. Teoh Eng Soon (Gynecologist and Independent Researcher)

4. Guanyin Vegetarian Halls and the Life of Vegetarian Nuns by Dr. Show Ying Ruo (Postdoctoral Fellow, Asia Research Institute)

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Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

1 Straits Boulevard

Singapore, 018906

Singapore

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