SACS Lectures and Temple Visit

Dear SACS members and friends,

Please find below an invitation for our upcoming Buddhism Lectures in May.

*       What do you know about Buddhism to begin with?
*       What is Buddhism in China?
*       What do you see when you enter a temple?
*       What are the Buddhists activites within a temple, and what is the
significance of what they do?
*       What is a monk’s life really like?
*       We hope you will share your own questions and experiences with us in


Thursday, May 12, 2011, 7 – 8.30 pm – Lecture I
Thursday, May 19, 2011, 7 – 8.30 pm – Lecture II
Saturday, May 21, 2011 – 9 am – 1 pm – Temple Visit in Shiyan (limited
to 25 people)

Venue Lectures:

SIS Middle School and High School Parkside
(Jingshan Villas)

Join us for an exciting lecture series that we hope covers what you
have always wanted to know about Buddhism and its relevence in China.

The talk will be given by James Baquet, who you might recognise from
his weekly column on travel in the Shenzhen Daily. He studied Buddhism
at a Chinese Buddhist university in California, worked in temples in
America and China, and is in the process of visiting China’s 142 Key
Buddhist Temples.

From 1997 to 2001 James lived in Japan, where he completed four major
pilgrimages (totaling 188 temples) and earned himself the title “The
Temple Guy.” He has visited over a thousand temples (Buddhist, Hindu,
Taoist, and folk), Shinto shrines, and historic Catholic churches in
seven countries (plus Hong Kong and Macau).
In his other life, he’s an English teacher with over 30 years of experience.

The evenings will commence with registration at 18:30, where you will
have the chance to sample some delicious Buddhist vegetarian snacks
and soft drinks. The lectures will start at 19:00 until 20:00 with
plenty of time for your questions and discussions after the main

Temple Visit in Shiyan:
We will visit Hongyuan temple, a small, working temple in a quiet
setting, away from the crowded city. It is rare to meet any other
visitor in a temple such as this. The monks here are quite accessible
and the halls are peaceful.
Although an ambitious building program has already been started, this
temple still hasn’t lost it’s charming, small-temple character. See it
while you can!
After the visit we will have the once in a life time opportunity to
join the lunch time ritual with the Buddhist monks. Please prepare
yourself for a simple meal and note that silence should be observed
during the meal.

9:00 Depart Shekou -> Transport to temple
10:00 Temple tour guided by James
11.30 Lunch with the monks
Estimated return to Shekou -12 midday

For registration or any other information, please contact Susanne:
membership@shenzhenacs.com, mobile phone 158 1553 3535.

Price per event per person:
SACS members RMB 130
non-members RMB 150
Students: Free for lectures only (student’s ID required)
The price includes the lecture, soft drinks and buddhist vegetarian
food. In terms of the temple visit motor coach transportation is also

May we kindly ask you to register for this event, as we need to inform
our caterer.

Susanne Thoss
Director of Membership 2011
Shenzhen Asian Culture Society (SACS)
Shenzhen, PRC
Tel. 158 1553 3535

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