Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monks Gathering In Indonesia

On September 26, 2010, more than 200 monks from around the world gathered in the city of Semarang in Central Java, Indonesia to attend the World Chinese Buddhist Congress Executive Meeting. The meeting was officially opened by the mayor of the city, Sumarmo Hadi Saputro.

The chairman of the congres Wang Hui in his opening speech introduced Indonesia as a multi etnic and multi religious country where everyone regarding of religions respect each other to ensure social stability and harmony in the country.

He said the World Chinese Buddhist Congress would work closely with Indonesian Buddhist to enable them to learn and to practice the Dhamma as well as to promote globalization of Buddhism. The Congress had made some significant contributions to Indonesia in the past. In 2005, it constructed more than 200 homes and roads in remote areas for the victims of Tsunami in Aceh. It also held mass prayers to pray for no further misfortunes in Indonesia.

This is the 3rd time, the Congress which was established in 1965 had it's meeting in Indonesia, the first time in Jakarta in 1995 and followed by Bali in 2006.

After the meeting, the monks were feted with a dinner hosted by the Governor of Central Java, Bibit Waluyo which was also attended by several civil and army personnels. The delegates were also entertained with performances of traditional Indonesian dances during the dinner. The following morning, the delegates were taken to visit the world famous Borobodur.