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Monday 7 May 2012

Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project.

The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project are offering a free talk to Buddhist groups in the UK on the subject of 'Hongik Ingan', the founding philosophy of Korea. This philosphy has found expression through numerous works of Buddhist art, such as the Tripitaka Koreana woodblock library and Sarira reliquary. It is also visible through the advances in society made in the past 50 years in South Korea, an inspiring story achieved through people working together for the common good, and one that remains largely uncovered by the world press.

The philosophy of Hongik Ingan or "living for the benefit of all" is a message of universal value, and of particular interest to those with a faith in the ability of human beings to interact for the good of the world. Aside from the core message of the talk, the items of Buddhist heritage discuss provide a deep insight into the distinctiveness of Korean Buddhist art.

The talk is accompanied by short videos and free books, including a biography of the great Buddhist Master Wonhyo, are also made available.  There are no fees or expenses for the talk on weekends. During the week a contribution to travel expenses is appreciated, and evenings are preferred.

For further information contact Matthew Jackson at matthew.jackson@kscpp.net

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving

On Thursday 26th April two representatives of the Buddhist Council of Wales attended a Service of Thanksgiving at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  Ngakma Nor’dzin Pamo (Chair) and Padmasimha (Vice Chair) joined the cathedral clergy and other faith representatives in procession through the cathedral before HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip arrived.

The procession included: firstly Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms; then the Queen's Body Guard of the Yeoman of the Guard; then the Cathedral Choir; then the faith representatives; then the Cathedral Clergy, the Chapter and Diocesan Officials; and finally the Bishops of the Church in Wales.  It was a most colourful procession with the yeoman all in red and the clergy in their finery.  The Archbishop of Wales looked splendid in his white cloak decorated in gold.

Ngakma Nor’dzin comments: “We sat beyond the choir stalls near the altar, which meant we had a wonderful experience of the full richness of the cathedral organ, but had a poor view of the Queen and Prince Phillip who were seated the other side of the choir stalls nearer to the congregation.  The service was joyful and the singing most beautiful.  After the royal party had left we then processed back through the cathedral.  Thankfully the rain held off and it was a most pleasant and enjoyable day.