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by | Apr 29, 2022 | Social

Annual Festival at Priestdale’s Chung Tian Temple happening next week

The yearly Iconic Buddha Birth Day Festival at the Chung Tian Temple in Priestdale will be kicking off next weekend, and today, to launch the festival, a blessing of the Bodhi Tree on the Bodhi Terrace at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) took place.

“Since 2008, Blessing of the Bodhi Tree has become an annual event as part of Buddha Birth Day Festival,” says Ralph Smith from the Chung Tian Temple.

The Bodhi tree, planted in May 2008, was the centre piece of the Bodhi Tree Project designed by international Artist Lee Mingwei in 2006 as part of the public art program for the Queensland Cultural Precinct and the development of GOMA.

It involved the transfer of a sapling descended from the sacred Bodhi Tree in Sri Lanka, the descendent of the Bodhi Tree in Bodigaya, India. It was under that Bodhi Tree that the Buddha and founder of Buddhism, attained enlightenment over 2,500 years ago.

“Lee Mingwei’s “Bodhi Tree Project”, was and still is, an ambitious, living artwork. His concept is to create a tranquil and peaceful environment for visitors to meditate, reflect and contemplate,” says Ralph.

Meanwhile, organisers of the Buddha Birth Day Festival, the Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple and Buddha’s Light International Association of Queensland are returning the 2022 festival to its traditional home at the Chung Tian Temple as the new extension of the temple nears completion.

The size of the temple is comparable to the largest event spaces within South East Queensland with the extension offering large purpose-built indoor spaces, as well as spacious outdoor settings.

The 2022 Buddha Birth Day Festival will run from Friday May 6 to Sunday May 8 with the three-day free to attend family friendly event involving a diverse range of multicultural, inter-faith and traditional Buddhist activities.

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