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A weekend of cultural activities at UWTSD Lampeter

28.06.2016

To further the relationship between the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the Chin Kung Multi-Cultural Educational Foundation, a series of ceremonies, lectures and seminars will be held that express their particular Buddhist and Chinese beliefs and values.

On Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd a full weekend of cultural activities will be held in the Arts Hall at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s campus in Lampeter.

The university recently announced that it has signed an historic agreement with the Chin Kung Multi-Cultural Educational Foundation to develop a range of postgraduate programmes at the Lampeter campus, to be jointly delivered by a newly established College of Sinology and the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts.

The Foundation is a Hong Kong based organisation, established by Master Chin Kung, a Buddhist monk whose core belief is that all religions share a common, universal element of shared values, toleration, compassion and a respect for the views and beliefs of others. These values reinforce UWTSD Lampeter’s long-established history as a world centre for multi-faith and multi-cultural study as well as being the home of Wales’s first Confucius Institute. The agreement will build upon the Faculty’s existing provision in the field of Chinese Studies and the study of Ancient Civilisations.

These events seek to develop relations with the local community by demonstrating that the beliefs and values are conducive to peace and harmony of society.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David therefore invites you to learn about the Chin Kung Multi-Cultural Educational Foundation and its values by attending the events.

On July 2nd, you’re invited to attend a Thrice Yearning Prayer Ceremony.  According to Buddhism, death is not the end of one’s journey of life. The Thrice Yearning Prayer Ceremony is a purifying ritual where through the dedication of the merits obtained from the attendees’ chanting sacred scriptures, confession, and meditating, sufferings of the dead will be released. It benefits not only the dead but also the people by increasing auspiciousness of the whole area.

The Thrice Yearning Prayer Ceremony will be divided into the following sections:

  • Speech of the Venerable Master 8.30 – 9.30am
  • Meaning of the Thrice Yearning Prayer Ceremony 9.30 – 9.45am
  • Offering to the Gods 10.00 – 11.20am
  • First Yearning Prayer: Purifying the Spirits 13.00 – 15.00pm
  • Second Yearning Prayer: Releasing the Suffering of the Dead 15.20 – 16.50pm
  • Third Yearning Prayer: Releasing the Suffering of the Dead 17.10 – 19.10pm

On Sunday, July 3rd an Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony will be held.  According to Chinese culture, to honour and respect one’s ancestors (including one’s parents) is fundamental to human life. The Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony is a ritual that shows honour and respect to the roots and origins of cultures, religions and nations from the perspective of the Foundation.

  • The Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony will be divided into the following sections:
  • Meaning of Ancestral Remembrance, by Professor Zhentao Nie 8.30 – 9.30am
  • Regulations of the ancestral Remembrance Ceremony 9.30 – 9:45am
  • Remark by the Venerable Master Chin Kung 9.45 – 9.55am
  • Chinese way of Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony 10.00 – 11.20am
  • Holy Communion, University Chapel, Revd Dr Allan Barton 11.40 – 12.20pm
  • On Religions Moral Educational Function, by Professor Yuli Liu 13.30 – 14.30pm

The Christian Faith and understandings of the Eucharist:

Revd Dr Allan Barton (University Chapel) 14.45 – 15.15pm

Introduction to the Concert 15.30 – 15.50pm

Classical Chinese Concert 16.00 – 18.00pm

If you are interested in attending this event please book a place through emailing facultyoffice@uwtsd.ac.uk

Further Information

  1. For further information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07449 998476.