Stroked with determination

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Blurred vision and a constant tremor of the hands would discourage most from taking up the highest form of Chinese art, calligraphy.

But it only worked as a springboard for Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush.

The recent inauguration of the One Stroke Calligraphy International Touring Exhibition commemorating 50 years of the Buddhist temple and 90th birthday of the founder at the Fo Guang Yuan art gallery demonstrates equality, balance and harmony. 

“It was heart surgery at the age of 86 that left our master’s vision blurred. Shaking hands made it difficult for him to read books so he decided to keep active by sharing his wisdom on humanistic Buddhism through one stroke calligraphy - that develops from one to infinity,” said Venerable Abbess Manshin, the head monk of the temple.

“Now at the age of 90, it takes him around six to eight seconds to finish an artwork. The last time I was with him, I observed him share his wisdom in 7000 artworks that he completed in 40 days.”

Some of the dignitaries present at the inauguration included chief secretary of Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan), Liang-Min Chang, Vice President of Global Federation of Chinese Business Woman, Meixiang Xie who had travelled from Osaka, Japan; director general of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Auckland, Chung-Hsing Chou; advisor of Buddha's Light International Association, Peter Young and Howick Local board deputy chair Adele White.

Saying how lucky the city is to have the Fo Guang Shan temple in our midst, local MP Jami-Lee Ross said the temple officials have a close relationship with Uxbridge Arts and Culture Centre and it was good to see a good representation at the recent opening.

“Though Abbess Manshin tells me off sometimes,” he said. “I have the Master’s calligraphy in my office and anyone who comes to my office can get the wisdom from it.”