GIÁO HỘI PHẬT GIÁO VIỆT NAM THỐNG NHẤT HẢI NGOẠI tại ÚC ĐẠI LỢI - TÂN TÂY LAN
The Unified Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation Of Australia - New Zealand
HỘI ĐỒNG ĐIỀU HÀNH
* Văn Phòng Hội Chủ, Chùa Pháp Hoa, 20 Butler Ave, Pennington, SA 5013, Australia
Tel 08-84478477  ; Fax 08-82401758 ; Email phaphoanamuc@yahoo.com
* Văn Phòng Tổng Thư Ký, Chùa Pháp Quang, 12 Freeman Rd, Durack, QLD 4077, Australia
Tel 07-33721113  Mobile 0402-442431 Fax 07-33729988 
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OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FOURTH NATIONAL SYNOD/CONGRESS THE UNIFIED VIETNAMESE BUDDHIST CONGREGATION OF AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND INC.

His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR
Governor of South Australia

Friday 18th March, 2011

Senator Simon Birmingham, representing the Federal Leader of the Opposition

The Most Venerable Thich Nhu Hue

The Most Venerable Thich Quang Ba

Members of the congregation:

         I would like to thank the Most Venerable Thich Quang Ba for inviting me to join you today.

I am particularly pleased to have this opportunity to extend my knowledge of the Buddhist faith and its practice in Australia.  I regret that my other commitments today have prevented me from spending more time with you on this occasion.

I understand that the Buddhist community in Australia has grown enormously over recent years.  In 1981 the Australian census listed 80,000 followers; in 2006 the census recorded 420,000.

Many of you have come to Australia as refugees from Vietnam.  You have been accepted into our community as peace-loving people. 

Many Australians have enjoyed learning more about the world through your eyes.  Your culture and your faith have added to the diversity and richness of our Australian way of life.  We thank you for the contributions you have made to our community as citizens, as community leaders, as parents, as business people and workers.

When we come together, we learn that we have more in common than the things that are different.  We all love our families; we all want to do well and we want our children to succeed and be happy.  We all want to live in a peaceful world, for the sake of this and future generations. 

When we understand what we have in common, we are better able to respect each others’ values and beliefs. 

We are sharing the benefits of a country that has many blessings, and when we look around us in these times of political upheaval and terrible natural disasters, we know that we have a lot to be grateful for. 

We spare a thought for the people of New Zealand and Japan, who have suffered so greatly from recent earthquakes.

On this peaceful day in Adelaide, I wish you every success for your congress.

 

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