WHO ARE WE?
BLIA-YAD is the abbreviated form of the Buddha’s Light International Association – Young Adult Division, and we are part of a greater global Buddhist organisation called Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA).
We are a group of youth who are not necessarily Buddhists, but have an interest in learning more about Buddhism and life. Through organising various activities and events, BLIA-YAD is actively involved in both promoting the teachings of Buddha and the fellowship among young people of today.
The objectives of the BLIA-YAD are:
To establish our direction through Humanistic Buddhism
To foster leadership skills by forming youth groups
To broaden our life experience through activities
To deepen our faith in Buddhism through education
To enrich our values by contributing to society
BUDDHA'S LIGHT INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION (BLIA)
We are very grateful and thankful of BLIA for their ongoing support and love, which allows us to bring an amazing ANZBYC experience to everyone.
BLIA is an organisation consisting of lay Buddhists who observe the practice of Humanistic Buddhism in daily life. Its primary objective is to serve all beings, spread a joyous spirit amongst people and to nurture the virtue of compassion. It places emphasis on education, culture, cultivation and activities that are beneficial to society at large.
VENERABLE MASTER HSING YUN
The theme of ‘Faith and Legacy’ was originally advised by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan, for the 2018 BLIA World Headquarters General Conference. We have taken inspiration from Venerable Master Hsing Yun in adopting the ‘Faith and Legacy’ theme for ANZBYC 2021.
“Venerable Master Hsing Yun was born in Jiangsu, China in 1927 and entered a monastery near Nanjing at age twelve. He was fully ordained in 1941, and is the 48th patriarch of the Linji school of Chan Buddhism.
He is a Chinese Buddhist monk, author, philanthropist, and the founder of the Fo Guang Shan International Buddhist Order, which is headquartered in Taiwan and has branches throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. Ordained at the age of twelve in Jiangsu Province, China, Hsing Yun has spent over eighty years as a Buddhist monk promoting what he calls “Humanistic Buddhism”—Buddhism that meets the needs of people and is integrated into all aspects of daily life… Master Hsing Yun is a prolific writer and has authored over one hundred books on how to bring happiness, peace, compassion and wisdom into daily life…
Today Master Hsing Yun continues to travel around the world teaching the Dharma. He continues to write a daily column for The Merit Times, as well as produce one-stroke calligraphy paintings. His insightful, engaging, and witty lectures unfailingly endear him to audiences. He reminds us that to transform our world, we must be actively engaged in it. "Community transcends the individual," he says, "and in doing so, fulfills the individual in the most complete way possible." Wherever he goes, he encourages people to unite both the local and global community into a world of complete equality, joyfulness, and perfect peace.”
- Venerable Master Hsing Yun Bio Biography, available at: https://hsingyun.org/bio/index.php