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Embracing Religious Beauty


The Freeman, a Filipino newspaper, once reported on the story of a Buddhist nun who always paid respect to the Santo Niño, the statue of Child Jesus which had been enshrined at the Basilica del Santo Niño for over 400 years. Venerable Yung Ling noted that “the presence of the Santo Niño makes people happy and also created harmony and peace.” According to Buddhist teachings, bowing to images that are not of Buddhist origin is an expression of gratitude for the teaching. Buddhism agrees with the moral teachings of other religions, as it is tolerant and not concerned with labels like “Christian,” “Muslim,” “Hindu,” or “Buddhist.”

In 2014 and 2015, Venerable Yung Ling invited the Santo Niño to participate in “When Buddha Meets the Gods” event at the Buddha Museum. She also led students from the Cebu branch of Guang Ming College to perform traditional Filipino music and dance at the event.

“When Buddha Meets the Gods” event is held on 25th December every year at the Buddha Museum. Last year, numerous representatives from various religions including Taoism, Catholicism, and Confucianism, from home and abroad, joined the event to celebrate religious harmony and world peace. Visitors can experience local religious parades. This year the Buddha’s tooth relic will be venerated at a close distance. There is also a concurrent exhibition on the preservation and restoration of Taiwanese religious heritage.

Watch the event video online

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