Longquan Great Compassion Monastery,
Before World War II, a group of Chinese people embarked their journey to the Netherlands seeking to make a living there. Although of humble origins, they always kept in mind the more than 2,500 years history of traditional Chinese ethics and culture. Following Chinese traditions, they committed tremendous efforts to educating their children and grandchildren, helping them to learn the Chinese language and their cultural heritage. With the joint effort of the community, Chinese language schools had been founded in Utrecht, The Hague, and Haarlem since September 1981. Gradually, the second and the third generation Dutch Chinese established themselves as active members of the middle and upper classes of the European society. Starting from the mid-twentieth century, European Chinese, guided by their head, Mr.Woo Che Kwang, had founded a number of organizations to promote trade between China and the Netherlands, including the European Federation of Chinese Organizations, Dutch Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Society of Dutch Chinese in the Netherlands.
In order to promote Chinese Buddhist culture, Mr.Woo Che Kwang started his plan to develop a Buddhist monastery in 2006. His perseverance and effort, displayed in his nearly 30 trips to his motherland of China, eventually mobilized the Dutch Chinese community. In 2014, 56 stakeholders jointly purchased a building for the development of a monastery, with the help of several devoted Buddhists, such as Ji Zengbin, Jin Dazhong, Ding Jianzhong, Zhang Chunzhai, and Ye Caiyun. At present more than 150 Buddhist believers have been involved in developing this monastery, contributing what they can to the hard-won site, including manpower, financial and material resources and mental efforts.
In order to build a monastery with the true Dharma, Mr.Woo Che Kwang gathered together some backbone devotees to visit monasteries in Beijing, Hangzhou, Zhejiang etc. in China. After the field investigation, the community decided to invite and follow the mentorship of Venerable Master Xuecheng, who named the building Longquan Great Compassion Monastery. Upon request, Venerable Xianqi, one of the supervising monks in Beijing Longquan Monastery, became the abbot of the Monastery and Ven. Xianqing, the deputy abbot. In addition, six Bhikshunis from Xianyou Jile Monastery, Fujian, China became the resident Sangha of the Monastery. They also created Longquan Great Compassion Foundation in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
To promote Buddhist culture for the benefit of the society
We aim to establish the monastery as one with the Three Jewels (i.e. the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha). A Buddhist monastery, a vital carrier of Chinese traditional culture, is a sacred place where the Buddhist monastics practice Buddhism and the laity conducts religious activities.
To unite the Dutch Chinese community as well as the local people and to promote the charity projects
We will proactively implement various charity undertakings for the public welfare to attract a large number of people with loving hearts, especially the Dutch Chinese community to get involved and pass on the positive energy of Buddhism to society.
To provide high quality education for both Buddhist and non-Buddhist communities
To provide education, guidance and assistance with regard to Buddhism is also a must for resident monastics in order to promote the Dharma and benefit all beings.
To integrate Buddhist culture with modern civilization
Buddhism, as an ancient religion, needs to be transmitted in an accessible way for modern people, making it easy for them to understand, learn and practice the Dharma. This will enable them to benefit from the teachings and to achieve spiritual wisdom and enlightenment.
To promote the integration of Buddhism and other religions
We will strive to be more open to cross-religious dialogues, to cooperate and communicate more intensively and deeply with other religions with sincerity and trust. We hope more international friends will hear “the Voice of Chinese Buddhism,” contributing the ideological wisdom of Chinese Buddhism to dissolving world crises and resolving global issues.
Altruism needs to be managed by wisdom, not just kindness. If not, the result may be the opposite of that desired. The story of the farmer saving a snake illustrates this. In addition to wisdom, we need will power to be truly helpful to others.
In a work unit, the leader may assign trivial clerical tasks to new graduates from college. Those seeking quick promotion tend to show no interest in doing them, while those with steady natures will complete them, one by one. As time passes, the former, being self-interested and conceited, will repeatedly change jobs and feel lost again and again, while the latter will advance methodically with whatever burdens on their shoulders, winning the appreciation of the leader, respect from colleagues, and the reward of better opportunities for development.
"Only with a strong heart, can you embrace others."
- WORDS OF WISDOM
Practice of the Dharma and direct experience is essential. To this end, activities are elaborately planned for you, including sutra chanting, shared reading, prayer for auspiciousness, Mengshan Deliverance Ceremony, lamp offering, sitting meditation, Buddhist chants, manual work to collect merit, etc. Free vegetarian lunch shall be provided for those who participate in these activities! All of them are tailor-made and there must be one suitable for you! Come to the Three Jewels, and you will be benefited. The monastery will be a place to start the spiritual journey that uplifts your life and improves your living quality...
If we go through the dissemination histroy of human civilizations,we may find that a sort of deep resonance with and recognition of other thoughts and cultures are always the inner bridge for cross-cultural and inter-faith dissemination and,it is fair to say,the only bridge to peace.
Comprehensively and timely report and present external visits made by monastics and lay people outside of the Monastery. With colorful activities of Dharma promotion and cultural exchanges, such as bringing Buddhist culture into primary and middle schools and organizing seminars with universities and research institutions, we hope to reach a larger audience. Thus we wish to bring the appeal of the Longquan Great Compassion Monastery to the public, attract attention and elicit participation of more people.
The ‘Special’ Guests
Ven. Xianqi received his PhD degree in Nuclear and Thermal Energy Application from Tsinghua University in 2000. He became a Buddhist monk at Putian Guanghua Monastery, Fujian Province in 2004. From 2006 to 2014 he worked in the Cultural Charity and Publicity Departments at Beijing Longquan Monastery. Now Ven. Xianqi is the Abbot of Quanzhou Puji Monastery in Fujian Province, China and of the Longquan Great Compassion Monastery in the Netherlands.
He graduated with a Doctorate degree in Engineering Thermophysics from Tsinghua University in 2007 and was ordained as a monk in Beijing Longquan Monastery in 2008. From 2009 to 2013, he was the secretary to Ven. Master Xuecheng in the Buddhist Association of China. From 2013 until now, he has been in charge of the English Team in the Translation Center. Since 2015, he has been the Deputy Abbot of Longquan Great Compassion Monastery in the Netherlands. Since 2016, he has been the Director of International Communication in Beijing Longquan Monastery.
Adriaan van Bergenstraat 18,
3554 VE Utrecht, Netherlands
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