We, Dharma friends, were fortunate enough to follow venerable Zen Master Bai Yun and other masters to Yun Yang Temple, which is located in Melbourne’s Chief Sun Mountain in Australia, to propagate the Dharma. We were struck with admiration for Master Bai Yun’s spirit and endeavor to propagate the Dharma in such a long trip at the age of 97.
On April 13th, with supreme happiness and gratitude, we set off from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Cairns Australia via Hong Kong. The next day we took an unforgettable trip to the Great Barrier Reef by Sunlover Reef Cruise. Located just off the Tropical North Queensland coast of Cairns, Australia, the reef is an awe-inspiring underwater spectacle of brilliantly colorful corals and more than 10,000 diverse and unique marine species. With bright sunshine and blue ocean, we found us amid a paradise on earth, embraced by the pure nature. What a wonderful day.
Along the way, the local Australians paid great homage to Master Bai Yun. They made Zen Gesture to show their respect. I was deeply impressed by the borderless power of religion. On April 16th, we take a domestic flight from Cairns to Melbourne. Master San and his companions welcomed us at the airport. We felt extremely excited to meet our old friends in a foreign country. In the evening, we had dinner together in a local restaurant. We talked freely and happily. Thanks so much for all venerable masters.
On April 17th, under the guidance of Master Bai Yun, we arrived at Yun Yang Temple, which was built on a thirty-two acre plot of land in Australia. The temple is so solemn and grand that we were all excited and moved. Later Master Bai Yun held the Inauguration ceremony of Buddha statues, followed by Master Zhi Xu’s Grand Offering. The ceremony came to a successful conclusion and all Dharma friends were full of Dharma joy. After the lunch, regardless of the tiredness, Master Bai Yun encouraged the followers by solving their puzzles and distress in the shrine.
On April 18th, we travelled around Melbourne. We took a visit to the civic center and were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne. He invited us to a banquet. During the dinner, the Lord Mayor made a welcoming speech and Master Bai Yun proposed the vote of thanks. I hereby expressed my sincere gratitude to the Lord Mayor of Melbourne’s hospitality.
On the last day, we packed our luggage and took a night flight to Hong Kong. We arrived at our cozy home the next day and ended this memorable trip. Thanks for the considerate caring from venerable Zen Master Bai Yun, other masters and all my Dharma friends. Special gratitude will be given to my companion, Buddhist YuBei for her tender care.
Word/ Lai YenHsueh