Her Holiness Shinso Ito has repeatedly taught that the goal of interfaith dialogue must be for different faiths to learn from one another. Shinnyo-en believes that people of faith need to explore together how their practices empower, individually and together, to transform this
world of suffering into a world of harmony and understanding.
As an advocate of inter-faith understanding, Shinnyo-en Singapore has been organising inter-faith dialogues among leaders of differing faiths. This is part of Shinnyo-en’s efforts to promote racial and religious harmony by providing a platform for all to have a better understanding about the various faiths in Singapore.
The first dialogue session, as part of Shinnyo-en Singapore’s inter-faith speakers series was on Islam, with Ustadh Leyaket Ali as the guest speaker, on 30 November 2013. Ustadh Leyaket Ali spoke about how Islam is practised in daily lives and what Islam teaches about happiness. It was a fruitful session for all participants as they learnt more about the religion Islam.
The second in the series was on Taoism with Master Chung Kwang Tong from the Taoist Federation which took place on 29 March 2014. Master Chung Kwang Tong spoke about the Taoist religion and how it is practised in daily lives.
Master Chung Kwang Tong from the Taoist Federation sheds light on the Taoist religion
On 23rd May – 27th May, Shinnyo-en invited a group of religious leaders from Singapore to participate in the 16th Hawaii Lantern Floating ceremony in Hawaii, United States of America. This was the first time that we had invited influential inter-religious representatives from Singapore.
The religious leaders were from different faiths including Islam, Hindu, Sikh and Baha’i. The leaders were given the invaluable opportunity to participate in the Hawaii Lantern Floating Ceremony, led by Her Holiness Shinso Ito. They had also the chance to meet and greet with Her Holiness Shinso Ito at the Hawaii Convention Centre where there was an exchange of ideas and opinions on the importance of inter-faith in contributing to world peace.
As part of the trip, they visited the Hawaii Shinnyo-en temple where they learnt more about the beliefs of Shinnyo-en and its practices.
In all, it was an educational trip where the religious leaders had a good experience learning more about Shinnyo-en and the significance of the Hawaii Lantern Floating ceremony.
The Religious representatives for the 2014 Hawaii Lantern Floating
Gift exchange with leaders from the Muslim faith, Mr Syed Ahmed Al-Attas and Sikh faith, Mr Harbans Singh
Religious leaders from Singapore with their lanterns
We invited Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin to celebrate the 2013 Mid-Autumn Festival at the Shinnyo-en Temple. During his visit, our practitioners had put up several performances including a lively Taiko Drum act, a colourful costume parade and a line dance routine.
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, visited us during 2014 Chinese New Year. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, as well as the Marine parade GRC grassroots members had the opportunity to Lo Hei together to mark the Lunar New Year festive celebration.
During his visit, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin also learnt more about Shinnyo-en and our community activities in Singapore.
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC visited Shinnyo-en temple during the Chinese New Year
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