|Buddhism thrives in Hong Kong|
|Written by Wilson Lau|
|Friday, 04 May 2007|
More people in Hong Kong have become interested in Buddhism. Life in the city has become so frantic that many have turned to Buddhism for inner peace and awakening. Buddhism is a religion which does not try to convert or teach a doctrine. It encourages people to seek their own path to enlightenment at their own pace. Mr Ko, owner of the Buddhist Philosophy Bookshop in Pokfulam said that Buddha's teachings help people solve their problems encountered in their daily life, see through their confusion and put aside their prejudices and egos.
the majority of Hong Kong Chinese believe in Buddhism or some folkloric
forms of the religion, better-educated professionals have become
Buddhists and activities organized by Buddhist organizations have
increased, thanks to a greater access to the religion over the past 10
years. (See related article )
The Hong Kong Government has given favorable support to Buddhism and Buddhist organizations'activities. For example, Buddha's Birthday is an official holiday and the activities organized to celebrate it have been attended by millions of people.
Hong Kong has become a platform for the exchanges of ideas among the Buddhist organizations in Greater China. The academic studies of Buddhism unite and facilitate exchange among organizations based in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. Professor Y. Karunadasa said: "It is a uniting force. Rather than being bound by political ideology, [the three places] find the spiritualistic ideology as the common ground and put aside their political differences." He is the visiting professor of the Centre of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong.
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