Weekend of September 13th-14th - Three public events will mark 1st Anniversary of Fung Loy Kok Three Religions Temple

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism and
the International Taoist Tai Chi Society will be hosting three public events
during the weekend of Sept. 13/14 to mark the 1st Anniversary of their Three
Religions Temple at their International Taoist Tai Chi Centre, located along
Airport Rd. near Orangeville, Ont.
    First, on Saturday morning, there will be a massive demo and a parade in
downtown Toronto. Then, in the afternoon, there will be a community open house
and banquet at the Centre in Orangeville. At the same time, an Autumn Moon
Lantern Festival will be ongoing at the temple for three days - Friday through
Sunday. More information may be obtained about these events by calling
(519) 941-5981.

    A massive demo and a vibrant parade

    Hundreds of members of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society are
expected to gather at Nathan-Phillips Square in Toronto on Saturday Sept. 13th
at 8:30 am to demonstrate the Taoist Tai Chi (TM) internal arts. They will
then begin the vibrant Awareness Day Parade which passes yearly through the
streets of downtown Toronto.
    The commencement of the parade will be highlighted by a performance from
the Toronto Police Winged Wheels Motorcycle Team. The Halton Regional Police
Pipe Band and the Innisfil Pipe Band will be leading the parade march.

    Buses to and from the International Taoist Tai Chi Centre

    Upon returning to Nathan-Phillips Square, the parade will dissolve and
marchers and onlookers will be invited to board buses headed to the
International Taoist Tai Chi Centre near Orangeville, where thousands of
bright and colorful Chinese Lanterns will await them.
    Visitors will spend the day enjoying a taste of Chinese Culture in the
beautiful Ontario countryside. Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist priests, VIPs
and elected officials, and members of the community will join the celebration
of the prosperous year that has come and gone since the Fung Loy Kok Institute
of Taoism's Three Religions Temple opened. People who are unavailable on
Saturday may also attend the ceremonies on Sunday.

    Traditional Celebration of Harvest

    The Autumn Moon Festival is a popular East Asian tradition honouring the
summer harvest and depicting the brightness of a full Autumn Moon. Typically
highly decorated lanterns are lit and carried through the streets or hung from
trees and buildings. The International Taoist Tai Chi Centre will celebrate
this year's harvest moon in conjunction with the 1st anniversary of the
opening of the Three Religions Temple and Quiet Cultivation Centre.
    As part of the 1st anniversary celebration and Autumn Moon Festival, the
International Taoist Tai Chi Centre will become an Open Market and café with
free admission for all who wish to come and partake:
    On Saturday, there will be a specially prepared traditional vegetarian
lunch known as "Jai" served starting at 12:30. A variety of Merchants and
Artisans will be showcased at the Market Place. A host of Children's
activities including a petting zoo, pony rides, clowns, magicians, and
face-painting will be available. Commencing at 2:00 pm, a dramatic Dragon
Dance will be performed by a highly skilled Lion Dance Troup as part of the
1st anniversary ceremony. Further demonstrations of the ancient Taoist
internal arts will be performed throughout the day. There will be live music
and street performances at the outdoor café in the evening.
    On Sunday, a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet is organized where
traditional Chinese dance will be highlighted. Community members wishing to
attend the banquet may call in advance to the International Centre to reserve
seating. (519-941-5981). Tickets cost $35.
    The community will have a rare opportunity to witness Taoist and
Confucius Religious Ceremony and ritual being conducted with the participation
of representatives from the Yuen Yuen Institute and Fung Yin Seen Koon Temples
of Hong Kong. The Chanting and blessing ceremonies will commence on September
12th, 2008 and be completed on September 14th.

    The Integrated Teachings of the Three Religions of China

    The Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism was co-founded as the "Fung Loy Kok
Taoist Temple" by Master Moy Lin-shin and Mr. Mui Ming-to in Tsuen Wan, Hong
Kong in 1968. In 1981, they opened the first Fung Loy Kok high shrine at the
Taoist Tai Chi Society's Bathurst Street location. Mr. Moy later established a
second Fung Loy Kok Institute location at 134 D'Arcy Street in Toronto's
    In 2007 the Grand Opening of the Quiet Cultivation Centre located at the
FLK International Taoist Tai Chi Centre was realized. The centerpiece of the
entire facility, the Great Hall of the Three Religions, was built according to
traditional Chinese temple specifications. In this temple one will find
striking representations of great and well-loved figures from Chinese culture,
including Buddha, Laozi and Confucius each representing the Buddhist, Taoist
and Confucian religious traditions. Close by lies the Hall of the Original
Constellations housing the Mother of the Stars and 60-star deities, a Memorial
Hall, and three residential pavilions with 56 meditation rooms.
    The construction of this unique and culturally significant temple took
18 months and cost $13 million to build. This sum was contributed dollar-by
dollar by individuals of many faiths, and of diverse ethnic and cultural
backgrounds, in 26 countries where the organization is active-without
requiring any bank loan or any governmental, corporate or institutional
support. It is the culmination of decades of efforts to break down barriers
that divide people around the world. Both the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism
and the International Taoist Tai Chi Society are run mostly by the
contribution of volunteers. They are charitable organizations with over
40,000 members from 31 nations around the world.
    The Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism now has branches throughout Canada,
the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Its objective is to deliver all from
suffering, both the living and the dead, through community service, rituals
and ceremonies, and the cultivation of body and mind.

For further information:

For further information: Bernard Voyer, (519) 941-5981, Cell: (514)
995-5271; David Draper, Cell: (416) 725-6619

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