At 7:00 p.m. of September 10, 2012(local time in Vienna, Austria), Shaolin culture delegation consisted of more than forty people led by Ven. Abbot Shi Yongxin arrived in Vienna, Austria and would hold the activities “European Shaolin Culture Festival in Vienna” on the following day. Ven. Abbot Shi Yongxin, Bai Yang, cultural counselor of Chinese Embassy to Austria, Chang Kai, chairman of Austria-China Cultural Exchange Association, Guo Guozhi, deputy director general of Henan Administration for Religious Affairs, the leaders from the Culture Department of Henan Province, Shaolin culture delegation, the masters and students from Shaolin Cultural Center Austria, local Chinese Society and Buddhism believers attended the welcome banquet together.
Ven. Abbot Yongxin and Shaolin culture delegation were warmly welcomed
At the airport gate, Ven. Abbot Shi Yongxin and Shaolin culture delegation enjoyed a warm welcome from local Chinese Society and Buddhism believers.
Cultural counselor Bai Yang delivered address
At the banquet, on behalf of Chinese Embassy, Mr. Bai Yang expressed his cordial welcome to Ven. Abbot Shi Yongxin and Shaolin culture delegation and congratulated beforehand “European Shaolin Culture Festival” go successfully.
Chairman Chang Kai delivered address
In the congratulatory speech of the welcome banquet, Chang Kai, chairman of Austria-China Cultural Exchange Association, spoke highly of the profound Shaolin culture and the extraordinary contribution that Ven. Abbot Shi Yongxin had done for Austria-China cultural exchange.
Ven. Abbot Yongxin delivered address
Ven. Abbot Yongxin said, “In recent years, there are numerous cultural exchange activities between Shaolin Temple and Austria. In 2010, Shaolin Europe Association was established in Vienna and it was supported and accepted by the public of Austria. In order to promote the dissemination and development of Shaolin culture in Austria, a series of activities of “European Shaolin Culture Festival” will be held in Vienna and the activities cover Dharma Assembly to pray for world peace, Shaolin culture experience, picture shows of Shaolin culture and so on.” Ven. Abbot Yongxin also introduced the grand occasion of the Shaolin Culture Festival in Germany and congratulated beforehand on the complete success to “European Shaolin Culture Festival in Vienna, Austria”
The welcome banquet
The welcome banquet proceeded in the peaceful and warm atmosphere.