At 11:00 a.m. of September 14, 2012 (local time in Vienna, Austria), Ven. Abbot Yongxin led Shaolin culture delegation to go to Vienna UNIDO and take cultural exchange activity. They got a warm welcome from the organization, Chinese Societies and Buddhism believers. The wonderful Shaolin Kungfu performance of Shaolin Kungfu monks attracted hundreds of audience to watch and won the applause. Ven. Abbot Shi Yongxin of Shaolin Temple, Sui Hui, vice secretary-general of Vienna UNIDO, Cheng Jingye, ambassador of Permanent Mission of P.R.C to UN, Professor Guo Sile, who is both the mayor of Vienna and the duputy director of the governor’s office and local Chinese Societies attended the activity.
Group photo with Ven. Abbot Yongxin
Foreign friends came to watch Shaolin Kungfu performance
On behalf Vienna UNIDO, vice secretary-general Sui Hui expressed her cordial welcome to the arrival of Ven. Abbot Yongxin and Shaolin culture delegation and met with Ven. Abbot Yongxin in her office. Ven. Abbot Yongxin introduced vice secretary-general Sui Hui about the history and development, the inheritance of Shaolin culture and overseas dissemination and development of Shaolin culture in recent years. vice secretary-general Sui Hui spoke highly of the profound Shaolin culture and the effort that Ven. Abbot Yongxin had made for the development of Shaolin Temple. She said she would make some time to visit Ven. Abbot Yongxin.
Vice Secretary-general Sui Hui met with Ven. Abbot Yongxin
Vice Secretary-general Sui Hui wrote an inscription
Deputy director Guo Sile wrote an inscription
Presented "Shaolin Abbot Shi Yongxin"
At 12:30, the first European Shaolin Cultural Festival in UN was held as scheduled. Vice Secretary-general Sui Hui delivered address and thanked again for the arrival of Ven. Abbot Yongxin and Shaolin cultural delegation who brought peace and friendship for everyone. Ven. Abbot Yongxin said that as the important international organization, UN plays an extraordinary role in safeguarding world peace. Buddhism strives for compassion and equality which is in accordance with the constitution of UN. Hope everybody make effort and contribution together for human peace and world development.
Vice Secretary-general Sui Hui delivered address
Deputy director Guo Sile delivered address
At the opening ceremony, Ven. Abbot Yongxin respectively presented chairman Zhou Yuqiang and ambassador Cheng Jingye delicate trophies and expressed his thanks to the contribution they made for the dissemination and development of Shaolin culture in Austria.
Ven. Abbot Yongxin presented ambassador the trophy
Ven. Abbot Yongxin presented deputy director Guo Sile Shaolin gift
Ven. Abbot Yongxin presented chairman Zhou Yuqiang the trophy
Ven. Abbot Yongxin delivered address
Soon afterwards, a wonderful Shaolin Kungfu performance was held in the Office Compound of UNIDO. Shaolin Kungfu monks performed Shaolin Boxing, Shaolin hard qigong, Shaolin soft Kungfu, Shaolin Kids Kungfu, Shaolin skills using eighteen kinds of weapons and other Shaolin Kungfu. There was a round of applause on the scene and the foreigner friends cheered for the wonderful performance.
Wonderful Shaolin Kungfu attracted lots of audience
Shaolin Kungfu came to UN
Shaolin soft Kungfu
During the activity, the Shaolin cultural picture shows “Millennial Shaolin and Centennial Images” was held and presented the life of Shaolin monks and the development of Shaolin Temple for hundreds of years.
Until now, the first European Shaolin Cultural Festival came to a successful end.