2018年英國威爾士孝親報恩祭祖大典致辭 英國威爾士三一聖大衛大學人文與表演藝術學院院長Dr.Jeremy Smith （第一集） 2018/8/30 英國威爾士三一聖大衛大學蘭彼得校區 檔名：52-583-0001
Venerable Master, venerables, President of the Foundation, friends and colleagues,
On behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, can I welcome you all to Lampeter and to say what an honour and pleasure it is to be able to host two days of ceremony and celebration. The ceremonies that we have today and tomorrow have come from London, and in two weeks they will go to Paris.
You will all see that Lampeter, between London and Paris, is probably the smallest of those ceremonies, but it will be by far the friendliest of ceremonies. Today we have the Thrice Yearning Ceremony and then tomorrow the Ancestral Ceremony. Both ceremonies pay respect and honour to our ancestors and those departed. And this year we are especially mindful of our recently departed Provost of the Academy, Professor Clayton Chou.
I think we are also doing something more over these two days. We also are giving honour to the shared vision and partnership established just two years ago between the Venerable Master and the Vice-Chancellor. A partnership that has sought to begin a journey of bringing the Master’s vision to the West, a partnership that has sought to educate new generations in ancient Chinese texts, wisdom and culture, and a partnership which is created the first academy of sinology dedicated to furthering the Master’s vision. So much has happened in those short two years.
This July our first cohort of MA students graduated. Our first cohort of Foundation Certificate students have graduated. This September we will take into the Lampeter the first cohort of BA Sinology students and we have launched the first ever programme across the world in professional doctorates in interfaith studies, whereby we have up to 15 top young scholars from all across the world, from all religions of the world, exploring the common basis of their faiths.
In the future we look to launch with Master Chin Kung’s support bursaries dedicated to training young leaders for future projects and missionary work. And to all of this essential activity, we give honour and thanks to the vision and insight of the Venerable Master and Vice-Chancellor.
So we have much to honour and to respect over the coming two days. Please make Lampeter your home for those two days. You are all very welcome here now and in the future. And genuinely we are friendly and kind lot. Can I finish by wishing everyone two wonderful days of ceremony.