On May 13, 2023, Tzu Chi USA National Headquarters in San Dimas, CA welcomed guests from across the California community, including leaders of different faith traditions to partake in its annual Buddha Day Ceremony.
It is the second year in a row where services that honor the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha have been conducted exclusively in English, allowing for a greater diversity of members from the general public to participate. One guest included the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Erin Liu. She remarked that, “the main thing about Tzu Chi which touched me a lot is their humanity and courage. Courage is considered the most valuable virtue in human society, and I want to participate in such ceremonies or events to learn about this virtue.”
At the same time, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s LA Chapter Naser Noor emphasized the importance of being able to connect across different faiths: “collaboration among the different faiths is important because at the end of the day, we believe that all faiths lead to goodness, and, if we collaborate with each other, it will be useful for the benefit of humanity with collaboration.”
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