Peace, blessings for those who come as Li and sons open Buddhist museumTop News | Cindy Wan 28 Mar 2019
Tycoon Li Ka-shing, accompanied by his two sons, attended the inauguration of the Buddhist Art Museum in a rare appearance by the Li family in public.
The museum at the Tsz Shan Monastery, sponsored by the Li Ka Shing Foundation, will open for free to preregistered visitors from May 1.
The ceremony yesterday seated 2,000 guests, led by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yeut-ngor.
Liaison Office director Wang Zhimin and Emperor Group chairman Albert Yeung Sau-shing and former police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung were among the guests.
Li said people need to find answers to existential questions, find their direction and thrive together.
"For me, Buddhist philosophy has guided me through apprehensions, fears and vicissitudes," he said.
He hopes Tsz Shan Monastery can be a space for quiet contemplation, Li said.
It took three years to plan and build the museum.
Although the monastery has been open to the public since 2015, yesterday was its official grand opening. The monastery has since received more than one million visitors.
"No event in my professional life is more important than to set up my foundation and to have the opportunity to serve the future and the betterment of the world," Li said. "It is a true blessing."
His sons Victor Li Tzar-kuoi and Richard Li Tzar-kai appeared at the ceremony to show support.
Their presence showed Li's value of the monastery, given that the father and sons seldom showed up together in public.
The three also attended the monastery's open day together in May.
Tucked in the scenic Tung Tsz hill near Tai Mei Tuk in Tai Po, the museum is a 24,000-square-foot research and exhibition center under a large Guan Yin statue.
It houses 100 Buddha statues featuring Chinese Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism.
Featured display items include a standing Shakyamuni Buddha from ancient India dating back to the second century and a seated Guanyin Bodhisattva statue from the Liao Dynasty of 1,000 years ago.
These statues were either donated by Li or acquired directly by the Li Ka Shing Foundation from the mainland, Japan, Myanmar, India and other east and southeast Asian countries. They will be permanent exhibits in the museum, along with 43 hand-copied Dun Huang Sutra which will be exhibited by rotation.