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Nan Tien Institute and Nan Tien Bridge

Nan Tien Institute’s (NTI’s) vision is to support and inspire learning and the pursuit of research and creative practice. It provides the local region with a place for the exchange of Western and Eastern arts and culture. NTI contributes to the advancement and integration of knowledge, culture and ethical understanding - for the benefit of humanity in an increasingly complex and globally interdependent world. The Nan Tien bridge will link NTI’s new and innovative Campus, Art Gallery & Cultural Centre with Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere.      b4.jpg

This link and connection will symbolise the pathways of learning, cross-cultural connections, and the foundations of Buddhist wisdom that support the educational programs offered at NTI.

Separated by a busy highway, this overpass will facilitate an easier and safer walk for all between the Campus, Art Gallery and Cultural Centre and the Nan Tien Temple.   Sponsorship Form

 

Why do we make offering?

“Offering” originally refers to the offering of material good such as food and clothing to the triple Gem – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, to our teachers parents and the deceased.

To our superiors, offerings convey our feelings of affection, our duty and respect to them. While to our sub-ordinate, it encompasses the meaning of “empathy”, “care” and “protection”. These are what’s referred in the Buddhist scriptures as “to repay our indebtedness to the top, to provide relief the those suffering below”. Regardless whether we are offering to our superior or taking care of those below us, we should aspire to the Bodhichitta, or the heart of infinite altruism, in that our motivation behind the offering is not for the benefit of ourselves, but for all the countless sentient beings in the entire space and across all dharma realms.

 

The Buddha refers to the merit from offering as “like the big expanse of the sky”. When one offers with a mind of non-discrimination and equanimity, then the fruit of the offering with also be vast like the limitless sky. 

 

The ten offerings

According to the sutras, there are ten offerings: flowers, incense, light, perfume, fruit, tea, food, jewel, pearl, and cloth. The merits from the 10 offerings are:

Flower offering Flower offering The offers will bring joy to others like flowers do, their aura will be pleasant and will rejoice in truths.
Incense offering Incense offering The mind and body will find peace, the body will be clean and pure, the three karmas will be purified and the opportunity to hear more dharma will ripen.
Light offering Light offering The eyes will be radiant, careers will progress smoothly and right thoughts will prevail with complete wisdom.
Perfume offering Perfume offering The body will be fragrant, free from illness and suffering, the limbs will be soft and the skin radiant.
Fruit offering Fruit offering Free from plague and disaster, enjoying happiness and plant the seed for enlightenment.
Tea offering Tea offering Fragrant breath, purified body and mind, free from defilements and possessing good interpersonal skills.
Food offering Food offering Prolonged life, pleasant look, a peaceful and joyful mind and eloquent.
Jewel offering Jewel offering

Pleasant look, well manner, free from greediness and stinginess.

Dharma offering Dharma offering

Successful career, radiant inner self, free from loss or damage.

Cloth offering Cloth offering Possessing a repentant mind, radiant skin and wealth.