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A Spiritual Journey For Year 12 Ancient History Students

20/10/2014

A Spiritual Journey For Year 12 Ancient History Students

On Thursday, September 18, students of Year 12 Ancient History ventured to Brisbane City to investigate a number of Asian religions associated with their unit on “The Religions of Ancient China and India”.

In the early morning, they visited the Chung Tian Temple at Priestdale.  Students were given a tour of the Bodhisattva Hall and other areas of the Buddhist complex.  They were shown how to meditate, perform a traditional tea ceremony, practise Chinese calligraphy and were involved in an offering ceremony.  Highlights were a chance to see the newly built Pagoda, ringing the bronze bell and the museum with its models of the Entombed Warriors.  The visit to the Chung Tian Temple, set in its beautiful parks and gardens, was awesome.

Next we made our way to Chinatown in Fortitude Valley for a sumptuous Chinese banquet at the Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant.  After lunch, we travelled to Breakfast Creek to the Chinese Temple Society.  Established in 1885, it is the oldest Chinese Temple in Queensland and has elements of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism.  It is a tribute to the early Chinese settlers of Queensland.

In the late afternoon, we toured the Evergreen Daoist Temple at Deagon.   With its paintings, statues, murals and colourful halls, all on a grand scale, this Temple is a magnificent structure.  Of particular interest was the information supplied about the principles of Yin and Yang, Feng Shui and the meaning of the various offerings to the gods as well as the idea of ancestor worship. 

I’d like to thank our Year 12 Ancient History students for their cooperation and good humour on the day.  They looked very well presented in their formal uniforms and received praise for their dress and behaviour at the various venues.  The excursion was an extremely valuable way to examine eastern religions that date back to ancient times.

Mrs. Creffield

Year 12 Ancient History Teacher