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A Spiritual Journey to the East

On Thursday, 19 September, students of Year 12 Ancient History travelled to Brisbane City to investigate a number of Asian religions associated with their unit on “The Religions of Ancient China and India”.
Very early in the morning, we visited the Chung Tian Temple at Priestdale.  Students were given a tour of the Bodhisattva Hall and other areas of the Buddhist complex.  We were shown how to perform a traditional tea ceremony, practise Chinese calligraphy and were involved in an offering ceremony with fruit and incense.  Highlights were a chance to see the newly built Pagoda and the museum with its models of the Entombed Warriors and the different representations of Buddha.  Students commented that the visit to the Chung Tian Temple, set in its beautiful and expansive parks and gardens, was a wonderful experience.
Next we ventured to Chinatown in Fortitude Valley for a delicious Chinese banquet at the Enjoy-Inn.  Students were then able to explore all the sights and sounds of Chinatown.
After lunch, we travelled to Breakfast Creek to the Chinese Temple Society.  Established in 1885, it is the oldest Chinese Temple in Queensland.  The Temple had elements of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism for the students to study.
In the late afternoon, we toured the Evergreen Taoist Temple at Deagon.  With all its paintings, statues, murals and grand doors, this temple is a magnificent structure.  Of particular interest were the principles of Yin and Yang, Feng Shui and the symbolism of the various offerings to the gods.
I’d like to thank our Year 12 Ancient History students for their cooperation and behaviour on the day.  They looked very well presented in their formal uniforms and received praise for their dress and behaviour at the various venues.  A big thank you also must go to Mrs Harrold and Mr Keehn for their help and supervision on the day.  The excursion was an extremely valuable way to examine religions that date back to Ancient India and China.
Ms C Harman
Ancient History Coordinator