SHKP Book Club seminar series to promote reading in Hong Kong

13 Jun 2005


Sun Hung Kai Properties founded the SHKP Book Club to foster a culture of reading in Hong Kong. The Club is holding a book review competition and a series of seminars. The first, 'Spiritual and Cultural Journey to Dunhuang' was held yesterday in collaboration with Commercial Press. Author Jing Yin, who is also the Director of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong, spoke about his book Spiritual Journey to Dunhuang, and leading scholar and consultant to the Hong Kong Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Culture Lee Mei-yin talked on the art and culture of ancient Dunhuang. The seminar was open to the public and the entrants of the book review competition.

Dr Jing dealt with the question of happiness. He pointed out sources of unhappiness, like a troubled mind or conflict with the environment or other people, and elaborated on how positive thinking can produce contentment. He used simple examples to explain complex Buddhist theories, showing how happiness comes with a pure mind. The person with a pure mind can easily adapt to a changing environment, stay in harmony with nature and other people and be at peace.

Ms Lee led the audience on a journey back to ancient Dunhuang, using nearly a hundred illustrations and manuscripts. The audience learned about the religion, social customs, costumes of the time and more. Ms Lee also explained the interrelationship between Indian, western and Dunhuang cultures and how Dunhuang laid the foundation of Chinese culture from the Tang Dynasty to modern times.

The Book Club held another seminar on June 9 with Joint Publishing and the Dharmasthiti Cultural Centre on the recommended book 7 Inspiring Games. The Growth and Soul-Searching seminar was led by Dennis Chan, a registered social worker with 22 years of experience. Dr Chan explained how to relieve stress and set the mind free, offering a quick and easy mixture of theory and practice combining Chinese and western techniques. The same organizations staged two other seminars on May 28 and June 11, on parenting and family relationships. Parents learned about child rearing and ways to build and maintain a harmonious family through interactive games and activities.

The book review competition currently under way has attracted a lot of interest and over a thousand entries. The judges are selecting some for honourable mentions, with book coupons as prizes. Many of the good ones will be posted on the Club's web site. The judges will then pick the best three entries from the honourable mentions for major prizes. The results will be announced in late July.

The Club will mount a major book fair and other reading-related activities in the near future, to help foster an interest in reading.
SHKP Book Club seminar series to promote reading in Hong Kong

13 Jun 2005









Sun Hung Kai Properties founded the SHKP Book Club to foster a culture of reading in Hong Kong. The Club is holding a book review competition and a series of seminars. The first, 'Spiritual and Cultural Journey to Dunhuang' was held yesterday in collaboration with Commercial Press. Author Jing Yin, who is also the Director of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong, spoke about his book Spiritual Journey to Dunhuang, and leading scholar and consultant to the Hong Kong Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Culture Lee Mei-yin talked on the art and culture of ancient Dunhuang. The seminar was open to the public and the entrants of the book review competition.

Dr Jing dealt with the question of happiness. He pointed out sources of unhappiness, like a troubled mind or conflict with the environment or other people, and elaborated on how positive thinking can produce contentment. He used simple examples to explain complex Buddhist theories, showing how happiness comes with a pure mind. The person with a pure mind can easily adapt to a changing environment, stay in harmony with nature and other people and be at peace.

Ms Lee led the audience on a journey back to ancient Dunhuang, using nearly a hundred illustrations and manuscripts. The audience learned about the religion, social customs, costumes of the time and more. Ms Lee also explained the interrelationship between Indian, western and Dunhuang cultures and how Dunhuang laid the foundation of Chinese culture from the Tang Dynasty to modern times.

The Book Club held another seminar on June 9 with Joint Publishing and the Dharmasthiti Cultural Centre on the recommended book 7 Inspiring Games. The Growth and Soul-Searching seminar was led by Dennis Chan, a registered social worker with 22 years of experience. Dr Chan explained how to relieve stress and set the mind free, offering a quick and easy mixture of theory and practice combining Chinese and western techniques. The same organizations staged two other seminars on May 28 and June 11, on parenting and family relationships. Parents learned about child rearing and ways to build and maintain a harmonious family through interactive games and activities.

The book review competition currently under way has attracted a lot of interest and over a thousand entries. The judges are selecting some for honourable mentions, with book coupons as prizes. Many of the good ones will be posted on the Club's web site. The judges will then pick the best three entries from the honourable mentions for major prizes. The results will be announced in late July.

The Club will mount a major book fair and other reading-related activities in the near future, to help foster an interest in reading.