Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz will be on hand to open a Chinese calligraphy and painting exhibition at VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver next month.
The event is being hosted by the Po Lam Buddhist Association to raise funds for the redevelopment of its Prairie Central Road facility in Chilliwack.
Titled Meritorious Giving, the exhibition features the work of the Venerable Yin Yeung, Ordained in 1992 by Master Sing Yat, Yeung came to Canada in 1994 and devoted herself to painting Buddha statues after suffering from liver cancer in 2003.
She fully recovered, and last year she held a Chinese calligraphy and painting exhibition in Hong Kong to raise funds for the Centre for Spiritual Progress to Great Awakening.
Money raised at the Meritorious Giving exhibition next month will go towards a 40,000-square-foot redevelopment on the Po Lam Buddhist Association's Prairie Central Road property that will feature a main meditation hall and four two-storey buildings.
Founded in Chilliwack in 1994, the Po Lam Buddhist Association offers meditation courses that help participants alleviate stress and find their own spiritual sanctuary.
Growing demand for their courses drove the need for the redevelopment.
. The Meritorious Giving exhibition opens at the Great Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St., Vancouver) Friday, Sept. 6 with an opening ceremony at 3 p.m. and staying open till 7 p.m. Open Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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