Cultural Performances at the Heartlands - A Throwback

Cultural Performances at the Heartlands - A Throwback

From the early 1990s to the present and beyond, read on for NSBA's cultural contributions to Singapore's grassroots and heartland community celebrations

The history of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist Association Singapore's ("NSBA") cultural performances at Singapore's grassroots and heartland communities extends back to the early 1990s, with the earliest documentation being recorded in 2002 when the association's internal publication, Kaimyo Magazine, was first established.

NSBA Dancers at the Bishan Community Club Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations (2002)

Stemming from a deep desire to put faith into practice, and for the wider society to develop an awareness and understanding of the beautiful faith that Nichiren Shoshu expounds, generations of believers have put in much time and effort in putting up performances at various heartland events.

Over the years, NSBA has been honoured to receive invitations from numerous constituencies, to perform at grassroots events such as Chingay, National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations.

Despite most having little to no professional training, believers from all walks-of-life put in their hearts and soul in mastering dance steps and the art of playing various musical instruments, to put up the performances.

This spirit of exerting themselves in putting faith into practice has extended across generations, with the first seeds sown in 2002 continuously blossoming for over 20 years and beyond.

As expounded in the teachings that we practice as Nichiren Shoshu Buddhists, we deeply believe in the importance of giving back to our country - both in prayer and in action.

In the coming years, NSBA is determined to continuously exert ourselves in giving back to the local community. For it is through the prosperity of our community that has enabled our temple, Kaimyo-in, to thrive on Singapore's shores.

"Ever since I began to study the Law handed down from Shakyamuni Buddha and undertook the practice of the Buddhist teachings, I have believed it is most important to understand one's obligations to others, and made it my first duty to repay such debts of kindness.

In this world, we owe four debts of gratitude... As I wish to help my father and mother in their next existence and repay the debt that I owe to my country, I am willing to lay down my life, simply because I understand the debt that I owe them and for no other reason."

Nichiren Daishonin in the Conversation between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man (Shogu Mondo Sho)

Many exciting community outreach activities are in the pipeline. Do stay tuned and check out our website to find out more!

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