Harmony Week - Tea & Harmony

Join us in celebration of Harmony Week, an initiative by the Office of Multicultural Interests to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to experience, explore and appreciate our wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity.

This year, we are adopting TEA as the main topic to connect each and every one of us as a unified community. Tea, a pronunciation from south western Hokkien Chinese, tê, a populardrink that was originated from Min Province in China, introduced by Portuguese priests and Dutch merchants to Europe during the 16th century. During the 17th century, drinking tea became fashionable among Britons, who started large-scale production and commercialization of the plant in India to bypass the Chinese monopoly.

Tea has been long associated with Buddhist Monastery in Chinese civilisation. In facts, Buddhist monasteries were the first to develop and promote the virtues of tea drinking. Tea is prized for its ability to enliven the spirit and keep the mind alert. Monastics are busy every day. There are countless chores to work on from before dawn until well after dusk. Even during contemplative periods, with long hours of sitting meditation, tea is very helpful. Tea became the ideal beverage to refresh the mind and to hydrate in the body. Thus, tea has long been used to keep monastics awake and focused during the long hours of deep meditation. For more information about the relationship between Tea and Buddhism, please visit


After enjoying a complimentary lunch provided by Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple WA, you are invited to linger for an afternoon of mindful experience at the Open Day activities. Have a quiet session of meditation, learn to appreciate a good cup of Chinese tea, try writing Chinese calligraphy or simply stay back for a friendly chat with us.

This is a free event supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests.

We warmly welcome your visit on the day.