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TU to hold opening ceremony for new garden and pavilion

Thomas University will officially open its Kuanyin Lotus Garden and the China Pavilion during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in front of Balfour Chapel on TU’s Main Campus.

“Both the garden and the pavilion are gifts from our administrative partners in China and their own Lotus Education Foundation,” said Dr. Gary Bonvillian, TU President. “The project, which included manufacturing and shipping of key material from China, was an expensive undertaking. Nonetheless, our partners feel that this is a worthy investment in hopes of a long and lasting working relationship with Thomas University.”

TU is one of the few universities from outside China to have cooperative programs with universities in China that include approval by China’s central government. TU expects that by the fall of 2015, it will have more than 1,250 students in China in six different programs in Nursing and Business.

Funding for the garden and pavilion was provided by the Lotus Education Foundation in recognition of Thomas University’s successful academic cooperative programs with universities in China. Foundation representatives cite TU’s focus on each student’s strengths, capabilities and will to succeed as values that are consistent with the key ideals of Kuanyin, the goddess of mercy, who emphasizes empathy and the principle of benefitting others first in order to benefit oneself.

Located at the north central area of TU’s Main Campus, the garden features a statue of Kuanyin with a base that includes the key message of Kuanyin, “Magnificent love without boundaries.” Behind the statue is a wall with the principles of Kuanyin, which include having a “Merciful Heart” and to “Provide Service without Limitations.”

In addition to the garden, the Lotus Education Foundation also funded the construction of the China Pavilion close to the library and business office. The pavilion is intended as a place for members of the TU community and visitors from the around the world to exchange ideas and foster friendship.

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