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香 港浸會大學知識轉移處 Knowledge Transfer Office Hong Kong Baptist University. Project on Buddhist Complex. Project Summary.

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Project on buddhist complex

香港浸會大學知識轉移處

Knowledge Transfer Office

Hong Kong Baptist University

Project on Buddhist Complex


Project summary

Project Summary

The Chi Lin Nunnery is familiar to the community, yet few are aware of its cultural significance.  Through a study of the characteristic timber complex, floor plan and the garden design, the project aims to reveal the religious, cultural and artistic significance, as well as its spatial nature.  The project seeks to provide a transferable knowledge pool for both the general public in general and the local secondary education community in particular. 

As a part of the tangible outcomes, the project team organized an exhibition to share the research findings with the general public.  In addition, the team also developed teaching materials that matched the needs of the Liberal Studies for the three-year new senior secondary (NSS) curriculum, and introduced Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden in the course of HKBU. The project outcome was also shared widely among interested academics and the exploration of cultural assets in Greater China.

Project Leader

Dr. William NG

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Project Co-investigator

Dr. Jack Lee

Academy of Visual Arts


Chi lin complex

Chi Lin Complex

Located in the Kowloon Peninsula, Chi Lin Complex—a Buddhist complex featuring Tang-style architecture and classical Chinese garden design—is very familiar to the community, yet few are aware of its cultural significance. The Complex represents one of the most valuable Chinese monuments in Hong Kong and carries enormous religious, cultural, and artistic significances. Beautiful plants, artistic rocks, peaceful pond and eaves of ancient style temple constitute a poetic landscape that is most impressive. The scenery and cultural heritage together define the aesthetic of “oneness” in Chinese landscape painting.


Project implementation

Project Implementation

Phase I

Dr. Ng incorporated his research findings on Chi Lin Complex into a course that he taught for Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and Ethics (“MALSE”) at HKBU. Examples from the Complex were employed in the course for various topics related to globalisation, social participation, and personal identity.

Phase II

The project leaders developed research findings into teaching materials Liberal Studies curriculum under the New Senior Secondary with the assistance of high school teachers. Topics in the teaching materials include globalisation, social participation, environment, and personal identity, all of which are required topics for students in Hong Kong.


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Project Implementation

Phase III

In collaboration with HKCC, two seminars were presented on 14 and 15 November 2011 on HKCC campus to over 120 audiences on the meaning and value of the Complex in culture and art, social engagement, and spirituality.

This project also intended to shed light on the exploration of cultural assets in Mainland China. To promote and consolidate long-term impact of the project, the project team paid a knowledge exchange visit to Nanjing, Jiangsu Province on 10-14 December 2011.


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Project Implementation

Phase IV

The project team in collaboration with Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre put together an exhibition Visual Perception and Representation of Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden. This exhibition is the visual observation, perception, and representation of a group of contemporary young artists to present Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden together as an architectural complex that demonstrates “the merging of ancient architectural style and the essence of art” through drawings, photography, sculptures, video art, and installation. The exhibition held on 1-9 May 2012 was well received by over 600 visitors.


Project impact

Project Impact

Students of MALSE programme perceived positively the impact of lessons on their knowledge and understanding of Chi Lin Complex (95%of the respondents indicating strongly agree or agree), social engagement (87.50%), personal identity (77.50%), and knowledge of localisation, regionalisation, and globalisation (80%).

In the evaluation for exhibition Visual Perception and Representation of Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan LianGarden:

More than 50% of the artist participants expressed that the exhibition improved their understanding of Chi Lin Complex, cross-media visual arts and relation between space and individual.

67% of the artist participants indicated that participating in the exhibition enhanced their creativity.

50% of the artist participants responded that the exhibition has increased their concern on society.

67% of the artist participants responded that the exhibition has increased their reflection of modern or present living.

Audience reported that their motivation for learning culture and art was significantly improved after the seminars.


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