Chinese Classical Art in Ancient English Countryside
Chinese Classical Art in Ancient English Countryside
A young Chinese woman from Hong Kong who said the The Art of Zhen Shan Ren Exhibition told

A young Chinese woman from Hong Kong who said the The Art of Zhen Shan Ren Exhibition told "A very sad story". She is holding an origami lotus frequently given by Falun Dafa practitioners. The woman stands beside a picture of the Buddha statue by Kunlun Zhang and in front of Noble Task by Dong Xiqiang where a woman sews a banner before a parade. (Epoch Times)

The photo shows the entrance to the Gun Room so called because it is believed to have housed the large cannon that was used for target practice in the Napoleonic wars. “There is no proof to this rumour however and for many years the building served as a church hall for the United Reformed Church, now called the Old Chapel Centre,” said Caroline Adcock, bookings secretary for the Old Chapel Centre. (Courtesy of the Old Chapel, Alfriston)

The photo shows the entrance to the Gun Room so called because it is believed to have housed the large cannon that was used for target practice in the Napoleonic wars. “There is no proof to this rumour however and for many years the building served as a church hall for the United Reformed Church, now called the Old Chapel Centre,” said Caroline Adcock, bookings secretary for the Old Chapel Centre. (Courtesy of the Old Chapel, Alfriston)

Interior of the Old Chapel Centre in Alfriston. (Courtesy of the Old Chapel, Alfriston)

Interior of the Old Chapel Centre in Alfriston. (Courtesy of the Old Chapel, Alfriston)

Interior of the Old Chapel Centre in Alfriston. (Courtesy of the Old Chapel, Alfriston)

Interior of the Old Chapel Centre in Alfriston. (Courtesy of the Old Chapel, Alfriston)

Caroline Adcock is on the management committee for the Old Chapel Centre. She is looking at Gift by Kathleen Gillis that shows a girl Falun Dafa practitioner giving a paper lotus flower to an old lady. Flowers rising from the gift represent the abundance generating by the act of giving. Caroline Adcock said

Caroline Adcock is on the management committee for the Old Chapel Centre. She is looking at Gift by Kathleen Gillis that shows a girl Falun Dafa practitioner giving a paper lotus flower to an old lady. Flowers rising from the gift represent the abundance generating by the act of giving. Caroline Adcock said "it is good to see the same message which they [the founders] hoped to share 200 years ago, here now, living on, taking it forward into the modern world. So the message lives on." (Epoch Times)

Julie Couzins and Stephen Grace in front of After the Parade by Dong Xiqiang.

Julie Couzins and Stephen Grace in front of After the Parade by Dong Xiqiang. "Astounding emotion within the artwork. Thank you," said Julie Couzins. “Stephen Grace said, "Thank you for bringing such a beautiful collection of paintings of such calibre and importance to a little village like Alfriston. We are truly grateful." (Epoch Times)

Amelia and Tabitha Russell, who are sisters, looking at painting Freed by Faith by Chen Xiaoping that is based on a true story of a woman whose shackles miraculously fell and she was able to walk out of the jail unquestioned. She was one of thousands of Dafa disciples unlawfully jailed, tortured, and killed.

Amelia and Tabitha Russell, who are sisters, looking at painting Freed by Faith by Chen Xiaoping that is based on a true story of a woman whose shackles miraculously fell and she was able to walk out of the jail unquestioned. She was one of thousands of Dafa disciples unlawfully jailed, tortured, and killed. "I found out for the first time what is happening to these poor people in China. The Exhibition has opened my eyes to how lucky I am to live in a county where I can have my own thoughts." (Epoch Times)

The unique oil and Chinese paintings of The Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Exhibition were on public view in an ancient church on the south east coast of England on May 24 and were viewed until May 31.

The small village of Alfriston (pronounced All-friston) in the Sussex district of Wealden, England, is a site near several Neolithic long barrows in the South Downs. The Old Chapel hosted 42 paintings by practitioners of the meditation practice Falun Gong whose Chinese roots are very ancient. 

Truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance are the core principles of Falun Gong and are a translation frequently used for the Chinese Zhen, Shan, and Ren, the three central tenets of the practice. 

Also known as Falun Dafa, it is “a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline that is Buddhist in nature. It consists of moral teachings for daily life, a meditation, and four gentle exercises,” the Falun Dafa Information Centre says on its website.

“It is always taught free of charge and is practiced in over 70 countries,” the website says. However, “Today, in Falun Gong’s homeland of China, those who practice are subject to severe human rights violations at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. The scale and scope of abuses taking place make it possibly the largest religious persecution in the world.”

The beauty and uplifting quality of the art belies this persecution in China. Those who view the Exhibition’s seven themes in its various forms around the world are usually deeply moved.

“I felt that lovely sensation. It was sensational, very powerful, coming through the art.” “It’s lovely that you brought this to a lovely little village like this—something of this calibre and standard.”

“Why do they continue to be silenced?” “I haven’t seen art like this for so many years.” “I’ve ever seen something like this.”

“So enlightening! Well done!” “Spiritual. The artwork delivered what it needed to say. Very moving. Beautiful despite the terrible suffering.”

These are a few of the statements written in the The Art of Zhen Shan Ren Comment Book during the exhibition at Alfriston Old Church. 

“This non-conformist Church was constructed by the villagers themselves in 1801 and has an interesting history as an important hub of village life,” said Caroline Adcock, a member of the management committee.

The 14th Century Alfriston Clergy House close by was originally the vicarage. It was the first property brought by the National Trust after it was founded in 1895 with the aim of saving the nation’s heritage and open spaces. 

There will be a promotional presence of Art of Zhen Shan Ren prints and literature at the Parallax Art Fair in Chelsea Town Hall on July 25-27. 

To keep up-to-date for venues booked in the interim go to http://www.zsr-art.org.uk

And for more on Alfriston Old Church try  http://www.alfriston-village.co.uk/oldchapelcentre/index.html

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