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“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”- Buddha

Community access presents many opportunities to explore the local community and learn about different, places, people and cultures.

Staff and clients of Afford’s Beenleigh Day Program took advantage of the pleasant weather to learn more about Buddhist culture on a visit to the Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple in Priestdale, Queensland.

Walking around the grounds of this spiritual temple, clients felt calm and tranquil.

They looked around the impressive Bodhisattva Hall and thought about the ways that the displays on the altar represent the Buddhist way of giving and sharing.

Supported by lifestyle assistants, clients enjoyed walking around the traditional Chinese gardens that surround the temple. The sculptured plants were amazing and the landscape so serene. In the gardens, the group saw the Bodhi tree, which is symbolic of the place where Buddha found enlightenment.

There were various statues around the ground and lovely architecture to appreciate.

Clients across Afford Day Programs are supported to explore more of the world around them. Through community access, individuals get to engage with the wider community and get involved in activities that suit their interests.

Find out more about how Afford can help you get involved in local community events or attend places around your area to enjoy social interaction and broaden your life experience.