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Nan Hua (which means ‘Southern Splendour’) is a Chinese Buddhist cultural and educational complex in Cultura Park, a suburb of Bronkhorstspruit. The largest Buddhist seminary in the southern hemisphere, it is the spiritual home in Africa of the Fo Guang Shan (‘Buddha's Light Mountain’) - a Taiwanese Humanistic Buddhist order.
The Nan Hua complex includes the African Buddhist Seminary (ABS), Nan Hua Village, a guest house and the Pureland Ch'an retreat.
Visitors of all faiths are welcome at Nan Hua. The main shrine - with its African carvings, glowing interior and three huge golden Buddhas - is worth the trip alone. On Sundays a vegetarian lunch is served; otherwise there is a coffee shop. The complex also has a curio shop.
Nan Hua is a popular meditation centre offering weekend and three- and seven-day meditation retreats. Physically and mentally taxing, they’re not to be undertaken lightly. Nan Hua hosts regular events to celebrate Buddhist and Chinese religious and national festivals. Thousands join in the annual fun and festivities to celebrate the Chinese New Year.