On Sunday, my spiritual banquet at BW Monastery started with us opening our hearts and minds with a song of praise to our Lord Buddha.
Listening to the Mandarin insightful praise, 相莊嚴尊身 while watching Buddha’s image is a very peaceful experience. Venerable ZuGuang shared that whenever we see the Buddha’s image, we should visualise that the Buddha is present with us. Try it!
We too chanted the meritorious Heart Sutra, which is the essence of Prajna Paramita Sutra symbolising wisdom.
A delightful course in the weekly spiritual banquet is the Lecturer’s sharing. This week, Lecturer Low Gek Khim shared about the power of repentance for the Mandarin session.
With a sincere heart, she repaired an estranged relationship between a co-worker and herself and brought happiness back into her daily life after the cleansing of her soul with repentance, letting go of unhappiness as well as taking initiative with a compassionate heart.
Venerable ZuGuang further explained after Lecturer Low’s sharing that we are all creatures of habit. We are often dragged by our emotions and our ego. If we do not break this habit, we are allowing ourselves to replay scenes of non-virtue and unhappiness over and over again in our infinite life movie of cyclic existence.
Simply put, we have to stop our non-virtuous habits and programme ourselves to do more virtuous deeds as shared by Lecturer Low. By doing so, we will move further away from suffering and head closer towards ultimate happiness.
Sunday mornings is when I recharge and plant virtuous seeds by having a spiritual banquet at BW Monastery. Venerable ZuGuang also shared that we must remember that our greatest enemy is not other people but cyclic existence.
This Sunday spiritual banquet of one hour is indeed concise but impactful!
As part of both the English and Mandarin Auspicious Puja Choir, I offered my sincere praise to the Triple Gems as well as lights to light up the pathway of all on their journey to Buddhahood. I supplicated for wisdom and compassion so as to achieve ultimate happiness and bring more sentient beings towards nirvana.
After the Mandarin Auspicious Puja from 8-9am, I spoke casually to a devotee who attended the session. She likes the Puja and I tried to encourage her to stay for the English session from 9.30-10.30am. She said that language is a barrier but she will continue to come for the Mandarin sessions. At this point, I am grateful that the monastery has both English and Mandarin pujas which cater to the needs of different devotees! Rejoice to the monastery, our Sangha and all volunteers.
For the past few weeks, Venerable Bensi has been sharing about OMAK (Observe Merits and Appreciate Kindness) during the English sessions. It is a great strategy to help us in situations where we often become emotionally charged negatively rather than putting ourselves in others shoes.
In the Lecturer’s sharing by Mr Lim Tiong Boon, our Buddhist class monitor of S15G027E, he spoke of his family’s little renovation tussle with the contractor which was resolved through the use of kind words bridging communication gaps and lots of OMAK!
Applying what he has learnt, Mr Lim experience once again the beauty of Buddha’s wisdom and ageless practical advice! A testimony of OMAK – POSITIVE CONDITIONING!
Both Venerables shared about the upcoming activities which BW Monastery will be having in the upcoming period. Here’s sharing them with you.
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Come and enjoy this weekly Sunday Banquet at BW Monastery!
Past sharing on Auspicious Puja: