Thumbs up to our Monday Lamrim class S15G027E!
Students in this class probably must have learnt LAMRIM before in their past lives! They are very eager to learn the Buddha’s teaching and they are able to absorb the profound meaning of the LAMRIM very quickly and easily. In addition, they are keen to share their reflections and spontaneously ask many questions to clarify doubts.
In 2015, I was told that I would be facilitating this class for only one year. Joining me were my fellow monitors: Tiong Boon and Serena.
However, after 1 year, all the students decided to continue the learning! Thus, the supposedly 1-year of class facilitation has now became two and a half years. How time flies！
This is the 1st Anniversary of the Lamrim class in Oct 2016: S15B004E to S15G027E!
I travel rather frequently due to my work but I always try my best not to miss the class whenever possible so as to share whatever I have learnt with the class.
Due to my busy work schedule and thus, absence from the class, I wanted to stop facilitating the class on several occasions. However, my wife encouraged me to persevere for this great cause of propagating Dharma.
LAMRIM VOL 1 Chapter 3: How TO LISTEN TO AND EXPLAIN THE TEACHINGS Page 63 Line LL9
It is very beneficial to impart the teachings without concern for worldly things-profit, honour, fame, and the like. For, as the Exhortation to Wholehearted Resolve says:
Maitreya, there are twenty benefits of the generosity with which you give a gift of the teaching without concern for material things, profit, or honour. What are the twenty? They are as follows. You will come to have
(6) supramundane wisdom;
(7) little desire;
(8) little hatred;
(9) little ignorance.
(10) demons will not find an opportunity to harm you;
(11) the Bhagavan Buddhas will think of you as a precious, only child;
(12) non-humans will guard you;
(13) deities will bestow charisma and power on you;
(14) enemies will find no opportunity to harm you;
(15) friends will remain steadfast;
(16) your words will be trusted;
(17) you will attain fearlessness;
(18) you will have abundant happiness;
(19) you will be praised by the wise; and
(20) your gift of the teaching will be worthy of remembrance.
Other reasons for my decision to press on with the Lamrim class was the spirit of camaraderie from my fellow monitors: Tiong Boon and Serena as well as the awesome participants of the S15G027E class.
I too remembered what Master Jih-Chang said in one of his discourses that in whatever we do, try not to stop half way otherwise in our future lives, we will continue the same habit again and again, life after life.
Excerpt translated from 24A 20’59” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse, P266 L7, English Lamrim Vol 1, P99:
“If you have developed this habit from the beginning, what kind of habit is this? A bad habit. If you do not correct this bad habit, even though your motivation is excellent, what you wish for is excellent, there will be no results, this life would be wasted — 【the virtuous practice of your whole lifetime will be flawed. 】 It is all wrong! The text here just tells us about this lifetime, but realistically, there is another life after this, then another life. If you do not correct it here, it will carry on life after life.”
I hope and encourage the participants of this Lamrim class to take up the challenge of becoming class monitors too one day as they are so diligent and in concordance with the teachings.
Through taking up the role of a Lamrim class monitor, I believe that they will benefit people from all walks of lives just as I have too benefited a great deal from facilitating their class. Now, they have become my inspiration to continue learning and practising this Dharma path with such joy and diligence!
Penned by Samuel Ng
* This is the eleventh featured sharing in our launch of a new series: A Practitioner’s Reflection. Tiong Boon is the Monitor of our S15G027E class. He is joined by Sister Serena and Brother Samuel who are our Co-Monitors. The class also has two care co-ordinators who look into the welfare of the students and assist in administrative and logistic matters of the class.
From 2015-2017, we were well-taken care of by care co-ordinators： Jasmine and Angela. In 2018 we continue to have Angela who is joined by Nina as our care co-ordinator. Jasmine currently serves in another volunteer group of BW Monastery. Rejoice!
Starting from 4 June 2018, every Monday morning, we plan to publish a sharing by one of our S15G027E class member.
This series was inspired by our sharing done during our Lamrim Discussion Class when a new student came to join us on 21 May 2018. Often people wonder, what makes people put aside precious time once a week amidst all the busy schedule and commitments to attend the class. Where’s the “magic”, ‘why”, “benefit” or “output”? Let’s hear from the different individuals from all walks of life, sharing their take on this.
In conjunction with 2018 Master’s Remembrance Day, this is also our way to thank our lineage masters for their wisdom and compassion by reflecting on the merits of the teachings and turning the Dharma Wheel by sharing how Dharma has made us a better person.
We hope that more will be inspired to learn the way of the Buddha and practice it in their daily lives.
GRATITUDE TO THE TRIPLE GEMS AND OUR LINEAGE MASTERS!
MAY THE LIVES OF THE VENERABLE SPIRITUAL MASTERS BE STABLE,
AND THEIR WHITE DIVINE ACTIONS SPREAD IN THE TEN DIRECTIONS, MAY THE LIGHT OF LOBSANG’S TEACHINGS,
DISPELLING THE DARKNESS OF THE BEINGS IN THE HTREE WORLDS ALWAYS STAY!
MAY THESE PROFOUND MERITS AND VIRTUES BE DEDICATED TO OUR LINEAGE MASTERS AND TEACHERS TO HAVE GOOD HEALTH AND TURN THE DHARMA WHEEL INFINITELY!
May sentient beings all be well and happy!
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