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On the morning of 15th September 2018 (Saturday), I attended the Dharma Enrichment Workshop (DEW) with the students of Lamrim Discussion Class: S15G027E which I facilitate on every Monday night. This edition of DEW was a discussion-based seminar with good interaction amongst learners and speakers. I was extremely pleased to know that many from the class including our care co-ordinators were present.

Venerable Bensi set the opening stage with the Lotus Sutra and its relevance to our practice in this life and our future lives. The workshop incorporated many opportunities for the learners to contemplate on this significance.

What impressed me the most is seeing the senior lecturers who are usually comfortable in speaking Mandarin breaking their inertia to do their sharing in English. Lecturers Mr Boon Chuan Bok & Mrs Boon Gek Khim spoke joyfully and passionately about their golden memories of their first as well as subsequent encounters with Master Jih-Chang. Both Mr and Mrs Boon were poised and confident during their delivery.

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Lecturer Tan Tong Eng shared with his usual sense of humour and sincerity on the challenges faced by BW Monastery in acquiring classrooms for the organisation and the monastery’s journey of bidding government land for our current monastery. Following that, Lecturer Soen delivered her sharing with much grace and fluency on her endeavours to propagate Dharma in our neighbouring country.

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Division Head, Brother Ng Keng Huat made his foremost delivery in English on how he participated in the nurturing of Lamrim students who were preparing for overseas Dharma seeking trips. Finally, our Chief Operation Officer, Brother Lim Jue Meng shared about BW Monastery’s journey from its early days of establishment. Their deliveries were both confident and composed.

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I rejoice all who attended DEW and supplicate that it will inspire our class to learn well and ignite their spiritual aspirations to propagate the Buddha’s teachings to benefit more people!

 

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Penned by TIONG BOON

Below is a slideshow of our weekly Monday sharing of “A Practitioner’s Reflection” series – our 2018 Class Gratitude Project for Master’s Remembrance Day:

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* This is the 16th 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!

Click here for reflections in the series:

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #1 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY TIONG BOON

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #2 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY YAOHUA

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #3 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY SERENA

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #4 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY AUDREY

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #5 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY KAREN

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #6 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY ANGELA

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #7 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY POH JEE

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #8 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY SOCK CHOO

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #9 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY THOMAS

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #10 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY JASMINE

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #11 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY SAMUEL

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #12 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY NANCY

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #13 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY PEIFEN

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #14 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY IRENE

A PRACTITIONER’S REFLECTION #15 @BW MONASTERY S15G027E BY YAO HUA