With thanks to our Abbot Venerable Jing Yuan, we had a wonderful sharing session last night during our Monday Lamrim class with two of our BW Monastery’s very experienced lecturers!
Lecturer Koh Lee Yong and Lecturer – Dr Ng Choon Lan shared their personal endeavours on their Bodhi path with the beginning of encountering Lamrim and Master Jih-Chang. This started a good 18 and 14 years ago for them respectively.
It is often good to hear the experiences of fellow practitioners… how and why they have come so far. We are only 4 years old… In the toddlers’ stage, only entering the nursery category!
We asked several questions. Here are some of them:
1. How do the lecturers find balance between family, work, buddhist studies and volunteering?
2. How has learning the Lamrim changed their thinking and their way of life?
3. Can learning Buddhism be made easier for the modern people of today?
4. Are there conflicts arising between their professional and spiritual pursuits?
5. How to not to fall into the trap of “the fear of missing out”? Are we able to feel more secure of our life choices on this bodhi path?
6. What life issues trouble our lecturers deeply and make them lose sleep at night?
7. What do they consider to be a pity in life?
8. What would a practitioner of more than 40 years look like?
9. What can we expect on our progressive learning of the Lamrim as we proceed onto the 2nd, 3rd or even 4th “cycle” of study?
Thank you, Lecturers for your earnest sharing so that we can better visualise the learning journey ahead as practitioners of Buddhism.
We thanked them with the presentation of two sets of bookmarks which OMAK students as well as teachers in our lives!
Penned by: Irene Lee
Poh Jee, Carol and Irene