Where the river starts…
Hi! I am Thomas. I was introduced to Lamrim by my brothers. During family gatherings, they share what they have learnt in their class and how it changed their perception. It motivated me and my wife to enrol for a 10-lesson course to understand more about Buddhism.
After the 10 lessons, we continue to enrol for a 1-year Lamrim course to understand more about a step-by-step blueprint towards achieving Buddhahood.
After two and a half years … we are now at Lamrim Vol 1 Chapter 20 – The Origin of Suffering!
My personal takeaways from the lessons…
The lessons that we had attended have learnings which are applicable to our daily lives. Be it on personal level or at work in the corporate world.
We must “open up your body and mind to different perspectives and be more considerate towards others”. Things happen for a reason! They don’t happen without one!
Whatever your intent, always start working from within. Look deeper within oneself.
Learn to “let go”. It’s a challenge to let go of attachments that we have had for so long. We are so used to these attachments in our daily lives / activities. However, as our monitor always advise us, we can always take a small step at a time and evetually one day, we can fully understand what it means to “let go”.
Karma. Getting to know and understand more about what is the game of Karma is about. KARMA has a very complex game plan and yet it can also be very simple. Let’s just start by doing good deeds and we will reap positive effects. Stay away from non-virtue and you are on the right track!
Learning Lamrim is no easy task as it involves applying it into our lives. NO PAIN NO GAIN! It is a worthwhile journey for our infinite lives ahead and the fruit of eternal happiness and wisdom is definitely a worthy prized possession!
I would like to thank our Monitors: Brother Tiong Boon, Brother Samuel and Sister Serena for patiently facilitating the weekly class for the past two and a half years. They gave their best to explain and make concepts easier for the class to understand.
Penned by Thomas
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* This is the ninth 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 sentient beings all be well and happy!
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