A Conversation with Sister Peifen
How long have you studied the Lamrim?
How have the Lamrim lessons helped you over the years to tie over difficult times?
With what I have learnt during the Lamrim lessons and Master Jih-Chang’s recorded discourses, I am better at thinking of ways to ease my emotions during times when I am down. Shifu’s explanation of the Lamrim was done in simpler terms and with practical examples which are relatable to our everyday life. Contemplating what we learnt has also become a skill which I could apply in my decision making processes as I try to look at different perspectives and get a clearer picture before carrying out my actions. Essence is the OMAK (OBSERVE MERIT APPRECIATE KINDNESS) philosophy.
Why do you attend the additional Monday Bilingual Lamrim lessons for almost a year till June 2017 when you have the Chinese Lamrim class you that are taking?
I wanted to improve my English and interact with more people who are virtuous. Indeed, now I have more virtuous friends.
Would you encourage young working adults like yourself to take Lamrim classes?
YES! If I have young friends, I would most probably bring them to some of our youth events that our BW Monastery organises and introduce the Lamrim lessons to them at a time suitable for my friends.
Penned by Chua Peifen
* This is the 13th 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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