On 14 June, 4 of us represented SPBS in the annual Awaken Challenge which was held at Poh Ming Tse Temple. This competition saw 9 youth Buddhist societies coming together to test each society's knowledge on Buddhism. Although SPBS did not make it to the quarter finals, we put up a strong fight in the preliminary round but eventually lost by 1 point to NYPBS. Nevertheless, I am really thankful for the opportunity to take part in this competition and the experience gained.
This competition actually motivated me to learn more about the life of Buddha and his teachings and while reading through the texts provided for our competition preparation, many at times I felt goosebumps popping out and I was overwhelmed by these feelings of loyalty, faith and respect to the religion. During lunch, we had the opportunity to interact with other youths from societies such as NUSBS, NTUBS and Buddhist Fellowship Youth. The 1 hour spent mingling and interacting was really meaningful for while we chatted a little, we also discussed a lot on Buddhism. It was really heartening to know that there were actually many youths out there in Singapore who are so devoted to Buddhism. Even though the competition is over, I am now more interested to read up more on Dharma texts and make a better effort to apply Buddha's teachings in my daily life.
|The Fantastic 4 for the day|
|With Venerable Fa Xun|