"The survival of Buddhism and the survival of the Dhamma are two different things. The success of a Buddhist organization should never be measured in conventional commercial terms but by how well it embodies the Buddha's teachings."
19 June 2015
16Th June, a few SPBS members and NYPBS members went for a temple
tour at Kong Meng San Phor
Kark See Monastery together. A kind tour guide took us around the
temple, explaining about the different buildings along the way. We were also
given a trail guide book that explains a lot about the different infrastructures
built. It was an eye opening experience as we were able to learn about the
history of the monastery and even have the chance to visit the Venerable Hong
Choon Memorial Museum which is not easily accessible to the public. I find the Pagoda
of 10,000 Buddhas to be intersting. The pagoda houses a large Medicine Buddha
on the second level, and 9,999 small Buddha images on the inner circumference
of the building’s main stupa.
the tour, we had lunch at the canteen and chit chat with the NYBS members. We
had a bonding session together, letting everyone know more about ourselves. We
also did some voluntary work by helping out the aunties at the recycling
station in the monastery. We also get to choose some things that we want among
the recycled stuffs. From there, we learnt that we should buy what we need and
not what we want. It was a fun and rewarding experience.
Frisbee from the recycling station
around 4pm, we left the monastery and travelled to Karma Kagyud Buddhist
Centre. This centre was introduced by one of our member, Tania. It was an
honour to be able to meet Shangpa Rinpoche. Shangpa Rinpoche is said to be the
reincarnation of the First Shangpa Rinpoche. Through the interaction with him,
I felt that he is kind and compassionate. He will patiently answer the
questions posted to him. We even managed to invite him to our school to conduct
a dharma talk with us. Entering the praying room, colourful and beautiful
carpets were laid on the floor, many statues, offerings, paintings and pictures
were placed at the altar. Although it is a small room, it can accommodate a lot
of people during events. It was fascinating to see the beautifully sculptured
and decorated offerings made of margarine and dough.
With Shangpa Rinpoche
the meeting with Shangpa Rinpoche, we went to Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre to attend
a talk on how Buddhist leadership change lives at the global level through
integrated humanitarian work by Dr Ariyarante, a Ghandi Peace Prize Holder. He
was born in a Buddhist family. He founded the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, a
bottom-up development process to empower communities based on the Buddha’s
Teachings for sustainable development and peace in Sri Lanka in 1958.
asked what is his mental posture when he speaks to 600 corporate and successful
people at Wisdom 2.0 Asia, Dr Ari: I radiate loving-kindness to them. Do not
underestimate the power of the mind, and compassionate action.
his talk, I felt that he is a person with compassion and wisdom. The short
meditation was refreshing. From him, I learnt that we should wish everyone to
be well and happy, no matter who they are.
it was tiring to go out for the whole day, from morning till night, it was
still a fun and fulfilling experience for me. I gained a lot of knowledge and even
be exposed to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.