八年的旅程

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学习之旅八年久,生辰三月二十九。

香花净水及彩灯,广大供养报师恩。

班长同学齐聚集,法师来临超欢喜。

周一夜晚开心脸,祈祷梦里祝福甜。

今年3月27日,星期一晚上,16增051Y的学青齐聚一堂,庆祝8周年的学习之旅。看似漫长的8年满载着珍贵的佛法;眨眼而过的8年如获至宝。我们这一班成立于2009年3月29日。

首先,我们非常荣幸能够邀请到本思法师与我们同欢庆。法师的开示对年轻一代的我们非常有策励性,他提到:能够在年纪轻轻的时候坚持学法实属难得。因为年轻人生活精彩多,所以不会想要学习佛法。通常只有历经沧桑的中年人才会体会到生活的快乐是如此空虚,而逐渐寻找心灵之家。若不是前世种因坚固与深重,如今怎么能拥有8年不弃师长的这一班?我们这一班不但凝聚力强,坚持不懈的学习精神更佳。希望在未来之际,我们能成为吉祥宝聚寺年轻人中的主杆力,这也是法师对我们的期许,相信也是师长的心愿。

接下来的回顾与分享更是体现了一个班的成长,以及各自的成熟蜕变:

“8年…… 想当年我上小学才六年啊!但是今日的我还是坚持上课,与班同在。” ——李俊毅

“希望我们这一班还会有更多的8年,直到退休,年老还会在一起学习。”—— 林婧煊

“这个班对我而言是精神支柱……” ——江鈺鈴

“我真喜欢这个班,希望以后能继续和你们一起学习。”—— 张韶恒

风吹或雨打,日晒或雨林,是缘分凝聚了我们,历史见证了我们的成长。若没有师长的功德,没有班长的努力,或者没有关怀员及班员不放弃的意志力,齐心努力勇往直前, 会有我们吗?16增051Y班如风一样的存在便是今日的铁证!

虽然我们不是文武双全,但文智双全还算合格,除了向日常师父及老师学习大智慧,我们也勤奋地做多方面的尝试及护持团体的活动,例如唱赞颂、学话剧以及自创歌曲!今天借着本思法师到来的这个机会,我们让编曲已久的赞颂亮相,将《造者殊胜》这首赞颂供养法师!

广论班是我们年轻人的充电器,是学习克服人生困难的保健卡,是我们战胜无惧的勇气棒。“这一群人,不能散。”未来的日子里我们期待与欢迎新朋友的加入。

文/张雁茹、吴奕葿

The Longest Education Journey so Far

29 March 2017 marks the day we turn 8!

Class 16Z051Y which commenced on 29 March 2009, gathered together on 27 March 2017 – our weekly Monday evening class, to celebrate our 8th anniversary of learning together.

We were really honored to have Venerable Bensi to join us in this joyous occasion. In his motivational discourse, Venerable Bensi mentioned that it seldom occurs to most people that one should learn the Dharma at a young age as most of us would only contemplate on the enjoyments of this lifetime. More often than not it is until much later at one’s life does he begin to realise that his life was somewhat empty despite those enjoyments. It gave him nothing more than just a memory as what Master Jih-Chang mentioned in his discourse. 

Venerable Bensi then concluded that we must have planted a really deep seed in our past lives to be able to come together as a class today and persevered through so many years of learning together. Hence, we should continue to strive for and be the core influence to mobilize more generations of youths to be part of BW Monastery.

It was a moment of reminisces and recollections on how we had grown as a class and individually through our 8 years of learning.

“8 years…that is even longer than the education phase, which we had gone through back then as a student — PSLE, and till date I’m still here with the class which is the longest period of time I have been to so far.” said Jun Yi.

Jing Xuan exclaimed “I hope that we have many more 8 years to come and learn together till we are all retired and into old age.”

“This class is like an anchor to me…” said Yu Ling.

Our new classmate Shao Heng said he likes this class and would love to continue learning with us.

All these would not have been possible without the hard work, efforts and dedication of our class monitors, care coordinators as well as the strong bond of Class 16Z051Y!

Besides learning the Wisdom from great teachers, we also get opportunities to volunteer and have fun like singing, drama, composing our own music, serving the community and learning new skills too. Tonight we get the opportunity to present our new song “Praising” to Venerable Bensi.

As youths, we make it a point to attend this class to recharge ourselves, learn ways to overcome challenges in life and be courageous to fight against any difficulty one is facing. The strong bonding is the most important factor to help us develop our mind and change our thoughts. This MIND GYM is the place where we always know where to go for comfort. We hope more friends will join us!

Penned by: Teo Yan Ru and Jennifer Goh