Class partakes in the final assembly of the Buddha figures to accumulate the most extensive merit
On 22nd April 2017, our class 14广006C gathered at our classmate, Mr Steven Teo’s office to participate in vast offering, assembly of Buddha figures, and the convocation for our completion of the path of small capacity. Earlier this year, Venerable Jing Yuan, has accepted Steven’s kind offer to make 22 Buddha figures for the 2017 Auspicious Vesak day. After manufacturing the different components of the Buddha artefacts, Steven has generously arranged for our class to partake in the final assembly of the Buddha figures so that we can all benefit from this sublimely merit deed.
The joyous and auspicious event kicked off with a sumptuous lunch of vegetarian delights. Everyone was feeling extremely grateful and fortuitous to participate in this special occasion, for the joy was truly triple fold and the merits immeasurable. After lunch, it was time to start working. Steven and his assistants explained the procedure for the Buddha assembly and the class was subsequently split into two working groups. By the grace of Buddha and Master Jih-Chang, we managed not only to complete the Buddha artefacts in time but also had time to construct an additional number of poster frames.
After the Buddha assembly session, our class adjourned to the lounge where we began our praying session. We recited the various mantras, the 35 Buddha’s’ repentance, and other prayers. Then we had a sharing session of the work that we did today. The Buddha assembly session has brought a tremendous sense of camaraderie and we are very grateful to our classmate Steven for this rare opportunity. Notably, monitor Koh Lee Hoon, pointed out many instances in the Lamrim that state the merits of Buddha construction; the CEO of BW Monastery, Dr Oh Kheng Hoe, recounted a story of a young monk who had his longevity extended through his virtuous merit of redrawing the Buddha figure in a decrepit temple.
For our convocation for the completion of the path of small capacity, we invited the honorary chairman of BW Monastary, Mr Tan Tong Eng, to present to us our certificates. Even though we have only completed 1/3 of the Lamrim, it is still a very significant milestone for the class, and we took the opportunity to congratulate one another and be thankful for all the blessings we have received from Buddha. May we always be guided under the direction of our dearest Master Jih-Chang, Teacher, and the Triple Gems till we attain Buddhahood. The memory of this wonderful day will forever be etched in our heart.