A journey of Song with the Youth and a CARING Community in the Making

One day, manager Lin Hui Ling spoke to me during my volunteering for BWM Buddhist banners, asking me to join in a poetry recital at the upcoming event to launch the new BWM Care Department. However, it is not my strength and thus, I offered to sing an Insightful Praise instead. To my surprise, Manager Lin readily agreed to my counter proposal.

That started my musical journey representing the BWM Buddhist Banners Team. I have been volunteering in this team with my aunt Choy Leng, helping with the beading of accessories for the banners. All thanks to the ability of the group leaders to discover our potential and deploy us to an area which develops our strength.

In our BWM community, not only do we aspire to discover the beauty and observe the merits of others, we never have to walk alone. I was connected with Brother Choon Tee who is very supportive of having his two children, Zien Xu and Yien Ning, to play the violin and piano for our performance.

As it was the seasons of exams in May for the young musicians, I am grateful that we still managed to have 4 rehearsals prior to our performance. With the musicians’ active involvement in BWM youth band, “THE ODDS”, they juggled both commitments to their best ability while managing school work.

REJOICE TO THEIR COMMITMENT AND RESILIENCE!

 从左到右:洪见旭(小提琴乐手)、李宗矜(演唱者)、洪嫣嬣(电子钢琴乐手)、两位乐手的父母亲(广论学员)

从左到右:洪见旭(小提琴乐手)、李宗矜(演唱者)、洪嫣嬣(电子钢琴乐手)、两位乐手的父母亲(广论学员)

The Insightful Praise we performed was “The Purple Gillyflower” composed by Teacher in expression of the LAMRIM – “Relying on the Teacher”.

Written by: Irene Lee


与年轻乐手合作的音乐之旅

有一天在当幢幡组义工的时候,我遇见关怀部的经理林惠玲,她问我是否有意愿在“关怀处处传温情”与幢幡组员表演诗歌朗诵。

身为英校生的我很老实地跟她说这不是我的强项,建议以唱赞颂来代表幢幡组。没想到林经理居然一口就答应了!

我一直很热爱唱歌,怎么会加入幢幡组当义工?记得去年靠近忆师恩法会,我收到一则信息,得知幢幡组紧急需要义工。虽然我不会缝纫,更别提车衣,可是一心只想看看有什么地方可以帮得上忙,所以接受彩宁阿姨的邀约一同过去造一份共业。感谢林经理和所有组长拥有发现美的眼睛,让我们能够找到穿珠的好差事来集聚资粮,进而牵引这次演出的机会,真没想到因缘如此奇妙!

感恩师父让我们在团体里学到“观功念恩”的法门,善友们各个发挥待人着想及互相帮忙的美德。这次多亏李荣栋师兄为我搭上与洪俊智师兄接洽的桥梁,成功邀请他的两位孩子洪见旭和洪嫣嬣与我同台表演,以小提琴及电子钢琴为赞颂伴奏。

适逢5月是学校考试期间,在备考之余年轻乐手们还是尽量腾出时间出席四次的彩排。除了要兼顾学业,他们也是吉祥宝聚寺 "THE ODDS" 乐团的成员,生活非常充实,可是无论是练习、拍摄宣传照等他们都尽量一一配合,非常随喜他们坚定的发心与勇悍的付出!

感恩师父与老师成立这个大家庭,让我们一同在菩提道上学习。当天我们是以老师词曲的赞颂《紫罗兰》演出。这首赞颂的内涵与《广论》中"亲近善知识规理“相呼应着,充分体现了佛法的殊胜。

李宗矜笔