Commemoration Puja of Master's Parinirvana

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Since 2004, the 15th day of October has become a significant day for Lamrim students at BW Monastery. It is the day Shifu passed on to Parinirvana.

Many of us may not be familiar with the difficulties Shifu faced when trying to propagate Lamrim. This Puja showcased Shifu's tireless perseverance. No matter how many times he failed, no matter the hardship he faced, he was determined to continue to share the beauty of Lamrim with everyone. Today, because of his compassion, his resilience and tenacity, we are able to learn Lamrim easily in a very comfortable environment.

Although many of us did not have the privilege of meeting Shifu personally, we are all, nevertheless, very much indebted to him. Amongst the many reasons why we should feel grateful to Shifu, there are three main ones:

  1. For bringing Master Tsong-Kha-Pa's teachings "The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment" (Lamrim) to us. We would never have been able to meet it in the Chinese land, if not for Shifu.

  2. For his explanation and discourses on Lamrim. We would not have been able to comprehend what is written in it, if not for Shifu.

  3. For appointing Teacher Zhen-Ru as our spiritual beacon, who not only continues Shifu's dharma teachings and enterprises but is also bringing them to the next height.

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On top of all that he has done for us, Shifu made a promise to all of us, "As long as you do not give up, I'm willing to accompany you to the end of the journey (只要你不放弃, 我愿意陪你走完最后一程) ". Shifu's words deeply touched me.

At the end of the Puja, everyone received a bao (包) and a cup of butter tea (酥油茶). Lecturer Tan informed that it was a treat from Shifu. He went on to explain the significance of the treat, which was a play on the Chinese characters. The 'Bao' to guarantee that you become a Buddha [包(保)你成佛].  And the 'Butter Tea' sent Shifu's wish for all of us to attain Buddhahood speedily [酥酥(速速)成佛]. So when put together, the meaning is, we are guaranteed to attain Buddhahood speedily (保你速速成佛)!! This was the best ending to such an auspicious event.

I am thankful for this commemorative event. I am reminded not to take things for granted, always be grateful, appreciative and to treasure the learning opportunity. Where would I be now without Shifu? If not for Shifu, I would never have met Lamrim. If not for Shifu, I would not be able to attend discussion class, enrichment course and retreat. If not for Shifu, I would not be in a supportive community (师法友). With my most sincere and heartfelt gratitude, thank you Shifu!!

By Katherine Liew (15G023E)