Venerable Jing Yuan Discourse: The Lamrim Book
In 1990, the day after I got to the Buddhism Institute in Taiwan, a venerable led me to meet Venerable Jing Tong, who was overseeing the area of learning & development. Venerable Jing Tong compassionately gave an excellent opening teaching and encouragement, and asked a venerable to bring me to the classroom, where it was arranged for me to take one of the seats at the back row. The venerable gave me a brand new “Lamrim Chenmo” book and several boxes containing the tapes of Shifu’s discourses.
At that time, Venerable Jing Tong, who looked dignified and was holding a Lamrim text book, came to me and very cautiously told me, “A few young people came here in the past, and left after learning the Lamrim for a few months. They did not bring the Lamrim with them, but yet caused damages to the good book. You shall use this old book first. After being certain in wanting to stay on and learn, I will change a new book for you. ”
I flipped open the Lamrim text, and saw that not only were there many thick and thin lines drawn in between the sentences, there were many words densely written in it in black or blue ink.
I felt difficult to accept it in my heart, “Given such a book, how do I learn ?” Subsequently, I shifted perspective and thought, “Given that I am born in faraway Singapore, will I have more blessings than those youngsters? To seek the Dharma, no matter how hard it is, I shall persist. Moreover, there is the book, and Shifu’s teachings, I must persist and be diligent to learn, not to ruin the precious teachings.”
This Lamrim text that Venerable Jing Tong gave me, I viewed it as the most valuable treasure, bringing it with me wherever I went throughout twenty-five summers and winters. Whenever I flipped open the Lamrim, seeing the lines and blue, black words in the pages, I would recall Venerable Jing Tong’s words.
I am deeply thankful to Venerable Jing Tong, he had spurred me with unforgettable, timeless encouragement.
By Venerable Jing Yuan