具慧性服二法师,莅新宣讲师教诫

做个和平大使 勇于道歉

11月14日晚上七点十五分,具慧法师与性服法师连袂莅临吉祥宝聚寺的芽茏中心,带来了上师的教诫“做个和平大使,勇于道歉”,鼓励大家在斗诤发生之际检视自心,平和争端,共同为团体、家人、工作单位的和合而努力,共创团队的进步与和谐。

具慧法师将上师一小时二十分钟的开示,区分成四段,聆听完一段后,法师交互为我们收摄其內容,扼要地摘示重点,帮助我们消化上师那“看似简明却蕴意深远”的开示,让无明我等看见了个人在面对争端时,以邪见立宗纵容恶业的增广,错误地守护着那无法増长个人来生道业资粮的“面子”,错过了向人道歉令对方惊喜以长养慈悲之心的大好机会。

上师以亲切而温柔的语调,探问大家“和合是谁的责任”,激发闻法者思惟,然后循序渐进地引导我们铭记师父日常老和尚的遗言“这群人不能散”的宗旨,认清“不能散”的“因”是为了闻思修宗喀巴大师清净圆满的教法,因此遇到境界时要调伏自心,把解决争端视为己任,犯错者除了拜忏外,更应该承借佛力走到对方面前去道歉,成为和平大使!

上师睿智的开示,歼灭我们“促进团体和合是接班人的责任”之邪宗,心服口服地改立“我要做个和平大使,为团体的和合与进步勇于道歉”为自宗。愿我等能努力净除往昔恶业习气,遵循上师教诫之引导来修改自己,速疾成为一个个心灵美丽的和平大使!

法师在新期间,还会对学员或全职人员进行开示或关怀,希望大家善加把握亲近师长学习的良机。


Explanation by Venerables Ju Hui and Xing Fu of Teacher’s teachings

Be an Ambassador of Peace, Have the Courage to Apologise

On 14 November 2015 at 7.15pm, Venerable Ju Hui and Venerable Xing Fu visited BW Monastery’s Geylang Centre and brought with them the teachings on the topic “Be an Ambassador of Peace, Have the Courage to Apologise”.   They encouraged everyone whenever we are in a conflict, to examine our own thoughts, settle any disputes peacefully and together work hard to maintain the progress and harmony for our organization, family and work place.

Venerable Ju Hui divided Teacher’s one hour and twenty minutes teachings into 4 sections.  After listening respectfully to each section, both Venerables summarised the content for us by succinctly pointing out the key points, helping us to digest our Teacher’s “seemingly simple yet profound” teachings.  This enabled us, who were ignorant, to recognise how when we faced conflicts, our wrong views would arise to augment our bad karma by erroneously protecting “our face”, which would not be able to help increase the merits that could benefit our future lives.  When we fail to apologise, we lose the opportunity topleasantly surprise the other party with our apologies, and in that way to cultivate compassion.

In her kind and gentle tone, Teacher asked everyone, “whose responsibility is it to maintain harmony?”  This stirred the listeners to deliberate further. Thereafter, she guided us methodically to always remember the purpose of our Master Jih-Chang’slast words“this group of people must not disperse”, and clearly recognise that the “cause” (i.e. “must not disperse”) is to enable us to listen, reflect and practise Master Tsong-kha-pa’spure and complete teachings. Hence, whenever we encounter obstacles, we should tame our mind and take responsibility to resolve the conflicts.  In addition to repentance, the party who has done wrong should also seek strength from the Buddha and approach the other person to apologise; thereby becoming an ambassador of peace!

Teacher’s wise and farsighted teachings helped to annihilate our wrong belief that “promoting harmony within the organisation is the responsibility of our Master’s successor” and convincingly changed our personal views to “I want to be an ambassador of peace, to have the courage to apologise in order to maintain harmony and progress for the organization”.  May we all strive to purify the habits of our past negative karma, follow Teacher’s teachings to guide us in our efforts to correct our actions and swiftly become an ambassador of peace with a beautiful mind!

While in Singapore, the Venerables would also be conducting teachings and showing care to students or full time staff.  We hope that everyone would grasp this good opportunity to learn and be close to our teachers.