开春致辞 Message to mark the beginning of Spring
Dear fellow Lamrim students,
For people in Singapore and Malaysia, the fourth day of Lunar New Year has always been the auspicious day to start work in the brand new year. Most folks of the older generations would start work on this day, businessmen would also open their shops or offices in the morning for a while to signify the start of business, and to seek an auspicious sign for starting work in the New Year. The fourth day of this Lunar New Year happened to coincide with Sunday, and all of us get to have an extra day off.
Is everyone having a joyous Lunar New Year? For our organization, this will also be a propitious and wonderful year, one with abundant bliss and wisdom.
Firstly, after much preparation, our Sangha’s Facebook website has been launched, and from now on, all students can learn about the progress of our Sangha community from this website.
In April, the ground breaking ceremony will be held for BW Monastery, which is also a significant milestone in the establishment of the Dharma in Singapore. The BW Monastery building is the result of the efforts of all Lamrim students, friends and family members from Singapore, and is of strategic importance for Dharma propagation.
Lamrim classes are the core to grow our organization, thus this year we hope to start the class to upgrade the many class monitors. Basing on the foundation we have built over the years, we can also foresee successful developments from Bliss-Do, Blossom Seeds, Yes Natural, etc.
This year, there will definitely be closer collaboration and fresh new developments from the youth classes of the Youth Dharma Propagation Division, BWS, as well as other groups. Our China Town and Clementi branches will also put on a more sophisticated new look, and the recently formed Northern branch will shoulder the important responsibility of supporting the BW Monastery.
Other than the above, our Insightful Praise choir is honored to perform in the upcoming SG50 celebration concert. I also especially hope that Yazers will continuously scale new heights. I also supplicate for Blue Sky Delight to grow its operations smoothly.
This year, in our Lamrim study journey, please continue to rely on Shifu, Shangshi, the Sangha community and virtuous friends with unwavering faith to continue learning and developing ourselves, all the way to Buddhahood.
净远法师 Venerable Jing Yuan