“Dialectic Studies” is the first key to unlock the treasures of the 5 Great Treatise.
The current 84 students, bearing the unparalleled gift from Master Jih-Chang, Teacher Zhen-Ru and Venerable Jing Yuan, are filled with wholehearted joy and gratitude. After completing the two modules of the Lay Practitioners Dharma Institute Course, they are now courageously forging ahead with the 3rd module – “Intermediate Principles” and “Advance Principles” of the Dialectic Studies.
Venerable Jing Yuan specially conveyed his concern from afar and also gave a warm-hearted exhortation. Like a compassionate father, Venerable is aware that, during the learning journey, we may encounter some mental and physical discomfort, obstructions or unable to understand [the teachings]. Like a father’s love for a beloved son, he taught us that, when such adversities arise, we should first remember to supplicate and should quickly do these 2 things: (1) confession (to purify obscuration) (2) Offering (to accumulate merits). Venerable even personally demonstrated on how we should instantly accord our mind to the teachings, and do recitation! It is indeed very fortunate to receive such care and blessing from Venerable! Therefore, we should strive harder in our learning, so as not to let down our Teachers’ deep kindness!