Auspicious Light Festival Day 2 吉祥灯会 照耀智慧
Ceremony of Lights For Working Adults
The Ceremony of Lights started with Venerable Ben Si sharing that Buddha represents Compassion and Wisdom, in which he is accompanied by the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara who embodies Compassion and Manjushri who is the Bodhisattva of Wisdom.
Venerable then shared a story of how Buddha’s disciples tried to propogate the Buddha’s teachings in a kingdom using different approaches and failed. Only with Manjushri’s wisdom, the kingdom finally accepted Buddha’s teachings. With wisdom, one can overcome the challenges faced at work and in any situations.
Sylvia from the BWM Youth wing also shared the challenges that she faced at work with difficult customers and the realization that her reaction to circumstances is no different from the clients’ reaction. She further shared how by applying the Bodhisattva’s virtue of removing others’ suffering and her prayers to the Buddha has helped her to respond better to difficult circumstances.
Thereafter, both Abbot Jing Yuan & Venerable Ru Chen blessed the attendees while they chant the Bodhisattva Manjushri’s mantra Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih. The attendees then made light offerings and sang praises to the Buddha. The ceremony ended with the attendees offering the lights to the Buddha and Bodhisattvas with Abbot Jing Yuan giving everyone an auspicious gift.