Chairman of 2017 Auspicious Vesak event, Mr Ong Kim Chuan, respectfully shared BWM Abbot Venerable Jing Yuan's note to thank all volunteers!
Dear 2017 Auspicious Vesak event volunteers:
Thank you for putting in your hearts and efforts for organizing the enormous Auspicious Vesak event so successfully!
I was also very concerned about the carnival on 6 and 7 May; regular reports were received from venerables, secretaries, as well as reports on BWM website. Personally, I am very happy and satisfied. Are you similarly satisfied?
After the event, in addition to reviewing for improvements, it is also important to have mutual understanding with, and OMAK (observe merits and appreciate kindness) each other.
Everyone's motivation is to establish and propagate the Dharma, and to benefit all sentient beings. None of us did it to seek personal gain. Although in the process of undertaking, arising of afflictions was inevitable, but the motivation is for our future lives, for others, for the Dharma. This point, we must affirm repeatedly.
In the process, we might accidentally offended others, we certainly want to express repentance. If we were being offended, do not take it to heart, because you did not do this to be respected. You came to clear your obstacles, accumulate merits and be of service to all sentient beings, aspiring to become the Buddha. Also, the others were not deliberately trying to make things difficult for you. Even if it was done on purpose, if you have taken it as the best opportunity to practice and apply the Dharma, then you have succeeded! If he was wrong, he would reflect too. When he sees his problem and strive to improve the next time, isn’t it also a success for him?
Dharma propagation depends on collective efforts. This group of people, everyone, who had made the aspiration to contribute to the Teachings, is very distinguished. Now that we have encountered one another, we must see one another's special strengths and qualities. Do not look towards the faults and imperfections. This is the greatest loss to ourselves. Although it might appear that his actions and speech were unwholesome, how did you know what his thoughts were? We should always uphold respect for others!
This event was the largest one we have done by far, and also activated the most number of volunteers. We can imagine the pressure that was undertaken. We really want to rejoice with the progress of the organization! So many booths, so many exhibitions, so much work to coordinate, so many preparations. The wrap-up post event was no mean feat too. Everyone was very busy on the actual days itself ...all this is the purification practice. This event received more than 30,000 people, who will learn the Dharma and attain Buddhahood because of us. Just think about it! Isn’t it a wonderfully happy thing? Many eons ago, did we not similarly participated in such events and benefited from it?
Once again, thank you everyone! Sincerely wishing you all the best!
With palms folded,