(1) 净慈 2014-10-23 16:22

Greetings to all senior Dharma followers! After I woke up this morning, I got a toothache. The pain got more severe when I started performing daily recitations of scriptures. Later that day, I noticed that on the altar, there was some incense ash from the incense I burnt in the morning. As a result, the altar did not look very tidy. This prompted me to tidy up the altar and after that, my toothache slowly became less painful and it eventually went away. I felt happier as I continued my scripture recitations. As Buddhists, we should tidy our altar regularly to keep it neat and clean as this shows our respect and sincerity. Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva, to all Buddhas of the Three Ages and Ten Directions, to Master Lu and to the Dharma Defenders!

(2) 忏悔感恩 2014-10-23 14:08

Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva, to the merciful Master Lu, to all the senior Dharma followers at the secretariat of the Guan Yin Tang, and to all the senior Dharma followers who have shared their inspirational stories!

What I would like to address to all senior Dharma followers is that, there are no excuses to not cherish the predetermined affinity between Buddhism and us, and to not recite scriptures and Little Houses with diligence, simply because we are young. I am going to use myself as an example here. In the past few months, I have fallen behind in my practice. I only performed daily recitation of scriptures out of obligation and sometimes I used being too busy at work as an excuse to not finish the number of recitations that I had vowed to make. I did not keep up with my practice. As a result, my karmic debts accumulated and were activated. One day, I suddenly felt pain near my waist and caught a cold. When I went to bed the night before, there were no symptoms evident.

Please stick with our practice and be grateful for becoming familiar with Buddhism. We can examine how well we practice by watching other Dharma followers. It is not too late to correct our behaviour because the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva will not give up on any of us. From now on, we should repay our karmic debts by reciting scriptures and by practicing diligently. We should have the courage to face and to repent what we have done wrong in the past, and have the determination to practice with great perseverance in the future.