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慶祝佛光山50周年菲佛光會辦《貧僧有話有說》讀書論壇

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慶祝佛光山50周年菲佛光會辦《貧僧有話有說》讀書論壇

Hear Me Out: Messages from a Humble Monk Reading Forum Initiation

為慶祝佛光山開山50周年,星雲大師在台灣弘法60周年,以及大師90歲華誕,國際佛光會菲律賓協會特別在2016年舉辦10場《貧僧有話要說》讀書論壇。3月20日,第一場論壇假萬年寺般若講堂舉行,主題是《貧僧有話要說》第二十七說「可」與「不可」,由馬尼拉第三分會承辦。邀請萬年寺監院永寧法師為論壇主持人,由四位與談人國際佛光會菲律賓協會會長李雄才、國際佛光會菲律賓協會理事葉錦櫻、馬尼拉第三分會會長杜純以及會員謝易霖分享他們的讀書心得, 氣氛輕鬆愉快,約 60 餘人參與。

李雄才以《佛陀傳》的成功故事為例,介紹在天主教國家弘揚佛法的艱難以及佛光人不畏艱辛,以符合當地習俗的善巧方便的形式讓佛法在菲律賓紮根。把別人認為「不可」的事變成了「可」。《佛陀傳》現在在全世界已經公演60多場,名揚四海,成為弘揚佛法的利器。而 《佛陀傳》的演員們也在演出的過程中受到了佛法的熏習。

葉錦櫻則以她在萬年寺熱情接待一位不速之客的故事,詮釋了說「可」的人必定會有人緣的道理。由於對對方提出的參觀要求說「可」,並親自帶領參觀者至各樓層參觀介紹,熱忱親切的服務態度,促成了她決定在萬年寺舉辦佛化婚禮,並接引他們夫婦走上學佛的道路,彼此之間也建立了深厚的友誼。

杜純講述了自己從無神論者成長為佛光會分會會長的心路歷程以及他所經歷過的幾次「可」與「不可」的選擇。因為他具有說「可」的性格,所以才和萬年寺的法師以及佛光會結了緣。也因為他對佛法沒有說「不可」,才使得他一步一步地受到佛法的熏習,最終成為正信的佛弟子。

謝易霖以自己和家人如何接受三皈五戒的曲折經歷,論述了大師說的「內有能量,才有外在助緣」的道理,並敘述「只要發心立願,有願必成」的體會。

永寧法師最後做了精闢的總結,鼓勵大家對己要「不忘初心」,對人做「不請之友」,對朋友要「不念舊惡」,對社會要「不變隨緣」,積極投入弘法利生的義工事業中去,在服務大眾的過程中修煉自己。與會者法喜充滿,相約下個月的第二場讀書論壇再來精進。

To celebrate the events of Fo Guang Shan Monastery’s 50th anniversary, Ven. Master Hsing Yun’s sixty years of propagating Buddhism in Taiwan, and Master Hsing Yun’s 90 birthday, the BLIA Philippines Chapter is hosting ten sections of  “Hear Me Out: Messages from a Humble Monk” reading forum in 2016. On March 20, the Manila 3rd subchapter held the first forum at Mabuhay Temple. The subchapter invited Ven. Yong Ning to preside over the forum whose theme was “CAN and CAN’T” from the chapter 27 of “Hear Me Out: Messages from a Humble Monk”.  The panel of this reading forum included the president of BLIA Philippines Chapter Li Xiong Cai, BLIA Philippines Chapter board member Ye Jin Ying, Manila 3rd subchapter president Du Chun and member Xie Yi Lin. Altogether there were around 60 people who enjoyed this thoughts-sharing moment.

President Li Xiong Cai cited the successful story of “The Buddha” musical play as an example of turning the “Can’t do” into a “Can do”. It is very difficult to propagate Buddhism in a Catholic country, and yet the BLIA members’ determination overcame many obstacles by skillfully using local customs. To date, “The Buddha” musical play has been performed more than 60 times worldwide; it has become a very effective tactic for propagating Buddhism, and it also infuses the play’s performers with the spirit of the Buddha.

Ye Jin Ying told a story about her hospitality to an uninvited guest at Mabuhay Temple demonstrating that a person with a “Can do” attitude will make friends with many people. Upon the guest’s request for a tour to the temple, she warmly showed the guest around the temple.

Consequently, the guest decided to have a Buddhist wedding at Mabuhay Temple and pursue the path of Buddhism as well as build a deep friendship with Ye Jin Ying.

Du Chun was an atheist and he had been at “Can’t do” / “Can do” crossroads several times on his path in pursing the faith; but fortunately his “Can do” personality gave himself an opportunity to exchange affinities with the monastics at Mabuhay and BLIA. By using his “Can do” attitude, he was able to learn the Buddha teachings, step by step, becoming a Buddhist devotee with the right view and eventually became the president of the Manila subchapter.

Xie Yi Lin discussed the truth of Ven. Master Hsing Yun’s saying: “external conditions arise from internal energy”.  He described the tortuous experience that he and his families experienced during the “Triple Gem Refuge and Five Precepts” initiation.  He also talked about his own experience of how making a vow with resolution can make a wish come true.

Finally, Ven. Yong Ning energetically summed up this first forum meeting for the attendees. She encourage everybody to remain truthful to their own initial resolutions, proactively help others, forgive and forget friends’ wrongdoings, act according to the ever changing conditions yet remain immutable in essence, invoke the volunteer spirit in propagating Buddhism and use altruism to cultivate oneself.  All participants were energized with joy and looked forward the second reading forum in next month.