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 20170626弘揚宗門代相承 Passing Tzu Chi’s Dharma Lineage to Future Generations

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發表主題: 20170626弘揚宗門代相承 Passing Tzu Chi’s Dharma Lineage to Future Generations    周日 7月 09, 2017 12:02 pm

20170626弘揚宗門代相承 Passing Tzu Chi’s Dharma Lineage to Future Generations

I am so grateful to see everyone cultivating themselves so diligently. Tzu Chi has entered its 52nd year. We see commissioners who joined Tzu Chi when it was just founded.

The other day when I was at the Xindian Jing Si Hall, I saw a commissioner whose Tzu Chi badge number is 16. She is already 90 years old. From her, we see that once a Tzu Chi volunteer, always a Tzu Chi volunteer.

When she came to see me, she was dressed neatly. This shows that she still has the Tzu Chi spirit. So, we should not let old age discourage us from living our life to its fullest.

I have always encouraged the senior volunteers to live out the value of their lives. However, we need to care about our Dharma lineage and wisdom-life.

We need to emulate the spirit of senior volunteers who in the past inspired us to join Tzu Chi. We need to do this now. Now, as senior volunteers, you need to pass on the spirit and values of Tzu Chi.

We need to inspire young people to join Tzu Chi not only for them to be donating members, we should also recruit them to be volunteers and go through trainings.

Back then, when you first knew of me and my teachings and aspired to volunteer, you were about the same age, you were in your thirties.

So what we need to do now is to pass on the responsibilities. By “passing on,” I don’t mean you should stop doing Tzu Chi work and pass everything on to young people.

What I mean is that you should be as diligent and devoted as you were over four decades ago when you first joined Tzu Chi. Remember how the senior volunteers inspired you with warmth and enthusiasm to join Tzu Chi.

Think of how Jing Ming, the first Tzu Chi volunteer in Taipei, and “the three sisters” inspired and accompanied new volunteers. They have nurtured many Tzu Chi volunteers.

This is what we need to do. For the first forty-five years, I devoted myself to helping living beings. After that I felt it is time to focus on spreading Buddhism.

So I began to expound the Lotus Sutra. Currently, I have only expounded one half of the Lotus Sutra, which is 14 chapters out of a total of 28.

So I will keep on expounding the sutra. We are dedicated to the spreading of the Dharma. To spread the Dharma, we have to share our thoughts based on the teaching we’ve learned.

We learn the Buddha’s teachings and understand the historical background of the Buddha’s time, then we adapt Buddha’s teachings to the modern times.

Bodhisattvas are not just in the sutras, but also in society. During my visit this time, I have heard volunteers share their stories. They have dedicated themselves to helping others diligently.

Bodhisattvas go to the aid of those suffering in the world. Bodhisattvas are very diligent. They serve amongst people and alleviate people’s sufferings.

This is why I want everyone to understand the sutra of Innumerable Meanings. The sutra teaches us how to cultivate ourselves and how to go inspire others by going among people and setting examples. It is all in the sutra.

The chapter, “Preaching,” teaches us how to spread the Dharma in this world. The spirit of Tzu Chi is in the teachings of this sutra. What I am doing is in accordance with the Buddha’s teachings in the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings.

It points out that the Buddha not only cared about the world in his time, but also the world of the future, which is filled with impurities.

The impurities we have now are delusion of people’s minds, diminishing life span, and an age of frequent disasters. These are the impurities of our time.

Thus, people have many afflictions with prejudiced views. We should all be vigilant about our safety and the impermanence of life. In this world of impermanence, how do we live out the value of our lives? This is what we need to do based on the sutras.

Thus, I give Dharma talks every day to let everyone understand the meaning of the teachings in the sutra. The teachings help us live out the value of our life.

How do we repay the kindness of our parents? Since our body comes from our parents, we say that our parents have merits because they gave us our body to give of ourselves for all living beings.

Our parents raise and nurture us, so we reciprocate their kindness. When we do this, our children can see how we take care of our parents and follow to do so.

This is why I mentioned that the elderly should live at home with their children instead of living in a nursing home. This is to let our children see the example we’ve set and how we took care of our parents when we were young.

Even though we are older now and have already retired, we need to do something that has a larger scope than our individual careers, which is to give of ourselves for living beings.

We also need to let our children see and understand why we volunteer with Tzu Chi and pass on the spirit of love to them so they can better understand us.

We see that torrential rains have caused floods in Taiwan. When providing relief, Tzu Chi volunteers truly worked hard. Some volunteers walked on the street, a person asked them, “Are you Tzu Chi volunteers?

I want to give you a hug and say I’m grateful for your help.” This person did not know the volunteers personally, and we did not know this person. Just knowing that they are Tzu Chi volunteers this person wanted to give them a hug.

This shows that this person was very touched and wanted to say thank you. We are all Tzu Chi volunteers. This person’s words weren’t directed at a specific volunteer, but towards all Tzu Chi volunteers.

This shows that there is value in our life. When that person said, “I want to thank you and give you a hug,” I felt as if I were being thanked and hugged.

Because you are Tzu Chi volunteers and I’m also a Tzu Chi volunteers, our lives are all connected. All in all, I’m very grateful because All Tzu Chi volunteers give of themselves with sincerity and love.

In the past, I would instruct volunteers on how to carry out relief work; now I don’t need to do this. I only need to remind everyone to stay safe; that is to be cautious.

I’m also grateful of the way you care for your fellow volunteers. This is truly thoughtful. We need to show more care toward the elderly and senior volunteers, and we need to inspire more young people to join Tzu Chi.

In the past, senior volunteers inspired and guided us. Now that we have become senior volunteers ourselves, it’s our turn to inspire and guide young people. Does everyone understand this? (Yes.)

Good, I’m very grateful. I am touched and grateful every day because so many volunteers are giving of themselves; it is difficult to not be grateful.

I am grateful that everyone here gives of themselves with love. All I can say is, “I’m grateful.” But, every one of you has to stay safe and well, and take good care of your body and mind.

This is what I care the most. If you truly love me, then don’t let me worry; please stay safe and healthy and remain firm to your aspirations.

Then, I will be at ease and without worries. I’m grateful to all of you, and I give you all my blessings.
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