On the afternoon of February 16th, 2019, the beginning of spring of a new year, the founder of the Association, thank Teacher Susan Duan for enabling us to have the Dharma learning and Sutra chanting as the auspicious origin in the beginning of the new year. Even if the schedule would be tight, and the Teacher would be very tired, she was still compassionate and willing to lead our study and the Dharma Assembly at the Beginning of Spring on the same day.
This lecture, our Teacher Susan Duan gave the speech on “Chapter 7: Benefiting the Living and the Deceased” of “Sutra of the Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva” and particularly emphasized that the practice is to correct our bad habits because there must be related views and thinking behind the habitual behavioral patterns. If we don't find out our own wrong views and thinking, and then correct them, it will eventually spend more efforts but get less results by relying on a temporary repression or forced change of external behavior.
On December 1st, the Association held the Dharma Assembly of chanting the three chapters of “Avatamsaka Sutra” : “Pure Conduct, Brahma Conduct and Discourse on Samantabhadra's Beneficence Aspirations ”to celebrate the second anniversary of the Association and the fifth anniversary of the Classroom.
This lecture, the Teacher gave the speech on chapter 6 “The Praise of the Tathagata” of the “Sutra of the Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva” which not only demonstrates the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva’s compassion and convenience to enlighten the sentient beings with the dialogue between the Bodhisattva named Universally Vast and the Shakyamuni Buddha, but also gives a convenient way for the sentient beings of all kinds of needs (for example, women who don’t want to be born again as a woman, women who want to be a good-looking woman, people who have long-term illness, people who are in horror because of dreaming ghosts and spirits, people who are born as slaves or painful people in a state of non-freedom, and people who have newborns at home) to get rid of difficulties or getting peace and happiness.