On the 6th anniversary of Pure Classroom and the 3th anniversary of the Association of Pure Buddhist (APB), we held a Dharma Assembly of chanting three chapters of “Avatamsaka Sutra” on November 30. As every word of the scriptures flowed into the minds, the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas also poured into our hearts.
After the Sutra chanting was successfully completed, the Teacher, Susan Duan, announced that there will be new courses launched next year. Undergoing her own experiences of cultivating the minds and continuous further learning in recent years, the Teacher integrates her experiences and redesigns courses that can better meet the needs of the modern people, such as various kinds of meditation combining subconscious self-awareness and spiritual healing, and even achieving the unity of physicality and mentality through certain physical operations. Hearing this new, everyone was excited and looking forward to the coming courses.
After that, the Teacher gave us instruction that “Everyone must be responsible for the appearance of his/her life.” Explaining from the Chinese character of “責(responsibility)” meaning one’s own business/affairs and the root of the first half of English word, “responsibility”, is “Respond”, the Teacher therefore illustrated that the so-called “responsibility” is to take care of one’s own business/affairs and make response to his/her inner desires. Therefore, of course, one can only rely on oneself to take care and respond to his/her own business/affairs and desires.
This also implies that when we have desires, want to get something, achieve something and become someone, we should draw up plans for ourselves and then implement them. For example, if one wants to have some skill but doesn’t have it at this moment, then the one would sign up courses, learn from professionals or teachers and practice it after classes in order to become proficient at it. It is impossible that one only thinks about achieving something without making any mental and physical efforts but just keep relying on others to fulfill his/her inner desires.
Whether it is the daily life, interpersonal relationship, work, family, or even the physical, mental, spiritual growth such as Dharma learning, one should face/deal it with the aforesaid mentality. Then, one can be a truly mature and independent individual, and by doing so, this is practice of the Dharma itself. After learning the Dharma, everyone looked back on their own life situation, and the feelings of ashamed and self-reflection raised in most of people’s minds. We are very grateful to the Teacher for teaching us, making us see our blind spots, knowing how to think and correct, and then can achieve the real growth and happiness.
(more photos of the Dharma Assembly are at http://pureclassroom.pixnet.net/album/set/16581043 )