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“Sariputra, if there are people who have already made the vow, who now make the vow, or who are about to make the vow, ‘I desire to be born in Amitabha’s country,’ these people, whether born in the past, now being born, or to be born in the future, all will irreversibly attain to anuttarasamyaksambodhi. Therefore, Sariputra, all good men and good women, if they are among those who have faith, should make the vow, ‘I will be born in that country.’”

~ Amitabha Sutra

When I obtain the Buddhahood, any being of the boundless and inconceivable Buddha-worlds of the ten quarters whose body if be touched by the rays of my splendour should not make his body and mind gentle and peaceful, in such a state that he is far more sublime than the gods and men, then may I not attain the enlightenment.

~ Amitabha Buddha's Thirty-Third Vow

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Please Sign This Online Petition to Keep Om Retreat Alive!

Late Drubwang Rinpoche during one of the previous Retreats.

Text of the petition is as follows:

To: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

THE 100 MILLION MANI RECITATION RETREAT was held annually by Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery of Singapore (PKS) for some 5 years, and have since became an inseparable part of our spiritual lives. Unfortunately, there's news that PKS might not hold the Retreat this year 2008.

This year's retreat was shadowed by His Eminence Drubwang Rinpoche's passing away in Singapore, a day before the Retreat itself. He had passed away on the same day he landed in Singapore. Despite bad health and much dissuasion from other Rinpoches, Drubwang Rinpoche insisted on his journey to Singapore lead the Retreat.

It was specifically explained by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche during the Retreat that it is Drubwang Rinpoche's wish for the Om Retreat to continue year after year, after his passing.

I personally believe his choice to pass away a day before this event has great significance and he might have foreseen that after his passing, this greatly beneficial event will end abruptly. I also felt strongly Rinpoche's love for all beings. His teaching and message put forth through his actions are too profound and wide for me to put into words here.

Please send the message to all who cares for Dharma to appeal to the management of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery NOT to let this annual Retreat end. Email them, write to them, approach and talk to them. Let them recognize that this is no longer just a PKS event, but a precious inheritance left behind by Drubwang Rinpoche and PKS management has the responsibility to keep it alive.


The Undersigned


Pls forward to your friends this message, as them to sign this petition at this address:


If you have a blog, do post it on your blog to spread awareness to it. If you can, please forward this message to your friends so more people can show support and keep the OM Retreat alive. Thanks!

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008











●本單元文章同步刊於法鼓山全球資訊網 - 聖嚴法師


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How Mindfulness Works When Not Working

adapted from a talk by Gil Fronsdal January 1st, 2001

In practicing mindfulness, it can be helpful to remember that the practice works even when it doesn’t work. Perhaps this is explained best through an analogy.

Consider a mountain stream where the water is quite clear, and seems placid and still. But if you place a stick into the water, a small wake around the stick shows that in fact the water is flowing. The stick is the reference point needed to notice the movement of the water.

Similarly, the practice of mindfulness is a reference point for noticing aspects of our lives which we may not have noticed. This is especially true for mindfulness of breathing. In trying to stay present for the breath, you may become aware of the concerns and the momentum of the mind that pull the attention away from the breath. If you can remain with the breath, then obviously mindfulness of breathing is working. However, if your attempt to stay with the breath results in increased awareness of whatever is pulling you away from the breath, then the practice is also working.

Without the reference of mindfulness practice, it is quite easy for to remain unaware of the preoccupations, tensions, and momentum operating in one’s life. For example, if you are busily doing many things, the concern for getting things done can blind you to the tension building in the body and mind. Only by stopping to be mindful may you become aware of the tensions and feelings that are present.

Sometimes it is only through your attempts to be with the breath that you see the speed with which the mind is racing. Riding on a train, if you focus on the mountains in the distance, you might not notice the speed of the train. However, if you bring your attention closer, the rapidly disappearing telephone poles next to the train tracks reveal the train’s speed. Even when you have trouble staying with the breath, your continued effort to come back to the breath can highlight what might otherwise be unnoticed, i.e., the speedy momentum of the mind. In fact, the faster the mind and the greater the preoccupation, the greater the need for something close by like the breath to help bring an awareness of what is going on. That awareness, in turn, often brings some freedom from the preoccupation.

When staying with the breath during meditation is difficult, it is easy to be discouraged. However, that difficulty is an opportunity to become better aware of the forces of mind and the feelings causing the distractions. Remember, if we learn from what is going on, regardless of what is happening, the practice is working, even when it may not appear to be working because we aren’t able to stay with the breath.

Even when it is relatively easy to stay with the breath, mindfulness of the breathing can still function as an important reference point. In this case it may not be for the strong forces of distraction, but rather for subtler thoughts and feeling that may lie close to the root of our concerns and motivations. Don’t pursue those thoughts or feelings. Simply be aware of their presence while continuing to develop the meditation on the breath, so that the breath can become an even more refined reference point. When settled on the breath, the heart becomes clear, peaceful, and still. Then, like a mountain pool, the heart begins to reflect all that is around it.


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