MY EXTRAORDINARY SUNDAY (我的非凡星期天)
I am 8 years old. When other children of my age are playing football or taking math classes, I go with my parents listening to the dharma teachings of H.H Dorje Chang Buddha III on Sunday mornings.
At the beginning, I was not sure who is this person who is so respected by everyone in the temple. Questions kept coming to my mind. I thought “What is H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III talking about? Is it something serious? What is it? “ Some classmates meditated before the dharma teaching started, and I admired their calmness.
“Gong” the rin gong went. People started to quiet down. “Ring” went the bell. The temple is very crowded indeed. My family and I sat and waited quietly. The dharma teaching started. The rin gong and the bell made sounds again. We knelt down and sang the Heart Sutra and we chanted ‘H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’ 21 times. Sometimes the teachings are long, sometimes short. If they are short then we would listen to two pieces of teachings that morning.
Every 15 minutes, the teaching would pause and the Rinpoche would translate in Cantonese for us. As the teachings are taught in Putonghua, for the benefit of fellow classmates who do not understand Putonghua, hence the translation. The dharma teaching is very important to every classmate in the room. I get a lot of value out of it, not just to cultivate my Buddhist learning but more importantly to apply what Buddhist teachings I have learnt in every day life.
For me, I am very lucky to have a place like this to listen to dharma. I have learnt that all beings are equal and therefore not to kill living beings in the world. Also, I learnt to do good deeds, and not to tell lies. But, I also enjoy playing football, my favourite hobby, with my dad sometimes.
Little Spring Onion
我今年8岁。当同龄的其他孩子在周日早上去踢足球或上数学课，我却跟随我的父母恭闻 H.H. 第三多杰羌佛的法音及学习佛法。