Amitofo, this is really a good cause and conditions. This Short Term Monastic Retreat is a really unforgettable experience. I have waited this program since 2 years ago, because at that time, we from Indonesia were not able to join because our Venerable said that no Indonesian YAD join the program so we all pending to next year. As the time goes by, this year we have chance to follow the retreat program.
First of all, I’m really want to pay my deeply gratefulness to all good cause and conditions by first refer to our great teacher Sakyamuni Buddha who founded the dharma and foundation of Buddhism, and secondly refer to our beloved Venerable Master Hsing Yun, who has brought the Buddha’s light throughout the five continents and let the dharma water splash to my life, thirdly my parents who also gave me chance to learn the Buddhism in my hometown and fourth to our lovely guiding teacher Venerable Hui Ren, who has really give an explanation due to tasks and meaning of Dharma name, now really a good moment, and also thanks and pay gratefulness to other conditions that create this moments and situations.
It past two days already, but the retreat is still going on five days again. What I got in this retreat in 2nd day is a good and wonderful dharma name (Ben Chuen/ 本宸), after hearing explanation from Venerable Hui Ren, this name is really suit to my character, surprising it is my philosophy to my life.
In the first day, I got really difficult to walk through this retreat because of still not familiar to me, but now the starting third day I am able to take this path of renounce. It is kind of enjoyable experience. I’ll continue to learn the deeper dharma experience and implement through my daily life. Amitofo.
All the cause and conditions will be please to follow you because you have a destiny, but it controlled by many factors. How can you break loose of these controlling factors and build your own lives? You must have right view, a strong faith, build a multitude of good relations, and uphold the precepts. In this way, you’re not under the thumb of your destinies, but you can freely master them. May good fortune be with you!
Amitofo, love Hui Ren