Who is the founder of BW Monastery? Ans: Master Ri-Chang (Jih-Chang)

#1

Master Jih-Chang started the Dharma propagation in Singapore and established a teaching centre. Venerable Jing Yuan is the first abbot of the monastery
https://bwmonastery.org.sg/bwm-faqs#belong

#2

Master Ri-Chang calls himself the General that constantly faces defeat:

我自己很清楚嘛,我一直在败,人家说常胜将军,我自己觉得我是个常败将军。这话怎么讲呀?普通一般人哪,败了一次就完了,那个就不行。我败,败了以后我还再打;又败,败了再打;又败,再打。所以啊叫作“常败”,真正了不起的就是这个“常”字,你能够这样地倒下去再打,倒下去再打,倒下去再打,你成功了!记着,我但愿诸位能学这个!我现在就学这个常败将军,我在这里只是把我的败的经验告诉诸位。虽然败啊,快乐的哦!啊!美不可言,美不可言!
From Master’s Lamrim Commentary Track 114a https://bwmonastery.org.sg/lr114a

I aspire to have this spirit of always facing defeat and not backing down. With this kind of perseverance, one will eventually conquer the enemy once and for all.

#3

Remembering Master Ri-Chang:

2018福智憶師恩法會-日常老和尚弘揚廣論30年《 般若千年・幕後專訪 》

2017 師恩《 走過千生萬世 》日常老和尚・福智僧團

#4

A tale of when Master Ri-Chang was young.
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#5

Through Master Ri-Chang’s sharing of his personal anecdotes in his Lamrim Commentary, I get to know and admire Master.

His experience joining the Sangha:

所以我一开头曾经给你们说过,我当初出家的时候人人笑我,等到我出了家多少年以后,跟以前的老朋友碰见了,那老朋友都说:“某人哪!算来算去还是你最好。”那当初我们在学校里念书的时候,大家都在想,哎呀,要什么啊?每一个人有伟大的志愿,要成家立业;现在呢,每一个人都五子登科。所谓五子登科啊,什么?房子,什么?车子、妻子、金子,还有什么子啊?儿子,每个人都五子登科了。结果他忙了半天,问他干什么?“哎呀!还不是图这个家,还不是为了这些孩子!”你说忙了半天,结果呢?唉!他只有是这个样。

He calls himself the general that constantly gets defeated

我自己很清楚嘛,我一直在败,人家说常胜将军,我自己觉得我是个常败将军。这话怎么讲呀?普通一般人哪,败了一次就完了,那个就不行。我败,败了以后我还再打;又败,败了再打;又败,再打。所以啊叫作“常败”,真正了不起的就是这个“常”字,你能够这样地倒下去再打,倒下去再打,倒下去再打,你成功了!记着,我但愿诸位能学这个!我现在就学这个常败将军,我在这里只是把我的败的经验告诉诸位。虽然败啊,快乐的哦!啊!美不可言,美不可言!

Reference:
https://bwmonastery.org.sg/lr114a

#6

Venerable Ru Jun shares this remembrance video of Master Ri-Chang (and a discourse to go along with it).

:pray:

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