Master Jih-Chang started the Dharma propagation in Singapore and established a teaching centre. Venerable Jing Yuan is the first abbot of the monastery
Master Ri-Chang calls himself the General that constantly faces defeat:
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.
Remembering Master Ri-Chang:
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A tale of when Master Ri-Chang was young.
《 周末微電影＿難忘的一年 》 1965年，小學二年級的楊永興遇到了一位和尚叔叔 。47年後才知道這位教小永興毛巾四角要拉齊，掃地掃牆角，洗臉洗耳角的和尚叔叔，竟然是…
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:
He calls himself the general that constantly gets defeated
Venerable Ru Jun shares this remembrance video of Master Ri-Chang (and a discourse to go along with it).
This is one of the discourses by Master Ri-Chang that I could find on YouTube.
It is almost 12 hours long.
Even though I didn’t really understand the bulk of it, it was good to see and listen to Master again.
I really enjoy it when Master Ri-Chang shares anecdotes from his life:
(from the Lamrim Commentary Track 131b)
This year’s Remembrance Day for Master Ri-Chang is coming this month.
@Jereme mentioned the “trailer” to the short film that will be showcased during the event:
Like him, I am eager with anticipation for the day.
Can we list out how Master has benefitted all of us? It will be a good exercise before MRD this year…
I’ll start first:
- Contemplated on our behalf what is the fastest path to Buddhahood
- Went through thick and thin to obtain the lineage of the teachings for us
Establishing a systematic curriculum for us to learn and practice the Teachings in stages
- Gave us the concept of Infinite Lives (无限生命) and Progressive Higher Rebirth (增上生道)
- Started the Edu park for us to have a way to learn and practice together in the path of progressive higher rebirth
- Guided us to establish Right Views and provided us his personal instructions on how to receive the teachings from the Lamrim
Non-exhaustive. Let’s build this up?
Rejoice to you, @Jereme, for starting this exercise to remember what Master Ri-Chang has done for us.
My gratitude is to Master building up the Sangha so that we can get guidance on the teachings. I listen to Master’s disciples like Venerable Ru Jun and Venerable Ru De almost every other day. And I get much advice and learning each and everytime I tune in to them. Without Master Ri-Chang. all this will not be possible.
Cannot miss out OMAK - Observing Merits and Appreciating Kindness of others. It’s one of the first thing that I learnt to apply after learning the Lamrim, and I am still learning to practice everyday because it really helps in building healthy and happy relationships with others.
The importance of organic farming so that our loved ones have safe food for consumption, as well as to care for the environment and other living beings living together with us on this earth.
Rejoice in our kind deeds as well as others, not to be jealous when someone has better capability than ourselves but to rejoice in what they can accomplish and learn from them. I greatly benefitted from learning to practice this, as it humbles me and opens my mind to learn from others.
Master Ri-Chang guided me to find out what really is happiness and what really is suffering. And through it, uncovering that Buddhism is the way for me to eliminate suffering.
Let’s meet Master again and listen to him explain the meaning of suffering and happiness.
My Lamrim Class 班长 shared a video in class on the early life of Master Ri-Chang.
Sharing the video with this forum:
A replica of Master’s room was built for the recent Rememberance Day event.
Looking at the spartan room, I can better picture Master and the life he led.
Venerable Ru-De shared at the Master Remembrance Day event the question whether we prefer to be the "General that Always Wins or the “General that Constantly Faces Defeat”.
The answer may seem obvious that we should aspire to be the former - the constant winner.
However, Venerable presented a different perspective.
From Venerable, I learnt that if one is so concerned with keeping up the record of not being defeated then one will only fight those battles that are easy. This General will stagnate and not improve much.
Whereas the General that is constantly defeated but is always getting back on his feet will be improving by leaps and bounds.
Let us follow Master Ri-Chang’s example and be brave in the face of adversity and setback!
Reflecting on the beauty, rarity and purity of the White Lotus upright in the muddy waters - akin to Master Ri-Chang’s compassion in guiding us on our journey towards Buddhahood.
I understood from a discourse that Venerable Ru Jun held in Singapore, the story behind why the White Lotus is a symbol of Buddhism. Venerable referred to this line from
If I recall correctly, it was said that when Buddha Shakyamuni was a Bodhisattva, his resolve to save Sentient Beings was so strong that he was praised with the epithet of the White Rose - representing purity and rarity of his determination.
This gives me much deeper feelings when I chance upon lotuses.
Members of the Sangha reminisce about Master Ri-Chang:
It was an injection of faith to see the impact that Master Ri-Chang had on his disciples.
Echoing one of the Venerables in the video, I supplicate for Master Ri-Chang to