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.
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!
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.