摘要： All I can do is to vigorously practice with every bit of my life
I am blessed with kindness from the virtuous teachers and friends around me. The master in charge of construction work is a good example. He takes on multiple roles. With each role come responsibilities he has never had before. There are architectural design, materials procurement, construction supervision and final acceptance of the project. He worries about all matters, important or trivial. Books on Buddhism have been replaced by architecture study materials on his desk, and he spends more time at construction sites than in classrooms. His daily schedule is disrupted, but he still tries to keep up with the learning with the Sangha. In fact, he is too worn out to continue with the study no matter how much he wants to. He is too exhausted from the day, talking to and coordinating with others. He loses his voice during the evening chanting sessions, and he has to press against his left ribs to curb the pain, but only find it impossible to speak as we are carrying out the talks, discussions and debates.
It is because of the many who have contributed without taking credit, that I can hear and contemplate the Dharma without being disturbed. That master is just one of them. There are also volunteers working in the gift shop of things related to the Dharma and lay people’s kitchen, and our Shifu.
I remember Shifu once sent a text message to one of my fellow practitioners, “I think you will come to know the meaning of faith, as you know me better. Why do I have such a strong impetus to be busy running about? I didnt intend to do it. Sometimes Im in a situation beyond my control and yet I can say nothing about it. But when I think of the many disciples that I cannot part with, there is no reason for me not to give out everything for them. Why bother a little labor?”
When I understand his intent, nothing difficult can pull me back from learning the Dharma. It is all because of the support from the virtuous teachers and friends. As the Guru Milarepa said, “The lotus of wisdom blossoms in my heart. Enlightenment and realization overflow like incense smoke. I hate myself for being unable to return the kindness of my master. All I can do is to vigorously practice with every bit of my life”.