Lecture for Srimara Students

To strengthen their knowledge on the fundamentals of Humanistic Buddhism while touring South Island, on 13 January 2018, FGS NZ Abbess Venerable Manshin gave a special lecture to 16 students of the 33rd intake of Srimara College. Also attending the lecture were about 30 audiences comprising members of YAD and BLIA South Island.

Venerable Abbess remarked that though the weather for recent days were bad, nevertheless, the visitors have found some pleasant surprises and inspirations. The students could therefore re-attach new meaning and value to this tour. For the topic of her lecture, Venerable Abbess Manshin chose an article written by Venerable Master Hsing Yun: What are the things in life that cannot be carried out by other person on behalf? Venerable Abbess elaborated on the 8 things mentioned in the article: 1) Walking and hill climbing, 2) Eating, drinking and defecation, 3) Birth, old age, sickness and death, 4) Suffering due to bad Karma, 5) Acceptance by others, 6) Contemplation and determination, 7) Sadness and worry, and finally 8) Progress and growth.

Venerable Abbess stressed that lessening of our material suffering due to bad Karma can be achieved by practicing 3 Good Deeds in our daily lives. Lessening of suffering of our soul due to bad Karma can only be realised through elimination of our egoistic self. To achieve the above, we need to continuously put in our efforts without regards for the Karma itself all the time. Venerable Abbess also pointed out that it is very difficult to change our character after the age of 40. In order not to suffer mental worries daily, we have to always maintain a positive and joyful attitude. She encouraged everyone to contribute to society continuously, to entertain others requests, and to be involved with learning continuously. Then only will we improve and progress.

Finally, Venerable Abbess requested feedbacks from the Srimara students with regards to their learning and experiences encountered in the South Island tour. The students replied that in New Zealand, they were awed by the creative, enthusiastic, vibrant, artistic, and nature-loving people, with a taste of Chan, who are also young, demanding, hopeful, happy and contented. The students understood that the propagation of Humanistic Buddhism in New Zealand is to be a long-term positive endeavour, full of hope. In summing up, they thanked Venerable Abbess for the lecture and hoped that future courses to follow will enable them to better understand the gist of Humanistic Buddhism.