In my journey to learn and experience the true goals of life I consider myself blessed to have found Fo Guang Shan Temple that offers English Dharma and Meditation classes to people of different religious backgrounds under the guidance of Venerable Man Yee and other teachers. This Dharma class has given me a renewed enthusiasm towards Buddhism. It is truly a privilege to be a part of this educational program with such an amazing mentor as Venerable Master Hsing Yun.
On Saturday, December 3rd 2016 Venerable Yung Ku, the abbess of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto blessed our Dharma class not only with her presence but also by sharing her precious thoughts to enlighten us on the core teachings of Humanistic Buddhism, to enhance and nourish our knowledge of the Dharma, and also to enable each one of us to actualize our optimal potential.
One of the most notable features of Venerable Yung Ku’s lecture was the explanation of her pilgrimage to India and what she learned most from it. She explained about the Buddha’s efforts and accomplishments in eradicating the rigid caste system in India that existed at the time of the Buddha and was firmly established in society. The Buddha condemned this system based on inequality amongst humans. She helped us to understand the far sightedness of the Buddha’s efforts to establish a society with a humanistic approach, without any discrimination of caste, creed or colour. Venerable Yung Ku explained the core concept of Humanistic Buddhism with such an ease that the original intents of the Buddha were understood by the class: which, in fact, is the need of the modern materialistic world today.
She also enlightened us by sharing her experiences of monastic life and her religious trips to various countries, which were cherished by us, her students. She also shared her insight into the glorious history of Buddhism in China and explained how rapidly it is growing there. She showed great appreciation for the work of Fo Guang Shan’s founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, in this regard. Her lecture had a spontaneous effect upon the class and we all benefited from her invaluable presence.
The abbess concluded her lecture by explaining the reasoning behind the Buddhist exam and by encouraging us to prepare well with confidence and positivity.
Dec 12, 2016