A Lesson on Impermanence

6 May

The 1-day retreat was DDM Sydney’s first event after becoming homeless again; for the third time! On 3 April, the fire that ripped through the swimming pool supply shop next door has rendered our centre unusable for at least six to twelve months. The damage was extensive, leaving behind a partially destroyed building and ruined equipment.

A lesson of “impermanence” indeed! The Buddhist concept of “formation, existence, destruction and emptiness” was clear and loud. The incident threw all our plans for Guo Chii Fashi’s teaching program into chaos. Instead of our cosy and comfortable home, which is well equipped for our regular activities, we had to find new venues for upcoming events specially led by Fashi.

Yet none of us were disheartened or discouraged. Our committee immediately convened to tackle the issues ahead of us. With the dedication, determination and tireless efforts of our volunteers, we were able to salvage what we could from the disaster zone. Everyone quietly did what was necessary while caring for each other’s safety. We moved everything salvageable into storage, and hired a new venue for the 1-day retreat, all within a week!

We were racing against time, with only two weeks left. Our volunteers researched and purchased new padding for meditation mats, sewed new covers for them as well as the meditation cushions. The cushions and mats were completed only two days before the retreat.

Originally, the plan was to conduct a 2-day retreat but because of the narrow lead time and the limited venues available, we changed it to one day only. Causes and conditions in the works; another great lesson for us to learn from!

On Saturday 30 April, the day of the retreat, we arrived at Mt Colah Community Centre, about a 10 minute drive from our centre Hornsby. During the retreat, Fashi played a DVD by Shifu who talked about “causes and conditions”, “impermanence” and “emptiness”. Shifu explained that because we do not understand impermanence, therefore we suffer. What a timely lesson and reminder! What we are going through right now is only an impermanent process. We need to embrace change, forge ahead and move on. We will definitely keep running our regular activities and continue with our regular practice! Through this ordeal we learnt to apply Chan teaching and practice while facing and dealing with the situation. In so doing, we mature as a group and become a supportive community that follows the Guanyin Bodhisattva path.

Agnes

 

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禪堂火災災情

5 May

Hornsby 的共修處在四月三日因貼鄰火災的波及, 受到極嚴重的破壞.  由於起火貼鄰是售賣清潔泳池用品的批發商, 貯存大量的化學藥品, 燃燒後的黑粉狀微塵都含有化學成分, 微塵浸入每個角落, 連書櫃, 抽屜的東西都不能幸免. 一樓則是路不通行. 所有的音響器材, 電視機, 冰櫃, 書櫃, 會議枱椅, 坐墊, 蒲團都受到水的洗禮報銷了. 義工們在四月九日到禪堂檢點損失.  因受化學藥物氣味的濃烈刺激, 大部份義工在禪堂外流淚, 咳嗽, 只有三數人戴上防毒口罩手套才能進去把無受損的東西搬出來, 不能進入的則在外清洗和包裝, 再運去預先租好的倉庫存放. 四月十一日再請搬運公司搬運佛桌, 佛像和其他雜物等.… Read the...
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讀書筆記 : 人命在幾間

5 May

每個人被生下來就像領取了一根長短不一的蠟燭; 有些根本點不著, 有些燃一會就熄滅了. 大家都是風前燭, 即使外加玻璃罩保護著, 我們也不知道自己所領得的一根蠟燭可以燃點多久. 死亡來時不動聲色, 毫無警告. 吃飯間、走路間、甚至睡眠間都有可能發生.

《阿含經》中佛問沙門:「人命在幾間?」
對曰:「數日間!」
佛言:「子未知道!」
復問一沙門:「人命在幾間?」
對曰:「飯食間!」
佛言:「子未知道!」
復問一沙門:「人命在幾間?」
對曰:「呼吸間!」
佛言:「善哉! 子知道矣!」

意思是說人的生命無常而且非常短速的, 生命只是在一呼一吸之間, 倘若下 一口氣接不上來即成後世. 第一個沙門保守的估計以為人壽命最少也有數日, 我們可要比他「樂觀」得多了; 我們是用七十、八十、九十年來計算的.
我們常常聽到有不少人這樣說: 「佛法這麼好, 等我先把做人緊要做的事處理完了, 等兒女長大了, 錢賺夠了, 老了, 退了休以後我就來專心學佛.」所以佛說世人都是在急不急的事情.

人在年青的時候總認為前面有無限的時間, 可供任意揮霍, 因為我們計算年歲的方法是一年一年加上去的, 這個設計妙極了! 因為加法是沒有窮盡的. 故此雖然明知必有一死, 感覺上卻不是「人生如朝露」而錯覺為「來日方長」, 好像死亡是絕對不會發生在自己身上似的.

我們不是工廠製成品,...
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One-day Meditation Retreat

10 Apr

Do you want to get back into or deepen your meditation practice? Join us for a one-day meditation retreat in English, led by Guo Chii Fashi from Taiwan.

This is an opportunity to get in touch with your mind through:

Important news

10 Apr
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Dharma Drum Mountain Sydney’s Chan Centre was partially destroyed on Sunday, 3 April 2016 and has been rendered unusable. In the morning at 6am, the neighbouring shop selling pool-related products, including cleaning chemicals, was burning for yet-to-be verified reason. Although...
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