Talk on relational karma & international Sangha at Kechara
Buddha Dhamma Sagararanna had their new temple opening ceremony at Port Dickson last Sunday. Many sangha members from around the world attended the ceremony… including nuns from Taiwan, nuns of Myanmmar and local Dharma practitioners. How beautiful! I was invited to attend the opening, due to hectic schedule I was not able to attend, but Kechara’s Liaison Irene Lim attended and presented gifts on my behalf.
The sangha members were led by Venerable Chang Ern from Buddha Dhamma Sagararanna Buddhist Association. Venerable Chang Ern also serves as the Chief of Malaysia Buddhist Association (MBA), Negeri Sembilan branch.
Kechara’s liaisons Irene was contacted by Venerable Chang Ern, and Irene immediately offered to host the group of sangha members for dinner at Kechara Oasis (KO), Jaya One. This was a Dana offering on behalf of Kechara at our own Vegetarian Restaurant!
At KO, Irene gave a warm welcome to this group of sangha members with an opening speech thanking them for giving her the opportunity to offer Dana. Pastor Ngeow and Liaison Paul Yap were also there to represent Kechara House. The group was offered delicious, healthy and vegetarian food… I was told that they liked the food offered to them very much!
After dinner, Irene and the group of sangha members went to the Kechara House gompa for a visit. The sangha members and other lay Dharma practitioners were then given a tour of our Kechara Gallery.
During this time, Ven Chang Ern and the group of nuns from Taiwan left to another Dharma center to escort Venerable Chuan Dao (4th abbot of Miao Xin Si, Taiwan) and Venerable Zong Hong (abbot of Jin Gang Chan Si in OUG, Kuala Lumpur) to our center. Venerable Zong Hong is the Head of MBA’s Youth Section.
I only got to know of the visit a few hours before they arrived at KO! As it’s very meritorious to make offerings to sangha members, I decided to go to Kechara House to meet the group and present a few offerings to them. So while the monks and nuns were having dinner, I was with Paris and my Private Office arranging offerings for these holy monks and nuns.
When I arrived, I was surprised to see so many of our Kechara members upstairs at the main prayer hall! They only got to know about the last minute visit 30 minutes before I arrived, so I did not expect it at all… I was happy to see all of them. After I presented the offerings to the sangha members and their assistants, they had to leave because it was quite late already. I did not want to keep them up for too long, especially the older sangha members who had very kindly changed their schedule to visit KH…
I felt inspired to give a short Dharma talk to our Kechara members on why we make offerings to the sangha. I don’t like my students to do things blindly without understanding why they are doing it. I feel with knowledge, Dharma activity and study and practice becomes more meaningful.
I explained that our karma with each other is relational. This means the weight of our karma depends on the person’s relationship with us. For example, the karma of hurting our family and friends is heavier than the karma of hurting total strangers who we have never met before. Likewise the karma of hurting our parents is much heavier than the karma of hurting our brothers and sisters. The karma of hurting our mother is also heavier than the karma of hurting our brother, because she carried us in her womb for 9 months. Now that is at an ordinary level. Then our relational karma with strangers, friends, parents, spouse and sangha are explained in brief here in this talk.
Actually I have spoken about this many times before but I wanted to share it with Kecharians again because I feel it is very very important that we make offerings to the Sangha to support their dharma practice and generate merits for our KWPC or Kechara World Peace Centre which is our retreat land in the mountains and our own attainments. I hope you will listen to this talk and really put it into your mind. It will greatly benefit your understanding of why supporting the sangha is important.
Part 1 of the video
Part 2 of the video
Kechara Oasis – Dana Offering
Liaisons Irene giving a welcome speech with Paul helping to translate at Kechara’s own vegetarian restaurant (Kechara Oasis).
Those in the room are all Dharma practitioners… assistants and sangha members.
Peaceful gathering of Sangha members and lay people at KO
Nuns from Myanmar visiting Malaysia
Nuns from Taiwan visiting Malaysia
Lay Dharma practitioners who visited KL along with the sangha group
Irene making sure our guest are well taken care of
Pastor Ngeow receiving gifts from our honorable guests
Pastor Ngeow having a discussion with Ven Chang Ern regarding Kechara
Kechara’s award-winning cuisine as dana offering!
Sangha and friends arrive at Kechara House
Liaison Paul and Siong Woan leading the group for a tour at Kechara Gallery after dining at Kechara Oasis
Sangha members and their assistants touring the Kechara Gallery
Liaison Paul introducing Lama Tsongkhapa boxset made by Kechara Media & Publications
Pastor Ngeow speaking to one of our guests
Bryan introducing my Gurus to the group
Everyone gathered in the video room to view a video on Kechara World Peace Centre
Even though it was already 10pm… so many Kechara members came by to join our session last minute!!
Ven Sucinti from Myanmar helping to translate my talk
Gifts from me for the sangha members.
A beautiful Tsongkhapa statue offered to Ven Chang Ern.
A delicate Kuan Yin statue offered to Ven Zong Hong… turns out, Kuan Yin is his main practice!
A beautiful upasika statue offered to Ven Sucinti the translator nun.
Gifts for all our guests present.
Offering a Buddha statue to Ven Chuan Dao, a senior monk from Taiwan.
Kuan Yin for Ven Zong Hong. I was happy they can visit Kechara.
A beautiful Tsongkhapa for Ven Chang Ern.
I also offered a Medicine Buddha thangka to Ven Chuan Dao… may he live long to spread the Dharma.
A Manjushri thangka for Ven Zong Hong. As the Head of Youth section in MBA this thangka is very suitable for him. He liked it so much, he gave a thumbs up!
Offering of Buddha statue to sangha members from Taiwan.
Paris presenting a Fasting Buddha statue to the nuns from Myanmar.
A beautiful Upagatta statue for the translator nun… she translated my teachings from English to Burmese that night!
I also gave out some Dharma books to those present. They are all beautifully published by KMP.
A group photo in Kechara House. I welcome the international Sangha very much!
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