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Tuesday evening, October 24, 1972

On Cooperation and Vigor

Ven. Master Hua    

 

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Guanyin Bodhisattva’s entering the monastic life. Buddhists will come to the monastery to celebrate this occasion. And so tomorrow, Gold Mountain Monastery will hold a Great Compassion Repentance Session during which the Repentance will be held twice in the morning and three times in the afternoon—five times in all.

Tomorrow, a group from Gold Mountain Monastery will travel to Carmel to visit Chang Dai-chien, a world-renowned painter who is a Buddhist. Those who make this visit will be working hard; those who remain at the monastery will also be working hard.

Today, Guo Xiu asked me if she could be excused from going on the visit. Others also requested to be excused. Again I say, those who go on the visit will be working hard; those who remain at the monastery will also work hard. In general, tomorrow will be a day in which everyone will toil. No matter how evasive you may be, you cannot avoid the hard work. No matter how much you try to slip out of things, you still have to toil. Why must we toil?

     Enduring suffering puts an end to suffering.

     Enjoying blessings uses up blessings.

That’s why. The trip may involve suffering, but we are doing something meaningful by making the effort to go. We are not going to visit Chang Dai-chien just to have fun. We are doing it in the hopes of making Buddhism flourish and causing more people to believe in Buddhism in this country.

The Great Compassion Repentance ceremony at the monastery is equally important. As Buddhists, we should show our sincerity to the Bodhisattva. On the anniversary of Guanyin Bodhisattva’s entering the monastic life, we certainly want to practice together and not let the time pass by in vain. So, tomorrow’s two events are both worthwhile endeavors done for the sake of Buddhism.

 

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