Roof of Buddhist Lecture Hall

This roof became a much-used natural extension of the Buddhist Lecture Hall -- an open-air classroom where we translated, memorized, did taiji, and worked on our own self-study and practice when time permitted. Translation and language study were the major emphases in the daily schedule of the five newly left-home disciples.

The Master with his left-home and lay disciples on the roof of Buddhist Lecture Hall in 1970.

This roof became a much-used natural extension of the Buddhist Lecture Hall -- an open-air classroom where we translated, memorized, did taiji, and worked on our own self-study and practice when time permitted. Translation and language study were the major emphases in the daily schedule of the five newly left-home disciples.






Dharma Assembly at the roof of the Buddhist Lecture Hall, San Francisco

Dharma Assembly at the roof of the Buddhist Lecture Hall, San Francisco.

Circumambulating while reciting is one of the fundamental rituals that the Master taught his Western disciples. "Once we form the circle, then the positions of first and last lose their meaning. Last becomes first, first becomes last. Everyone can be first; everyone can be last." He used the circle as an analogy in teaching us about fighting, competition, ambition, and greed for name and position.