The Men’s Division Kenshu was held on 23 December 2017. In line with our Chief Priest’s guidance, the theme of the Kenshu mirrored the “Kickoff Towards 2021”. This continues the momentum of Shakubuku Advancement in the year 2018 leading to the achievement of the 2021 objective.
Immediately after the completion of short Gongyo and Daimoku, led by our Chief Priest, a short video clip introduced the concept of Devadatta’s evil actions to harm the Buddha. After the video clip, we explained how we are similar to Devadatta’s evil way of actions in terms of speech. As the saying goes, “words can kill”.
We then shared the virtual world situation of cyberbullying that is prevalent in society today. This causes considerable pain and suffering to unsuspecting victims who are vilified online. A real life case involving a recent court sentencing of a couple was shown in which some Singaporeans felt the punishment was inadequate. Even online chat groups and apps like WhatsApp can be used to criticise the boss or vilify someone we do not like. This has given rise to the term “office bully”.
All the above happened as many people are not aware of the true teachings of the Daishonin’s Buddhism. In order to explain how Buddhist practice helps overcome bad causes, an experience sharing was given by Hong Ming.
Practising Daishonin’s Buddhism alone is insufficient. We must conduct shakubuku, especially as we continue the momentum of achieving our 2018 ShakubukuPledge towards meeting the 2021 objective.
We also explained that going on tozan is very important as it enables us to repay our gratitude to the Three Treasures and to expiate our sins and bad karma. We highlighted that it is especially significant for us to join Group Tozan organised by our temple as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of Kaimyoin.
Lastly, our Chief Priest gave guidance based on the following important points for the coming year, 2018:
1) Attend Oko Ceremony
2) Join temple’s Group Tozan
3) Achieve our shakubuku pledge
The Men’s Division Kenshu ended with the believers’ conviction to carry out all the above as set forth by our Chief Priest and to encourage all other Kaimyo-in believers to do the same.