2017 年 Children’s Division Kenshu 少年部研修会


The 2017 Children’s Kenshu kick-started with short Gongyo conducted by Reverend Oguchi, together with 76 children in high spirits. After that, the children enjoyed a short skit which portrayed the typical daily life of a student. Through the skit, the children
witnessed the negative reactions of the student towards the occurrences in his environment, which involved his six senses, that is, what he saw, touched, tasted, smelled, heard and perceived.

With this introduction on how one’s six senses affect one’s life, the children played a series of games, such as “Round the Robin”, to experience firsthand for themselves the ups and downs of their own reactions towards what they saw, touched, tasted, smelled,
heard and perceived. Through playing the games, the children experienced how one’s unpurified senses could affect one’s perception and life condition. For example, in one of the games, the children were shown a video of a helpful old man with a prosthetic leg, who tried to stop a snatch thief who was in the midst of committing his crime. The video was paused halfway, and the children had to make a correct guess on the outcome of the old man at the end of the video. Many of the children were surprised to find out that the outcome of the old man was contrary to what they had earlier imagined it to be. They realised that the ability to discern right from wrong based solely on what one sees was not as simple as it seemed.

After the games, the children watched a video depicting the same daily life of the student in the skit, which they had seen earlier in the day, but amended with the differences in his six senses which had now been purified through his daily Buddhist practice. Using the happy life condition and appreciative reactions of the student as an example, we explored how our faith and practice enable us to purify our six senses, and allowed us to be happy and appreciative towards our environment. On that note, we learnt together that through our faith, practice and study, the persons that we are today, albeit eight years old or 40 years old, can become a strong force in our environment to spread happiness, and we, in the future can become strong pillars for our environment and the temple.

After the completion of the indoor-study session, we looked forward eagerly to an exciting outdoor activity with a visit to the farm. However, the rainy weather required that new plans had to be made. Without any dampening of our spirits, we enjoyed another series of “Round the Robin” games, which engaged everyone’s six senses, team spirits, and we supported one another to achieve the goals of each game together. For example, in one of the games, the children had to hold and manoeuvre a board with a ball, without allowing the ball to be dropped from the board. The aim of the game was to move the ball into the correct hole in the board, without touching the ball with the hands. Cheers, shouts and groans could be heard from every child, as the game was played. The Children’s Division Kenshu ended with a strong evening Gongyo together with all the parents and the children, led by Chief Priest. We look forward very much to seeing the children next year, and to even more new children attending the kenshu, making friends and sharing new experiences, and practising this compassionate and sincere Buddhist practice together.

2017年的少年部研修会在高昂的气氛中拉开帷幕。小口御尊师先陪同7 6 位少年一同读诵方便品自我偈,接着又带领少年们观看了一部描述一名普通学生日常生活的短剧。通过短剧,少年们认识到生活环境中所发生的事故会如何影响到一个人的六根,例如他所看到的、所触摸的、品尝的、闻到的、听过的和意识到的。

介绍了六根能如何影响一个人的生命之后,少年们接着玩了一系列的游戏,并在游戏中亲身体会了不净的六根将会影响每一个人的感受和生命的境界。比如,在其中一个游戏中,少年们观看了一部影片。片中一位年长男士装了义肢, 但仍见义勇为地竭力制止扒手干案。那部影片中途停顿,为的就是让少年们猜猜看那位年长男士最终会怎么做。许多少年都非常讶异,那位年长男士的做法竟然与他们所想的恰恰相反。少年们都意识到,要从一个人所见的事物来判定是非对错不是件轻而易举的事。

游戏之后,少年们再次重新观看较早前所看到的短剧。但在这一次的短剧中,那位学生的六根已通过平日的佛教修行得以净化。以片中那位学生愉悦的生命状态和感恩的心为例,他们探讨了如何能通过信心和修行来净化我们的六根,从而对他们的环境感到快乐及感激。在这前提之下,他们也学习到,通过修行和学习,不管是8岁还是40岁,他们都可以成为环境中一股强大的力量来散播幸福,而未来的他们也能成为我们环境中和寺院中坚固的支柱。

随着室内研修时段的结束, 他们个个引颈期盼着前往农场进行刺激的户外活动。不巧,天不作美,他们只好立定新的计划。他们依旧兴致高昂地玩了一轮激起每一位感官及团队精神的游戏,他们互相支持地完成每一个游戏环节的目标。比如:在其中一项游戏中,少年们必须不停地晃动板子上的一粒球,目的是在不让球落地及在不用手触碰球的情况下,让球落在板上的洞里。少年们的呻吟声、喊叫声和欢呼声随着游戏的进行,此起彼伏。

最后,御主管带领着少年们及其家长们一同奉修了强而有力的晚间勤行来结束少年部研修。我们大家都非常期盼明年能再次见到这些少年们,亦可能会有更多新的少年来参加研修,一起筑起友谊的桥梁分享宝贵的体验,一同实践这既慈悲且真诚的佛教修行。