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。