Senior Division

SENIOR CITIZENS SHARE VALUABLE EXPERIENCES 乐龄分享宝贵体验

senior1On Sunday, 31st March, Chief Priest conducted short Gongyo and shodai to commence the Senior Citizen Discussion Meeting. At the end of the chanting session, Chief Priest conveyed that he had prayed for the senior citizens to enjoy a long life, giving him the chance to see them more often. He was concerned that he would have to conduct the funeral ceremony for them one day if they were to pass away earlier and that it would be painful and difficult for him to face that moment.
The theme of this month’s meeting is “Smile”. One believer, Pamela, shared that during the past one year, Chief Priest had been telling all believers to smile courteously as a gesture of sincerity, humility and compassion.

Mrs Seah spoke of Smile in the layman poetry form:

Respect is courtesy
Sincere friendship is trustworthy
Sweet smile is being loved by everybody
Good fortune is being humble and amiable
Treasure of the heart is compassionate beauty
Treasure of the store is from pure charity
Treasure of the health is from smiles and being happy.

 This was followed by a lively and relaxing drama titled “Performing Shakubuku with Smile”.

senior2After the drama, Mdm Ong Lilian was interviewed. She shared her experience of changing her broken marriage to a happy family through her abundant Daimoku, activities in shakubuku and cleaning duties at the temple which enabled her to purify her life. She also talked about her Tozan trip in which she paid her debts of gratitude to the Dai-Gohonzon.

The next item allowed believers to engage in a  dialogue with Chief Priest. Mrs Seah started the ball rolling by asking Chief Priest for advice about her daughters who are half-hearted in faith. Chief Priest suggested that Mrs Seah encourage her daughters to get married as this would help them to leave the comfort zone and become responsible for their own familes. He explained that as life changes, her daughters would start to face thier own problems and the best solution for them would be to turn to the Gohonzon for help. This will result in the strengthening of their faith and letting them stand on their own feet.

Another believer, Rita, explained that along with her busy housework duties, her son was not chanting due to his unhappiness with her busy lifestyle. She also
shared that her daughter–in-law would not allow her children to be brought to the temple in future as she preferred to leave the choice of religion to them when they grow up. Rita also mentioned that her in-law is a Christian who did not force her own daughter to be a Christian. Chief Priest advised that such changes in attitude should start from within Rita herself and encouraged her to chant to the Gohonzon to better manage her time and lifestyle. These changes
could show her family that her life has been made more meaningful and healthier after practising True Buddhism.
At the end of the dialogue session, Chief Priest summarised by praising Mdm Ong Lillian for being a good role model to those with broken families in Singapore. He shared that the Gohonzon will protect our family if we believe in the Gohonzon whole heartedly and that chanting Daimoku to the Gohonzon will change poison to medicine

御主管于2 0 1 3 年3 月3 1日早晨1 0点带领全体信徒读诵经文与唱题。座谈会的主题是“微笑”。主管向御本尊祈念乐龄信徒能延年益寿。若有一天要给早逝的信徒举行丧礼仪式他会于心不忍,所以他希望信徒能延长寿命可有更多的时间见到大家。

秀华做了简短的叙述,这一年来主管对“微笑”的教导是:礼貌、诚恳、谦虚、慈悲、 友善、亲切、布施、健康。

senior3谢太诗意般的叙述俗人对微笑的讲法:礼貌待人皆敬爱、友善诚恳可信赖、笑口常开人人爱、谦虚亲切好运来、慈悲微笑心之财、真诚布施仓之财、每日欢笑身之财。

轻松有趣的话剧“带着微笑行折伏”,博得全场笑呵呵。

接着是现场访谈于2月27日的家访王雅金女士。她以不间断的早晚勤行与唱题并不辞辛劳挨家挨户的行折伏,清洗布教所净化生命的业障,去登山感恩,以信代慧挽回丈夫的心,重振幸福的家庭。

节目接着是“我希望与主管谈心”谢太打头阵,她告诉主管她的三个女儿不勤勉修行,主管是否能指导该怎么做?主管鼓励于谢太劝女儿早日完婚,脱离舒适的环境,成家后她在生活上会遇到问题时,自然会向御本尊祈念,那是最好不过的方法,自立会让她信心成长。

碧山的信徒问主管:“我很忙需要做很多事情,做家务又很挑剔,又要修行,做运动、看电视等等。我的孩子看我为何这么忙,还要修行得很累,我的媳妇不让我带孙子来寺院,说长大后让他自己选择信仰。媳妇的母亲是基督教徒也没有逼她信教。主管您是否可以给我指导,怎样让我的孩子与家人入信?”

主管教导“妳先要改变自己,向御本尊祈念赐与妳智慧而懂得管理时间,调整生活方式。删除一些不必要的,如运动,乘电梯时妳可提早或迟一层出电梯,爬上或走下一层楼,来开妙院提早一个站下车走路来。改变妳的生活方式证明妳通过修行能享受更有意义的生活,妳的家人也会因而跟随着妳入信。享受妳的痛苦吧!”

主管通过“谈心”节目后给于指导,他在总结时称赞王雅金女士是新加坡信徒们的模范, 她通过确信御本尊,努力地修行,得到佛的智慧,使家庭和睦,获得变毒为药的功德。

想要与主管“谈心”,讲头谢先生邀请出席者三个月后的谈心节目再参加。会议在12点25 分结束。