Encouragement by Sharali Sim

20180120 Sharali Sim

Speech for Coming of Age Ceremony
20-1-2018
Sharali Sim

Good evening, Chief Priest Reverend Nomura, Assistant Priests Reverend Warashina, Reverend Oguchi, and fellow believers.

First of all, I would like to express my sincere congratulations to all children, students and youths on your journey to the next level in life. Next, I would like to congratulate and thank all the parents here today for bringing your children to the temple for this coming of age and graduation ceremony.

Every step and every milestone in life is crucial because once we have passed one, we can never repeat the first experience. Therefore, we must always cling on to the Gohonzon and do our daily practice. This will help us to appreciate, treasure and have a positive mindset to do things without regrets.

As students, studying is the most important. Thus, you should try to obtain better results than others by having an earnest attitude in your daily practice. In so doing, you can manifest the goodness of practice through actual proof and slowly influence your friends by performing shakubuku to them and helping them overcome their difficulties in their studies.

When one puts priority in one’s daily practice, one has the wisdom to manage time and will not be easily affected by one’s environment (e.g. peer pressure), causing one to lose sight of what is the most essential or right thing to do.

As youths, as you grow older, you will realise that you need to shoulder more responsibilities and make more critical decisions. To do this, having a positive attitude towards everything and a strong determination of not giving up easily in whatever things we do is crucial. This can only be done if you consistently do your daily practice, chant Daimoku and conduct shakubuku.

You need to study hard and succeed if you want to increase the choices of your career in future. If you are working, you need to decide how to perform well and consider why you are working in your current job and how to contribute towards kosen-rufu. All children and youths have unlimited potential, but if you do not do your best to improve yourselves, then potential will not be realised.

Nichiren Daishonin states in “On Attaining Buddhahood”:
“Even a tarnished mirror will shine like a jewel if it is polished. A mind which is presently clouded by illusions originating from the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but once it is polished it will become clear, reflecting the enlightenment of immutable truth. Arouse deep faith and polish your mirror night and day. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.”

(MW 1-3)

As Nichiren Daishonin teaches, by improving ourselves consistently every day, the mirror of our mind can reflect everything clearly. Please visit the temple more often to learn from our Chief Priest and Assistant Priests and improve your daily faith as this is essential to your studies or work.

Thank you very much for your patience in listening.

成人式及毕业典礼
沈淑芬

野村御主管、助理御尊师藁科行是及小口御尊师、及各位信徒,大家傍晚好。

首先,我诚心地恭贺所有的少年、学生和青年,你们都将步入人生的下一个阶段。

接着,我也恭贺和感谢带着孩子前来寺院的父母们,参加今天的成人式及毕业典礼。

生命中的每一步和每一个阶段都很重要,因为一旦走过了,我们就无法重来。因此,我们必须一直紧跟着御本尊,和做好我们每日的修行。这会帮助我们去感激、珍惜和正面无悔地去处理事物。

身为学生,学业是最重要的。因此,你应该通过积极的修行,以设法得到比他人优异的成绩。借此,你就可以通过现证,显现出修行的好处,及慢慢折伏你的朋友,以帮助他们克服学业上的难题。

当我们能把日常修行放在第一位时,就有智慧去规划我们的时间,而不会轻易地被环境影响 (例如:同辈压力),而忽视了该做的首要事物或正确的事。

身为青年长大后,你会发觉你要承担更多的责任,和做出更多关键的决定。对一切需要做的事持有积极的态度,和不轻易放弃的决心是至关重要的。只有通过持续不断地实践我们每日的修行,题目和折伏,我们才能做到。

如果你想为未来的事业做选择,就得努力地学习以便达至成功。如果是你在工作,需要决定要如何表现得好,和想想自己为什么在做现任工作,和如何对广宣流布做出贡献。所有的儿童和青年都有无限的潜质。但如果你们不尽力地去提升自己,那你的潜力将不会显现。

日莲大圣人于《一生成佛抄》曰:
“譬如暗镜,若经琢磨则视之如玉,今一念无明之迷心乃未磨之镜也。若磨之,必成法性真如之明镜。应深发信心,日夜朝暮不懈磨之。如何磨之,只奉唱南无妙法莲华经,是云磨也。”

就如日莲大圣人所教示的,通过每日持续的改进和进步,我们的心之镜将一切清楚的反映出来。请时常来寺院向我们的御主管和助理御尊师们学习,和精进自己日常的信心,因为这对你的学习或工作都至关重要。

非常感谢你们耐心的聆听。