Siu Kuen’s Reflection:
After joining 4 days of Nourishing One together, I felt I found my happiness and purity back.
Although there were many profound deep teachings, contemplation, and consultation, I still felt lightness, peace, and happiness in my body and mind.
The quiet natural environment, the Dharma teachings, the energetic peaceful atmosphere, the living beings as an example, and the real practice in the monasteries, the lovely songs……I felt so grateful to learn together. I was so touched by the simple practice and lifestyle. I felt full of fulfillment, love, compassion, peace, and happiness in the retreats.
Before going to the retreats, it was too heavy for me to contemplate my sufferings, attachment, and yearning to understand the Dharma teachings every day. When I work harder in contemplation and sutra learning, I felt stressed and defeated. I have been a disappointment to myself, my life, and my practice although I got very good marks in academic results in studying Buddhist Counselling.
The beings of disciples are astonishing. They walk, eat, work, and talk with full awareness, smiles, and love. I found what I really want to have here. I felt like I am going back home.
I am a grad that I had the opportunity to have a consultation with my brothers. I had an hour talk to Brother to explore what is the meaning of earning money and true happiness. Money is necessary but not everything, which cannot buy true happiness. Although the mainstream culture encourages people to earn more. I have learned that true happiness is here and now with a compassionate, open, peaceful, and happy life. The Brother suggests I have a loving speech with my parents skilfully in years to understand my feeling and life value instead of escaping, pretending, or fulfilling blindly. It is not easy to walk on a path that rare people are going. Stay with the right livelihood and earn in happy ways with non-attachment and generosity.
I have asked questions in the Q & A section too. I asked ‘how do listen to judgment and appreciation as it is?’ Sister suggests we practice loving speech and deep listening. She also encourages us to appreciate ourselves as it is but not chase others’ appreciation. Everyone is beautiful as we are here and now. Brother reminds us to choose our way on the right path. We can listen to others’ suggestions but finally, we have to walk our own ways determinedly. I felt the right concentration( mindfulness) in fully knowing ourselves is so important to walk the right path with equanimity. Listen as just listen. Walk as just walk. Eat as just eat.
It was my honor to offer Guqin performance in the Tea ceremony. The invitation was so rushed but the Ceremony is so healing and peaceful through mindfulness practice in drinking tea, listening to music, and sharing. As a Guqin tutor, it is my dream to play music in the monastery to offer peace. I am willing to offer any Dharma service in any position. I felt grateful for the wonderful experience. One of my groupmates sent me a lovely letter. I feel truly happy in Hong Kong.With metta.
Nourishing Our Togetherness
– 2023 Spring Retreat
In Hong Kong Plum Village
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