THE BODHI STAND
Upasaka Fu Leung-chue was born on
July 23, 1907, in Ts'ao Yang county, Hupei province, China. He graduated from
Hupei Normal School and the Culture College of Nan Ching. He also graduated from
Central Army Academy and has held the rank of Major General, serving in the
Hupei district for many years.
Fu has been active in Taiwanese Government for decades, serving as a county
representative, holding the position of Chief of Military Politics, and
participating on various official committees.
childhood Upasaka Fu was influenced by his teachers and parents to study the Buddhist
teachings. Due to the lofty example
set by his teachers and elders, he came to have firm belief in Buddhism at an
early age. Eventually he became a disciple of the Elder Great Master Hsu Yun.
Later in his life he began to cultivate the Ch'an and Pure Land schools and has
continued to do so for more than forty years.
When the Venerable Master Hua went
to Taiwan in response to requests that he lecture the sutras and speak Dharma,
Upasaka and Upasika Fu had the opportunity to meet the Master and to learn of
the activities of the Sino-American Buddhist Association.
This summer Upasaka Fu and his wife
visited Gold Mountain Monastery to pay their respects to the Venerable Master
and join the assembly in study and practice. Upasaka Fu and his wife visited the
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and spent several days there enjoying the peace of
the pure Way-place. They were especially delighted by the flavor of Ch'an
inherent in the Venerable Master's Wonderful Dharma, and expressed the hope that
in the future they could join the Venerable Master's assembly and constantly sit
at the Master's feet to study the mysterious and wonderful aspects of Ch'an. The
Fus were interested in plans for the development of
the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and stressed the necessity for each and every
Buddhist to accept responsibility for the world-wide propagation of the Dharma.
They pointed out that the successful development of the City of Ten Thousand
Buddhas as a world center for Buddhism will be a decisive step toward that goal.
They encouraged those of the four assemblies to work together in harmony under
the guidance of Good Knowing Advisors.
MOUNTAIN INSTILLING VIRTUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
On September 8th, 1976, classes
began at Instilling Virtue Elementary School located at 3636 Washington Street,
San Francisco. The school is concerned with the general well being and happiness
of the children and also with the society in which they live. Besides giving the
children a solid academic foundation and cultural background, it is dedicated to
lessening greed, hatred, and stupidity and
developing morality, concentration, and wisdom. Recognizing that the future of
the world lies in the hands of children, the school's basic goals are instilling
within the children an appreciation of the importance of world peace and
harmony: that we must learn to be giving and compassionate and seek to benefit
rather than to harm society. The school stresses the equality of all beings.
is an essay by an eleven-year-old student.
should you be nice to animals?
One day an old lion was being hunted
in India. He was hit by a hunter's bullet and then he fell down. Luckily, a kind
man was near by and he went to the lionís, aid. He took out the bullet,
brought the Lion into his house, bathed his wound, and put a bandage on it.
Just as, soon as he put the
bandage, on the lion the hunter knocked on the door of the kind manís house
and said, "Give me back the lion I shot."
because, you should not shoot any animal."
The hunter understood and from that
day on the hunter did not kill any animals.
Aileen Sullivan, age 11