At the invitation of the
University of British Columbia (UBC) Buddhist Community, Bhikshus Heng
Tso and Heng Yuen and Bhikshunis Heng Chia, Heng Jen, Heng Yin, and
Heng Je of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association went to the
University, located in Vancouver, Canada, and delivered lectures on
January 25 and 26 to an audience of over a hundred students.
The theme of the lectures was “How
to Be Young Forever.” Students hoped to learn what kind of an attitude
they should have toward life, what values they should have, and why
they should study Buddhism.
The Dharma Masters explained that
while Buddhism helps us understand the impermanent nature of worldly
phenomena and the cause of suffering, it does not encourage a
pessimistic or helpless attitude. If we can truly practice the Buddha's
teachings, it will give us a bright future and limitless hope. Today's
society puts great emphasis on science and the pursuit of external
pleasures, but it neglects spirituality and ethics. Buddhism teaches us
that while physical youth does not last, it's important to maintain
youth of the mind and spirit. In Buddhism the emphasis is on practice.
When we learn Buddhist principles, we should try to apply them in our
daily lives. Faced with the "rat race" and stress of modern life, we
should learn to regulate our bodies and minds and to live in a balanced
and peaceful manner. Bringing forth the aspiration for
enlightenment—the Bodhi resolve—is the first step on the spiritual
At the end of the lecures, the
Dharma Masters answered questions from the audience on such topics as
cause and effect, vegetarianism, spiritual practice, and monastic life.
Finally, to conclude the two days of lectures, they sang a praise to
Guanyin Bodhisattva in English. Many of the students seemed to want to
learn more, and before leaving some of them went up to the Dharma
Masters to ask them to come back every year.