方才說要做佛教的安老院和佛教的青年會，那麼前幾天我不是說菩薩送給我們一個大building（房子），我們可以利用這個地方，在樓下 first floor（一樓）做佛堂和禪堂、飯堂，二樓我們就做安老院，請一般老人到我們這兒來住。那麼老人來，不是叫他們吃飽了就睡覺，睡飽了又吃飯，不是這樣子；要教他們念佛，我們一定定出功課來，一天念幾支香佛。二樓是念佛，first floor（一樓）就是參禪，我們禪淨雙修。老人最好念佛，老人因為他離死的日子近了，念佛好求生西方。
Presently, it is crucial to set up Buddhist elders homes and Buddhist youth groups everywhere so that most people reap some benefit from Buddhism. Those of you at the Buddhist Lecture Hall, Sino-American Buddhist Association, and Vajra Bodhi Sea are working in these three areas. These three areas involve an infinite number of activities. You are the core group for everything right now, so you must pay particular attention to these issues. Future living beings in the world are waiting for you to save them. Therefore, don't be lazy or selfish for even a minute. No one knows how many living beings there are waiting to be saved by you, so you can't be a bit lazy. If you're lazy for a minute, they might miss the opportunity by a great eon. If you say, "Oh, forget them! I'm going to relax a bit. It'll be okay." If you meant to save living beings, yet you decided not to save them, then at least save your parents and relatives throughout infinite eons past. If you are successful, nine generations of your ancestors will enter the heavens. However, if you are unsuccessful, you will not have gained much.
Just now I said that we want to set up a Buddhist elders home and a Buddhist youth group. Well, a few days ago I also said that the Bodhisattvas gave us a large building. We could use the first floor of this building for Buddha Hall, meditation hall, and dining hall. The second floor could be the elders home. We could invite senior citizens to live here. The elders will not just come to eat and then sleep, sleep and then eat. We will teach them to recite the Buddha's name. We will set up a schedule for several periods of recitation a day. The second floor is for reciting the Buddha's name. The first floor is for meditation. We cultivate both meditation and the Pure Land practice. It's best that elders recite the Buddha's name since they are approaching the time of death. Reciting the Buddha's name make rebirth in the Western Pure Land more likely.
The third floor will be for a Buddhist youth organization. Buddhist youth will recite the Buddha's name and meditate, as well as help the aged. Each of us may be a filial son or daughter. We can practice filial respect towards all these elders who are just like our mothers and fathers. In general, they will be living much better than they would at home by a million times. We could hire a few nurses to take care of these elders. If they get sick, we can send them to Focus on Education the hospital. While professionals take care of them there, we recite the Buddha's name for them here. That is one thing.
I believe this is a good thing. I am very interested in the elderly because I am now old. I encourage this type of work and hope that you will be somewhat filial to me in the future.
December 6, 1970
In the future, let's set up an elders home for men and an elders home for women. The men and women will be separate. People will not simply live in the elders home, but they will also recite the Buddha's name and be vegetarian. This elders home will make no distinction among the Chinese, Japanese, Singaporean, Malaysian, Thai, German, and other nationalities. Elders from around the world are welcome. We will take care of them and provide them with good food and lodging. We will elect a director for the elders home, and this director will be a filial child to all of the elders, looking in on them daily to see who is in good health and who is sick. We will also have a nurse check the physical condition of these elders everyday, taking their temperature and checking to see if any of them have any accidents or problems. We will take better care of these elders than their own children would at home. As a result, these elders will be happy and start to recite the Buddha's name. Elders shouldn't be idle. If they have nothing to do, they should recite the Buddha's name and seek rebirth in the Western Pure Land. This is called Caring Elders Buddha Recitation Hall for Elders. This is in the area of elders.
We will also set up a Buddhist youth association. This associa- tion will come up with ways to propagate Buddhism and make it flourish. Since the responsibility of Buddhism rests upon young people, young adults aspire to seek enlightenment and think of ways to incorporate Buddhadharma into all levels of society and humanity in the most profound sense. It's most crucial to let the average person understand the Buddhadharma so that he or she will resolve to reach Bodhi and practice the Bodhisattva way. You young Buddhists now must all make the resolve for Bodhi and practice the Bodhisattva path in supporting the Triple Jewel. As I have said to you a number of times before, you are all here because you have made vows in the past to follow me, just like Guo Hu who vowed to follow me forever as a teacher. The vows you make in this lifetime were made in past lives gone by; that's why we meet again.
The young men's association will be on one side and the young women's association will be on the other. The young men's and young women's associations, as well as the senior men's and senior women's associations, will compete against each other to see which side is most successful. We will choose a leader from the side that accomplishes the most.