下午安排兩場專題演講 - - 淡江大學物理系張經霖教授主講「電腦及行動電話之使用會影響健康嗎？」陳吉雄居士主講「面對當前大環境，青年人因應之道」。
Chen Jixiong,Vice Secretary of the Judicial Yuan,lectures on,"How should young people respond to the contemporary social situation?"
Professor Zhang jingling of Danjiang University speaks on,"Does the use of computers and cell phones affect one's health?"
Chang Yun-Yun of the National Palace museum speaks.
◎會員禮佛 Members bow in worship.
DRBBDS Bhikshuni Heng Tsai offers congratulations.
The U.S.-based Dharma Realm Buddhist Youth (DRBY) was first established in 2000 and the framework for the organizing committee was also set up that year. DRBY has organized several discussion groups and lectures for members and has received a very positive response. In Taiwan, through the diligent efforts of the Dharma Masters and laypeople, the Taiwan branch of the Dharma Real Buddhist Youth was formally established on August 25 (Saturday). It is hoped that the establishment of the Taiwan branch will provide young people with an environment conducive to soul-searching and spiritual growth, thereby helping them to realize their inherent talents and wisdom.
On day of DRBY’s inception in Taiwan, the Dharma Realm Buddhist Books Distribution Association departed from the norm by using simple decorations (banners, balloons, and cloth puppets, etc.) to welcome the delegates so that they would feel a sense of gaiety and freshness.
During the opening address, a Dharma Master said, “Young people should take advantage of the time when they are young and energetic to contribute more to society, benefit living beings and assist in charitable causes. To help society is to help oneself.” After the Dharma Master’s address, the delegates read aloud DRBY'S mission statement, origin, objectives and regulations from the organization's Handbook, so everyone could have a basic idea of how a DRBY branch is formed.
Before lunch, the Dharma Masters explained the meaning of the Meal Offering ceremonies so members could better understand Buddhist rituals. The cooks prepared a delicious vegetarian lunch and afternoon tea that suited the tastes of young people. After lunch, the conference organizers arranged for some spiritual music, singing sessions, and other activities to uplift everyone's spirits.
Two lectures were held in the afternoon. Professor Zhang Jingling gave the first lecture, entitled, "Does the use of computers and cell phones affect one's health?" Upasaka Chen Jixiong gave the second lecture on "How should young people respond to the contemporary social situation?"
The conference organizers also provided all the delegates with the Venerable Master's Sutra commentaries and other DRBA publications appropriate for their age. Amidst the friendly farewells of the youth delegates from all over Taiwan, the Opening Conference of the Taiwan Branch of Dharma Realm Buddhist Youth came to a close.
Aspirations and Thoughts of the Delegates
YE WAN-RU (SENIOR in COLLEGE):
I am very happy to take part in this Opening Conference of the Taiwan Branch of Dharma Realm Buddhist Youth. I came north to attend this event and when I arrived at the DRBA doorstep, I was greeted by a group of smiling volunteers who were there to welcome all the young people. I felt very touched and happy Seeing so many Dharma Masters, parents, laypeople, volunteers, and friends of all ages who came to attend the conference, everyone was very happy.
I benefited greatly from the lecture, "How should young people respond to the contemporary social situation?" I will be graduating next year and will have to choose between working and furthering my studies. In Taiwan, the unemployment rate is high and it's not easy to find a job. So how should I prepare myself? I should concentrate on my strengths, work hard, improve my knowledge, and learn a trade. I should keep working hard and not be afraid of hardship. I should always humbly seek other peoples' advice and contemplate my own nature.
The idea that the "ten Dharma realms are not beyond a single thought" is truly wonderful. One's thoughts should be benevolent; one should be broadminded and never lose one's temper. If one is compassionate and good-hearted, things will definitely turn out according to one's wishes. The Dharma Master taught us that to be filial means not to cause our parents to worry unduly. Young people have a responsibility towards society and the country and are encouraged to integrate the Buddhadharma into their lives. Now that we are in the prime of youth, we must grasp the opportunity and not pass the time in vain.
Prof.Chang sheng-Chi of the Yang Ming School of Medicine answers questions.
DRBBDS volunteer Tuan Yu-Hua leads the group in singing.
During the selection process, I was selected as a committee member. I am very fortunate to assume the position of coordinator and to have the chance to be of service. As we are the first committee, we must establish good regulations and set a good example. If there are mistakes, we must rectify them and make improvements. All members must be united and delve deeply into Buddhist principles and learn from each other. We must abide by our goals, regulations and working principles. It is only by setting a good example that we are able to help others and attract many more young people to join our organization. We must use our warm-heartedness, sincerity, learning, compassion and wisdom to help other people.
At the beginning, we have a lot of things to work out. I hope that everybody will be spontaneous and help out wholeheartedly. In anything that we do, we must abide by the principles of no fighting, no greed, no seeking, no selfishness, no pursuing of personal advantage and no lying.
LI ZHI-HAN (COLLEGE GRADUATE):
This undertaking is also a responsibility! I have always envied those young laypeople who accompanied the Venerable Master in the past. They were able to receive earnest teachings from a wise mentor and to advance diligently, work hard and grow up together in the Buddhadharma. This is why I was absolutely delighted when I heard about the establishment of the Taiwan branch of Dharma Realm Buddhist Youth!
In this materialistic age when people love to fight and are preoccupied with the pursuit of power and extravagant luxuries, the virtues of "humaneness, righteousness, ethics, wisdom, filiality, fraternity, loyalty and trustworthiness" have long been left in the dust and forgotten. The great matter of birth and death is deemed insignificant as compared to mundane things like fame and wealth. Comparatively speaking, peoples' hearts have become more and more hollow and superficial. It is precisely because of this that social ills have emerged unabated, criminals have become increasingly younger every year and all sorts of troubles have appeared without end.
"I do not seek comfort and happiness for myself, but only wish that living beings could leave suffering." This is the exemplary model that the Venerable Master has given us. As his disciples, it is all the more important that we should strive towards this goal. Therefore, in the face of the current social turmoil, we should be like pure gold smelting in the furnace and be a firm pillar in the current of these turbulent times. We must diligently learn the Buddhadharma, walk on the right path, and set an example for all living beings. This is what we should undertake and it is also a responsibility that we should shoulder.
Today, the establishment of the Taiwan branch of Dharma Realm Buddhist Youth does not merely represent the formation of an organization. It serves to remind each and every member of the organization that, faced with great social ills, we as Buddhist youth should assume the responsibility of purifying peoples' minds and setting straight social mores. In order to achieve great tasks, we should begin by cultivating ourselves. We should follow the Venerable Master's teachings and steadfastly cultivate filiality, fraternity, loyalty, trustworthiness, propriety, righteousness, incorruptibility, and a sense of shame. We ourselves must live up to the Six Great Guiding Principles of no fighting, no greed, no seeking, no selfishness, no pursuit of personal advantage, and no lying.
In everything that we do, we must first apply effort in our own minds and build up a character befitting a Buddhist youth. Only then we will have the potential to influence others!
KUO CHONG-REN (MILITARY):
Although the establishment of the Taiwan branch of Dharma Realm Buddhist Youth did not occur with great fanfare, it still required a lot of preparatory work by the Dharma Masters and our Dharma brothers and sisters. When the Dharma Master delivered the opening address, I was very moved. In today's materialistic society, some forty to fifty young people have defined their goals in life by joining the Buddhist Youth Organization to seek transcendental wisdom. They have embraced an attitude of warm-heartedness, sincerity, learning, compassion and wisdom in order to build a bright future for everyone.
This Buddhist youth group has been established as a result of ripening conditions that have brought all of us together in this grand conference. We have taken the first step and there are many things that still need to be done. As I do not have prior experience, I feel that this is a new challenge. I am thankful for this opportunity and I will try my best to learn as much as possible.
KE YI-QAN (COLLEGE GRADUATE):
I am very happy to have this opportunity to attend the Opening Conference of the Taiwan branch of Dharma Realm Buddhist Youth. From reading two essays in the delegates' handbook at the start of the conference, we now understand the causes and conditions, as well as the importance, of setting up this Buddhist youth organization. This activity allows young people to understand what they should and should not do, and also enables them to give rise to the Bodhisattva mind and thereby contribute to society.
Just after I started working, I have had the affinities to study the Buddhadharma together with a group of friends and young people about my age. This is indeed a rare occasion and privilege.
When I was studying for my Master's degree, I did not have the experience of being a coordinator. Now that I have been nominated as one, I feel rather apprehensive. Perhaps it is due to the kindness and compassion of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Venerable Master and Dharma Masters that I have the opportunity to learn.
DRBY member You Shu-Ting,student of Zhongshan University,expresses her thoughts.
LIAO ZHI-QIANG (COLLEGE FRESHMAN):
One fine Saturday morning (August 25), I went to the Buddhist Book Distribution Association with a group of friends. On entering the Buddha Hall, we were greeted by many young and older friends. They enthusiastically asked what they could do to help and invisibly created an atmosphere of happiness.
In the afternoon, Professor Zhang lectured on "the effect of radiation on human health." I benefited greatly from his simple explanation. Following that was the election of committee members and coordinators. The discussion, though serious, was filled with laughter and everyone felt like one big family. As a member of society; we should plant blessings, however small or great. It is because of our affinities that we have joined the Buddhist youth organizations. By contributing more to the organization, we also plant blessings for ourselves.
LU GUAN-YU (HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR):
The establishment of the Taiwan branch of Dharma Realm Buddhist Youth is a very meaningful event. It has infused the Dharma Realm with a youthful spirit.
The objective of the Buddhist youth organization is to gather young people of different backgrounds and abilities so that, while engaging in mutual help and play, they may apply Buddhist principles to their lives. Even though the Taiwan branch has been set up, we are still very inexperienced. However, after seeing how lively and enthusiastic are these young people of about my age, as well as those who are younger or who are already working, I feel that our Buddhist youth organization will be a very cohesive society.
My experience on that day left a lasting impression on my mind. I hope that in the future, more people will come forward and join the Buddhist youth organization so that our activities will be livelier.
SHE WAN-YU (COLLEGE FRESHMAN):
The Buddhist youth organization is a very meaningful group. Its aim is to introduce more young people to the Buddhadharma. If people are more familiar with the Buddhadharma, they will refrain from committing evil. Once they realize that there is cause and effect and understand how frightening karma can be, they will do good deeds instead of bad ones.
If more people have benevolent thoughts instead of doubt and hatred, the world would be less violent and more harmonious, with fewer disasters and more peace and happiness. This is especially pertinent in today's commercial society where people are drifting apart from one another and are only interested in self-gain. At this point in time, when people are driven by their desires for money and power, the establishment of this Buddhist youth organization may guide these lost sheep back to the right path.
After all, young people are the pillars of a nation. If the pillars are weak and crooked, how can the nation prosper?
Right now, citizens feel insecure. We have lost the economic power that we were once proud of. The political turmoil and the effects of pornography and drugs are increasing day by day. If we young people do not wake up, this nation will perish very soon.
Then who will lead the young people out of this miasma so that they will not suffer the collective retribution of living beings? Only the Bodhisattvas' great kindness, compassion and wisdom could save us!
I am very thankful for the establishment of this Buddhist youth organization. I believe that it will lead us onto the path of wisdom. I also hope that more and more people will join us and receive the nourishment of the Buddhadharma, which is like sweet dew that can revive and invigorate the parched minds of young people.
Venerable Master's Dharma Words
People who understand their minds are free from delusion. Those who see their inherent nature have no worries. Their minds resemble a clear mirror, or still water.