3:00 am 打板／起身
4:00 am-5:00 am 早課
5:00 am-5:30 am 拜願
5:30 am-6:30 am 自修（值勤學員準備早餐）
6:30 am-6:45 am 早餐
7:00 am-7:45 am 誦《大方廣佛華嚴經》
8:00 am-9:00 am 潙山大圓禪師警策文
9:30 am-10:00 am 誦楞嚴咒（三遍）
10:30 am-11:00 am 上供
11:00 am-11:45 am 午齋
11:45 am-12:30 pm 出坡
12:30 pm-1:45 pm 拜大悲懺
2:00 pm-3:00 pm 佛法開示（比丘尼恆是師主持）
3:15 pm-4:15 pm 淨土法門（比丘尼恆揚師講解）
4:15 pm-6:30 pm 自修／出坡
6:30 pm-7:30 pm 晚課
7:30 pm-9:00 pm 《佛說梵網經》（比丘尼恆貴師講解）
9:00 pm-9:30 pm 咒心
10:30 pm 安板／熄燈
|◎學員上課情形 Trainees in dass
The Dharma does not arise alone.
Relying on conditions, it is born.
The Way is not practiced in vain.
In meeting conditions, there is a response.
The First Laity Training Program for Women in Malaysia was conceived by Bhikshuni Heng Ding Shi of Prajna Guanyin Sagely Monastery, (formerly known as Tze Yun Tung Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). A request was made to the Sangha members of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA) to conduct the program, and it commenced on September 4th, ending on September 17, 2001. A total of 34 women took part in this very special program at the Monastery, with participants from Alor Star, Kedah, and Penang in Malaysia, as well as six from Singapore. And there were lay women who participated on an ad hoc basis.
On the first day, Bhikshus Heng Jang and Heng Syang Shi from Deng Bi An Temple, Kuala Lumpur, transmitted the eight precepts. The ceremony began with a formal request for Dharma by Bhikshunis Heng Tai Shi, Heng Rong Shi and five trainees. It was simple, yet adorned.
The daily training schedule was as follows:
3:30 am Morning Wake-Up Call
4:00-5:00 am Morning Recitation
5:00-5:30 am Universal Bowing
5:30-6:30 am Self-study (Trainees in charge of breakfast work in the kitchen.)
6:30-6:45 am Breakfast
7:00-7:45 am Recitation of the Avatamsaka Sutra
8:00-9:00 am Sutra study (Instructor: Bhikshuni Heng Gwei Shi)
9:30-10:00 am Recitation of Shurangama Mantra (3 times)
10:30-11:00 am Meal Offering
11:00-11:45 am Lunch
11:45-12:30 pm Community Work
12:30-1:45 pm Great Compassion Repentance
2:00-3:00 pm Dharma Lecture by Bhikshuni Heng Shr Shi
3:15-4:15 pm Pure Land Dharma by Bhikshuni Heng Yang Shi
4:15-6:30 pm Self-study/Community Work
6:30-7:30 pm Evening Recitation
7:30-9:00 pm Brahma Net Sutra by Heng Gwei Shi
9:00-9:30 pm Recitation of Heart of Shurangama Mantra
10:30 pm Lights Off
Within two weeks, all the participants were given a tremendous boost in their understanding of the Buddhadharma, and they found the program enjoyable and enriching. Heng Gwei Shi lectured on the Brahma Net Sutra; Heng Shr Shi used the Venerable Master's Dharma Talks Volume I for her lecture, and Heng Yang Shi explained the Pure Land Dharma. They were well organized and detailed, covering such basic principles as impermanence, birth and death, and the importance of holding precepts, as well as samadhi and wisdom. Our instructors were selfless and compassionate throughout the course in spite of humid tropical weather, jet lag and illness.
Trainees were divided into groups of six, each with a leader, and each group was named after one of the Six Paramitas: 1) Giving, 2) Precepts, 3) Patience, 4) Vigor, 5) Prajna and 6) Samadhi. In this way, participants were constantly reminded to walk the Buddha path by doing the Bodhisattva's work. As part of the training, tasks were assigned to them to see how they could work, communicate and cooperate with one another. Trainees learned to handle daily chores such as preparing breakfast, cooking lunch, cleaning the toilets, mopping the Buddha Hall, and preparing the meal offering. It was a great challenge. They began to understand the afflictions that could be generated while working together and attempting to complete each task in a specified time. Participants received instructions from the Sangha as well as from the group leader. Some with strong characters found it difficult to endure and were miserable throughout. Others who had servants at home tried their best to carry out their assigned tasks, though at times they looked a bit uneasy
Teachers from right to left:Heng Gwei Shi,Heng Shr Shi,Heng Yang Shi
This intensive two-week schedule took a toll on everyone physically, but mentally we were filled with Dharma jewels, and deeply touched and grateful for the teachings and discipline we received. The Venerable Master would be very happy indeed to see that his left home disciples are continuing the work of propagating the Proper Buddhadharma. He once said, "Everyone of you should work hard to make Buddhism flourish. In every move you make and every word you say, you should be thinking on behalf of Buddhism. Every person has to shoulder the responsibility of propagating the Buddhadharma. If you can cause Buddhism to prosper and flourish, then I'll be able to set my heart at ease no matter where I am." So, all the trainees as well as all Buddhist disciples should try to help in any way they can in their propagation of the Buddhadharma and cause Buddhism to prosper and flourish everywhere. Only in this way can we repay the deep kindness of our original teacher Shakyamuni Buddha.
On the last day of the program, we were showered with more Dharma rain. Heng Gwei Shi invited all the Sangha members to share how they had brought forth the Bodhi resolve to leave the home life. Every speech was an inspiration to the participants. The instructors demonstrated the lofty spirit of the late Venerable Master through adherence to the three great principles of the Gold Mountain Monastery credo:
Freezing to death, we do not scheme.
Starving to death, we do not beg.
Dying of poverty, we ask for nothing
and to the six guidelines of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas: no fighting, no greed, no seeking, no selfishness, no pursuing of personal advantage, and no lying to do the Buddha's work.
At the end of the program, trainees were awarded a certificate of participation, and Heng Gwei Shi exhorted them to take the precepts as their master and to quickly bring forth the Bodhi resolve. "Precepts are fundamentally unsurpassed Bodhi constantly nurturing all wholesome roots." Only by holding strictly to the precepts can we gain wisdom and samadhi (concentration). The trainees were also reminded to accord strictly with the Buddha's teachings in their cultivation.
"Although all living beings have the Buddha nature; it is only after being able to uphold the precepts that can one see the Buddha nature and attain complete enlightenment. "