2022年5月28日傍晚，印尼佛教大廈内由佛教中心協會舉辦衛塞研討大會暨菩薩互助協會抽獎文藝晚宴。衛塞研討大會禮請慧雄大師父、七振法師、林鐵峰居士。每位由20分鐘的專題演講。在壇教師林居士Emil Atmadjaya開頭介紹七振法師畢業於台灣淨覺僧伽大學、斯里蘭卡佛教碩士。 當今在摩訶般若佛教大學接任為教授。
On the evening of May 28, 2022, the Indonesia Buddhist Center Association held the Vesak Seminar and the “Bodhisattva Mutual Aid Association”Gala feast in the Mahavira Buddhist Building. The Vesak Seminar invited Most Venerable Hui Xiong, Venerable Qizhen, and Mr Lin Tiefeng, each to give a 20-minute keynote speech. With Mr Emil Atmadjaya’s introduced of Venerable Qizhen graduated from Jingjue Sangha University in Taiwan and a master’s degree in Buddhism in Sri Lanka. He is now a professor at Mahaprajna Buddhist University.
This year the Vesak theme: “Achieve highest joy of Liberation through Compassion.”
Venerable Qizhen talked about the practice of Buddha Dharma through Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra (Sanskrit) sutra. By generating bodhicitta and attain Bodhi path. In regardless our enemies or benefactors and all sentient beings, all practices we do must achieve the most complete and solemn Bodhi.
印尼佛教中心協會總會長 慧雄大師父 談述衛塞的主題。全求超過一億佛教徒在衛塞參加慶祝大會，通過各種形式：研討、禪坐、誦經來思維佛法，希望得到衛塞的佛法加持力。
The President of Indonesian Buddhist Center Association Most Venerable Hui Xiong was talking about the theme of Vesak, saying that more than 100 million Buddhists participated in the celebration on this day of Vesak, through various forms of events such as seminars, meditation, and chanting. All Buddhists hope to get the blessing of Dharma from Vesak.
As a Buddhist,first of all, we must truly understand the Buddhadharma and believe in cause and effect. Everything in the world is impermanent. If you don’t have the correct concept in your faith and solely think that doing good deeds will be blessed, however this is not enough. While doing good deeds, one must cultivate compassion and will, and generate bodhicitta to achieve all the karma, you will get the supreme blessings. To learn Mahayana Buddhism and worship on Avalokitesvara, Ksitigarbha, Manjushri, and Samantabhadra Bodhisattvas is to imitate the compassionate wish of all the bodhisattvas. When our beliefs have compassion, and all the good deeds we do will save sentient beings by imitating the great compassion of Avalokitesvara Guanyin Bodhisattva, we should also thank all sentient beings for giving me the opportunity to plant a field of blessing. We usually worship Avalokitesvara Guanyin Bodhisattva to seek induction, gain, and request. At the same time, we lose our nature.
In Buddhism all things are empty of intrinsic existence and nature, it adds nothing to, and takes nothing away from. So with the prejudice of being arrogant and paranoid, there will be infinite pain and suffering. Worshiping Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva does not mean just do a prayer for the deceased,the important point is to learn the filial piety and great compassion of the Bodhisattva. A bodhisattva wishes to help all beings attain nirvana. Recognizing that all beings have been our father and mother, therefore his filial piety is to every sentient being, treat all human being equally. and treats all sentient beings as if they were our parents in the past, present, and future.
What we believe in is to do good deeds in order to get benefits in return. This is the field of blessings in the world. If you do good deeds, there will naturally be good cause and effect, but because of your persistence, the blessings are limited. What you get today may be lost in a moment. The blessing in the world is impermanent, and the infinite changes will bring infinite pain in life. Therefore, to learn Mahayana Buddhism, one must develop bodhicitta through the wisdom of emptiness, be a humanistic bodhisattva and practice the bodhisattva way, and serve the interests of the public first. At the same time, the blessings we receive are infinite. Only the spirit of giving, contributing and inclusiveness can bring infinite joy.
Finally, Most Venerable emphasized that the way of the Bodhisattva should be done through generosity. Learning to help others ,takes the spirit of fearless giving.
Second, priya-vādita-saṃgraha(Sanskrit), one of catvāri saṃgraha-vastūni(Sanskrit),is a kind and soft language, It should not be flattering and seductive words. We can say words of joy and admiration to others, and words of consolation when we see others sad. Let others trust and spread good deeds. When others are disappointed, give them soft words, loving words, and words of encouragement. The speech is to give people hope, tolerance, and solemn belief in the Bodhisattva.
Third, artha-caryā-saṃgraha (Sanskrit), is to do good deeds; all good deeds are done to benefit others without expecting anything in return. It is beyond the standard of the ordinary world, abandoning self-interest,taking what others encounter as what you have suffered, whether it is kind to you, or resentful to you, like you, hate you. Treat People equally who are good to you and those who are not good. Cultivate wisdom to observe, as long as you can do things that benefit the public and give people hope, you will practice the concept of humanistic bodhisattvas. Fourth, samānārthat-saṃgraha(Sanskrit),different people have different feelings about different things. We should put ourselves in the shoes of others, feel the feelings of others, suffer and enjoy, so that others can get closer to us, and take the opportunity to spread the good Dharma and good deeds. In the group life, a humanistic bodhisattva in the world must be able to tolerate, sacrifice oneself. When we give with joy, you get more joy than ordinary joy. Clinging on your own interests will only bring you pain.
Mr. Sugianto Kwan from the preparatory committee presented souvenirs to the three seminar speakers. At 7:00 pm, with the ethnic Buddhist dance “Vesak Joy Dance” marking the start of the celebration. The guest of honor, social and Buddhist leader Mr. Didi Dawi delivered a speech, all activities had banned for 28 months since the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. Today, it is a very meaningful event to celebrate the Vesak seminar. He talked about his own experience:
I have helped one person, and I have been successful for nearly ten years, helping him to get to university, and hoping him can help and contribute to the society, but what I got in the end turned out to be a ruthless encounter.
I often use things that haven’t happened as a starting point, because my outlook on life is as long as I have helping others, making contributions, and benefiting others, I feel very gratified. So the pain in the world comes from what we only want to have and achieve but we don’t know how to give. If we often make sacrifices with our hands, and give to society and life, through the spirit of helping and devoting, we will live in freedom and joy and free ourselves from troubles. Giving is more satisfying than taking. It is especially emphasized that today’s Vesak Seminar is a very meaningful celebration of Vesak Day.
The Women’s Buddhist group, Buddhist dance group and the Youth group to present a vegetarian cuisine to the guests. Several artists sang Buddhist songs.
Thereafter the abbot led the Sangha and guests, the presidium, and committee members to pray for the disaster to be eliminated, safe and healthy.
The dance class presented the “Praise of Amitabha Heart Mantra” end tonight’s celebration and wishing everyone infinite life, and infinite light. At last but not least,the abbot led the crowd to sing two Buddhist songs to make offerings to the Three Jewels, and to establish a good affinity with the assembly.