2017年8月18日

美國菩薩寺監獄弘法


菩薩寺特別監獄佈教行腳
菩薩寺進行監獄弘法活動已經有二十多年的歷史了。在全加州所有的34所監獄中,菩薩寺到現在為止,已經去過22所監獄的弘法活動。

由於我們這幾年來孜孜不倦地努力到監獄弘法,成績斐然。最近,承蒙Sacramento加州監獄總部賜給菩薩寺一個特別優待,准許我們去加州所有監獄弘法。因此,在不久的將來,我們就可以去造訪全加州所有的監獄了。為了實現我們傳播佛法給更多在鐵窗內的法友的使命,我們正在規劃額外的行程到更多新的獄所去弘法。

這些額外的行程需要從聖地牙哥市出發開更遠的路程,以及和所有這些獄所保持密切的聯絡來引薦我們的活動。因為這些新的獄所我們從未造訪過,我們也需要增設僧團,並捐贈許多法會所需的佛陀塑像、法器、絲絹蓮花以及佛教書籍給他們內部的圖書室、菩薩寺深信「有志者事竟成」這句話在各種不同環境都能適用。因此,我們誠摯地邀請大家來共同參與,來共襄盛舉,支持並贊助此一極有意義的活動。數目不拘,如蒙捐助,支票抬頭請寫:

IBS,並請寄到以下地址:
IBS, 9715 Carroll Center Rd, Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92126
或者如方便,也可以使用 PayPal 帳號捐贈,請按以下網站:
http://www.ibstemple.org/donate

我們也歡迎大家和我們聯絡:
電話: 619-450-3699
電子郵件: zhongibs@hotmail.com

以下是這次監獄佈教行腳的安排:
1. 8-21 Calif. Rehabilitation Centre in Norco
2. 8-22 Calif. Men's Colony SP
3. 8-23 Corcoran SATF
4. 8-24 Sierra Conservation Centre
5. 8-25 Meeting with Superintendent community resources manager in Sacramento
6. 8-26 Folsom SP
7. 8-27 Calif. SP in Represa
8. 8-28 Calif. Medical Facility
9. 8-29 Calif. SP in Solano
10. 8-30 Calif. SP in San Quentin
11. 8-31. Youth Correctional Facility
12. 9-1 Valley SP
13. 9-2 Corcoran SP
14. 9-3 Calif. Institution of Women in Chino

菩薩寺衷心感謝大家的支持。願諸佛菩薩親臨加被檀那一切順遂。
🙏🏼🙏🏼

2017年8月7日

IBS Prison Program



Today I would like to introduce one of the former students of IBS Prison Sangha. His name is Christopher Wagner, one of the good Buddhist practitioners in the Iron Temple. After 17 years of his retreat in the Iron Temple, he is a free man again. He took three refuges and 5 precepts a long time ago and became a vegetarian. He visited the IBS Temple in San Diego to give his thanks for supporting him during his retreat in the Iron Temple. I think the credit goes to all our supporters and volunteers. Here he would like to share how he met IBS in prison and what kind of changes he had.

This is IBS Prison Program's first video of interviewing a brother. I hope that you share it with your friends and those who have been part of this program. Also, don't forget to drop a comment. IBS would like to share more videos and articles about how Buddhism really benefiting them during their incarceration. Again, thanks for being part of this meaningful program.  Amituofo

2017年8月1日

美國菩薩寺監獄弘法


自願無怨 @文.開照
美國社會重視人民的奉獻和服務精神
在文化教育信念下
「沒做過義工,得不到社會尊重。」
小孩子從小形成了這樣的認知
volunteer Chaplain (義工傳教師)
是指人們志願貢獻個人的時間及精力
在不為任何物質報酬的情況下,
為改善社會服務、
促進社會進步而提供的服務
美國加州-聖地牙菩薩寺,顯中法師,無盡悲願,自願成為監獄volunteer work(義工).華盛頓州,俄勒岡州三十三間監獄,成立獄中圖書館,總共已有103 所圖書管,讓受刑人從閱讀中認佛教,不定期到獄中弘法.
漫長的日子,一切皆是親身而去做.
駕駛著車,車內戴著他的早午餐食物.
由於監獄偏遠,一出門不是一天,一所監獄,有時一星期、二星期等.
由於入獄一整天,他必須在於較便宜的旅館下自備好午餐,在獄中使用.
在人手及經濟上不足下,安忍無怨,繼續不忘為「受刑人」送上「書本」及「關懷」到獄中.令囚友感動.

美國政府有「讚助沾貼」
但要通過申請,也未必獲得
日常開銷靠有心人士自願讚助
有時候,遇到「勺難」
不是「囚友」
卻來自獄中的工作人員.

所需文件呈了上去,處理或沒處理
當他到了「獄門安檢處」
才知道沒被處理好,即不能進
但他依然安忍去面對.
這次與他同行12天
見證了他的用心
全程替我安排及打點一切
當我司機,替我凖備早午餐
包括翻譯
回顧自己從1988年在
馬來西亞入獄教化受刑人
如今從亞洲跨國到西方國家來
顯中法師身影及他面臨問題
感同身受
從他身上,看到他的悲願
遇到阻礙,堅持是他的原則
面對文化不同,爭取是他的責任這一切,莫過為了
讓受刑人多一些機會學佛
對他而言,自願無怨
那是因為心中的悲願
是他最大的安慰.
你的發心與支持
無論在捐款,或在精神上的支持
讓「受刑者」與「獄中傳教法師」
感受到您的心動,留在他們心中,
有無限感動
護持監獄佈教捐款
可以聯絡他們,或直接寄支票至以下
菩薩寺地址:9715 Carroll Centre Rd #105 San Diego CA 92126
支票抬頭:IBS
電話:619-450-3704
電郵: zhongibs@hotmail.com
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2017年7月28日

IBS Prison Program


7/27/17
The California Health Care Facility – Stockton (CHCF) is an intermediate-level medical and mental health care facility for patient-inmates within the California state prison system which we visited today. We have been visiting this prison for 5 years. We used to visit the sick inmates from building to building. Now we only run the regular services in the chapel instead. There are about 35-43 brothers at this facility who practice Buddhism.


Today several brothers shared their incarceration experience in prison. Brother A has six more years to go before he can release from prison. He has three kids being taking care of by his parents. He said that his ex-wife is not taking good care of the kids. He wishes that he can go out before his parents passing so he can spend some time with them and reciprocate with what they did for his children.

Another brother also shared his life story. He said that he grew up in an alcoholic family. When he was a child, his father used to be drunk 24/7. He did not get love and affection from parents, especially when he was so young. He could not understand what is the right way of living. That's how he got in trouble and end up in the prison. He said that he is fortunate to encounter the Buddha Dharma in the prison where he learns a lot of good things. Now he knows much better about the essence of life. He said that he will practice as much as he can during this life time. Even though he was sentenced for-life, but he hopes that one day he gets a chance to parole.
After listening to all these touching experiences from different brothers, Ven. Kai Zhao gave a talk on meditation and its benefit. He said," There are many things we can't control in our life. What we can do is try to live in the present moment that will reduce our suffering and bring some peace of mind. If you practice well, it will lead you to free from all kinds of suffering. Living in now is very difficult because our mind gets used to wonder.You need to train your monkey mind every day. Start with relaxing your body and try to focus on your breathing. You can count from 1 to 8 over again and again while you breathe in. Whenever your thoughts lead you to the past memories or future dreams, don't forget to bring back to your breathing and focus there." Everyone got to practice meditation with Venerable for 30 minutes during the services. The feedback from all the brothers was extremely positive. It was another fruitful day with brothers at Stockton Karuna Sangha. Amituofo.

2017年7月23日

Prison Visitation Program

7/23/17

Avenal Prison is about an hour and 20 minutes away from Delano City. Today IBS team went to visit Avenal Karuna Sanghas at Avenal State Prison. There are 6 different yards at this prison. We only got to visit C, D, E, and F today. The brothers were so happy to see us, especially Ven. Kai Zhao after not seeing him for an entire year.


We started our services at C yard. This yard used to have 12-15 people 4 months ago. Now three people are left and only brother Dustin showed up for the service. Even though there was only one brother, we still ran the service as usual. He was so happy to have been the only one in class for today’s service. Ven. Kai Zhao gave him some tips on how to practice meditation in day-to-day life.

Brother Dustin is a very dedicated and genuine practitioner. He has 阿彌陀佛 and OM Mani Padme Hum Tattoo on his face. Today, we got to ask him why he has those tattoos on his face. He told us that having a tattoo is very common in the prison. 99% of brothers have a tattoo on their body in the prison world. He also mentioned that if someone has a tattoo on their face like he does, that person wants to tell everyone that he is very serious about it. He told us that his life is different now because of learning Buddhism; therefore, he drew the Buddha’s name and mantra tattoo on his face. He shared with us that he was raised Catholic, but wanted to let everyone know that he has changed because of Buddhism, therefore, he got those tattoos on his face. I was so touched by his seriousness about learning Buddhism. May he be always on the path of cultivation.


Venerable talked about meditation at all 4 Sanghas. He explained in detail about walking, sitting and Metta meditation. Everyone enjoyed the teaching by Venerable. Each Sangha was blessed by Ven. chanting in Pali. We had another fruitful day at all Avenal Karuna Sanghas. Amituofo _()_

2017年7月17日

協助受刑人修行



謝謝您們,相信一切眾生都具有佛性,並且一直的護持美國菩薩寺的監獄弘法,因為您們的慈悲,監獄化成了一座又一座清淨莊嚴的道場。因為您們的智慧,那些曾經在黑暗中迷失的心靈重新找回了光明。

也因為您們的護持,美國菩薩寺監獄弘法的活動才能夠持續向前邁進更多更廣。

乘著您們的慈悲與智慧願力,經過多年的努力,克服種種的困難,我們已經順利走入22所監獄,受刑人因為親眼見法師的到來,親耳聽聞珍貴的佛法,不禁流下了感謝與感動的淚水。佛菩薩和諸位護法的慈悲有如黑暗中的火炬,溫暖了幽暗冰冷的心靈,也因為您們堅信他們仍有著佛的種子,為他們絕望的生命點燃了希望之火,讓他們獲得學習佛法和悔過自新的機會,並得以依循著佛法的指引,真誠地懺悔過失,改正自己,化火焰為紅蓮。

  
由於您們的發心護持,我們已經在監獄裡成立103間佛教圖書館,讓監獄的法友能夠隨時透過閱讀佛典及相關著作,從思想上建立正知正見;並協助法友們在獄中成立共修的僧團,教導他們如何在實修上精進,真正地在生活裡實踐佛法。而他們也瞭解到即使身處囹圄,仍然能夠把握珍貴的人身,精進修行,發起菩提心,將來回到社會中,不但能夠成為安定社會的力量,也願意學習菩薩的胸懷,利益一切眾生,以回報十方慈悲佈施的恩德。

感恩您們相信「一切眾生皆具如來智慧德相」,我們也確信,監獄弘法的志業將會不斷地持續下去,直到所有眾生成佛為止。

然而監獄的法友們並沒有收入,無法負擔監獄弘法的費用,因此美國菩薩寺監獄弘法的活動向來都只有支出,行走各個監獄的經費,包括路途上的旅費、路費和餐費等必要的開支僅僅是依靠諸位大德而得以維持,因此,懇請世界各地的護法居士們持續鼎力護持,為獄中的受刑人法友們燃燈引路,美國菩薩寺作為是諸位大德的「信差」,將諸位大德的「火炬之光」帶進監獄裡,為法友們燃起前路之光,向菩提之路邁進。

近期的監獄弘法活動即將展開,由聖地牙哥至山克拉門都,共計十二家監獄,我們禮請馬來西亞的開照比丘一同前往,行程如下:
7/20 Driving San Diego to Delano
7/21 SATF Corcoran and North Kern State Prison
7/22 Wasco State Prison
7/23Kern Valley State Prison
7/24 Avenal State Prison
7/25 Pleasant Valley State Prison
7/26 Mule Creek State Prison
7/27 California Health Care Facility
7/28 DVI State Prison
7/29 Salinas Valley State Prison
7/30 Valley State Prison
7/31 CCI Tehachapi State Prison
我們將會每天跟各位報告弘法活動的內容,諸位菩薩們的捐款每分每毫都會用到監獄佈教活動中。

滴水可成河,積沙可成塔,感恩您們願意化為一盞「無盡燈」,「燃百千燈,冥者皆明,明終不盡。」讓佛光持續照亮晦暗的鐵圍,也為這個世界帶來更多的光明與希望。不盡感恩!

衷心祈願~
佛光普照,願世界永遠遍滿光明與希望。

願所有眾生皆能離苦得樂,早成佛道。

護持監獄佈教捐款可以聯絡我們,或直接寄支票至以下
菩薩寺地址:9715 Carroll Centre Rd #105 San Diego CA 92126
支票抬頭:IBS
電話:619-450-3704
電郵: zhongibs@hotmail.com
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感謝您的支持。如需要扣稅收據,請告知地址與姓名,感恩護持,阿彌陀佛🙏

2017年7月10日

DHARMA IN PRISON




Life is different for everyone. We may be sharing the same planet but living in different worlds. What causes us to have all these different varieties of lives, looks, and even different feelings, perceptions and views towards all phenomena? I guess it’s all because of different Karma we create in our day-to-day life. Where we live, what we do, how we feel, what we have, what we know, where we go, all these came from our karmic connection. 





Doesn’t matter which corner of this world you are living in if you have karmic connections. You will keep in touch or work together with connected people in many ways. Benny and LieLy are a Buddhist couple who live in Indonesia, I am sure there is a very auspicious karmic connection with us. Around 5-6 years ago, during our fist meeting in Los Angeles, I introduced them to the IBS in USA, and the work in propagating Buddha Dharma in many state prisons in California. Since then this couple has been supporting IBS Prison Program in many ways. On behalf of Iron Temple Sangha, I would like to thank them for their support. 


Early this year Benny again asked me to apply for prison gate clearance for his wife, his son and himself. I was so happy that they not only support our program but also wanted to visit the Buddhist brothers in prisons. I applied for three different institutions in California. We only got the clearance for one prison, which was Wasco State Prison. I would like to say thanks to Mrs. Sabrina Lynch, the Community Resource Manager (CRM) of Wasco State Prison, for her kind help with the gate clearances.  



It was 9am in the morning when we got to the Wasco State Prison. We went to CRM office to meet Sabrina and she escorted us in to the Institution. Usually we meet in the chapel, but this time she arranged us to meet in the gym because there were more than 70 people signed in for the class. When we got in the prison, some of the brothers were already released from the program. We went into the gym and started to setup the altar for the service. At the same time many brothers came in and helped us arrange the chairs and PA system. Because it was right after the 4th of July, there was a shortage of officers in the yard. Therefore there was a delay to get every brother on time for the service. 




After a Q&A session around 9:45am we started our service. First we introduced our guests Mr. and Mrs. Luhur to the Sangha. Brothers were so happy to know that they have been supporting the IBS Prison Program for a long time. I can tell their faces were full of happiness. I understand that why they have such a happy feeling because whatever they are learning and getting benefits, they are from these kind people. Meditation and the Buddhist education program are really helping them relieve stress and enhance their spiritual practice. During our service, we had a Dharma talk, meditation, and Q&A. At the end, Benny and LieLy presented them with gifts of book for all the brothers who participated in the program. Even though it was a little hot and noisy in the gym, we enjoyed the service with our guests and brothers. 


This was not the first visit to prison for Benny, so he know what the prison looks like but it was first visit for LieLy to the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. I was so eager to hear from LieLy’s experience after visiting this prison. Right after we came out from the prison. I asked LieLy, “What did you experience visiting these brothers”? She said, “It is hard to tell that these people committed crimes, they look like normal people on the street. It was a completely different experience than what I expected." I was happy to hear such positive feedback from LieLy.  Yes, that is true that these brothers are normal people like us. But when negative karma dominates us, we act abnormal. Once I said, “THERE ARE NO BAD PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD, BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO MAKE MISTAKES OUT OF IGNORANCE."  When the condition is there, our karma compels us to act in certain way.  May all sentient beings are free from sufferings and causes of suffering.