2018年1月15日

結法緣


回憶在2011年時美國菩薩寺,發願要成立監獄內的佛學圖書館,起步有點困難,但這個志願必須要實踐,因為我們相信可以利益獄中佛子。

當時只有一個信念,「有願便會有緣,有心就會有路」。
美國菩薩寺很感謝諸位大德成就,至目前為止已經達成 105 間佛教圖書館了。當時我們佛教法寶不多,但每每想到獄中佛弟子,可以多看書丶多了解佛法,經多年以來的努力,現在法寶在獄中分流,對受刑人認識佛教幫助甚大。

緣起是因為當時走訪加州多所監獄,近距離的每星期往探訪,遠離市區的二至三個月前往一次,感慨獄中的他們很願意多學習佛法,但我還是未能每天丶每星期都跑訪呀!有感而發,那麼我網路號召師兄師姐們購買佛教書籍,和找尋結緣品,漸漸地乘佛菩薩之加被,各地善心的護持者,集結所成,我們實現了並送進監獄受刑人的法寶已超過四萬 本。

時至今日,我造訪受刑人時,他們有很多從書本中遇到的問題,我到訪时候都會提出討論。書本肯定地鞏固了他們對佛教的認識,同時也提供了他們共修指導。
現在我想更進一步將佛法更深入淺出地融入監獄中。帶進去DVD 錄製的佛學智識。
我最近欣賞了一套印度拍攝的長篇電視劇集「佛陀」,是一套描寫佛陀一生的故事,由出生丶出家學道丶覺悟成佛丶至湼槃,都作出了詳細的介紹,並且對印度古代文化習俗描寫細膩,具有教育意義。當中更有很多佛法教義。在後部份講述悉達多修行的過程與覺悟成為「覺者」後,如何感化很多惡人,改變和追隨佛陀修行。成佛以後到各地宣揚佛法,讓我們觀看時,學習到很多。當中還有包括一些佛經故事,和佛經出現的諸多大弟子,一一呈現在眼前。

所以美國菩薩寺願將這套長篇電視劇集「佛陀」送到獄中的學佛弟子們,祈望弟兄們能夠透過片集,學習悉達多太子從少便悲憫眾生的本來佛性,如何找出了生脫死的離苦之道。悉達多太子如何感悟「生老病死」之苦,和找尋解脫人生是苦之道,悉達多太子出家尋師學道,全部都拍攝得十分好,把2500年前悉達多太子活在眼前。悉達多太子對生命的探索,對人生存著的意義,乃至到「為渡眾生願成佛」的示現,在這全套電視連續劇54集中均有介紹,所以「佛陀」這個電視片集,都可以很好的學習使用。觀看時有點兒像親看佛陀傳法。

如各位大德們,想參與送贈給獄中弟兄們,供他們共修時觀看和學習。如你們能夠樂善好施,和獄中佛弟子結緣,請按以下連結購買捐贈。我們目標是50套。一般的是每所監獄裏有三至四個營,每個營區有個小教堂,供各個宗教團體共修。我希望可以順利為他們申請和設計一個共修時間,讓他們一起觀看,更加期待在獄中先學佛者,帶引更多未認識佛教者,一起來看,好讓偉大的佛陀丶令人覺醒的佛法,更深入人心,感動更多的受刑人。更多的人了解和學習。

你們可以用以下網址訂購 https://www.amazon.com/Buddha-13-dvd-set/dp/B0160KWYYS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1514873009&sr=8-2&keywords=the+Buddha+series 然後直接輸入美國菩薩寺地址,填寫郵寄至美國菩薩寺地址:12584 Sora Way San Diego CA 92129


Amazon 現時零售每套85.99 美元
訂購時:要選擇 「英文字幕」

如有需要我們代購者,可以與美國菩薩寺聯絡,我們樂意代購。
這亦是法布施,隨喜大家發心幫助獄中佛弟子們。阿彌陀佛!
注:師兄師姐們你們也可以透過 YouTube 或 Netflix 觀看,有中文字幕和英文字幕。

1. Sydny Ang: 10 sets DVDs
2. Marie Lau :  11 sets DVDs
3. 詹紫安:  1 set DVD
4.王蓮慈: 1 set DVD
5. 李晔   : 1 set DVD
6. Susanna Wong: 1 Set DVD
7. 楊和光.  : 1 set DVD
8.益西措嘉云:1 set DVD
9. 王雪霞.     : 1 set DVD
10. Yimin Yang: 1 set DVD
11. Jenjen :6 set DVD
12. Min-Min Wong 1 set DVD 
13.姚忠輝 :1 set DVD
14. Shelly Lin : 1 set DVD
15. Isabel Liu:  1 set DVD
16. Ling Ge: 1 set DVD
17. Wei Chen: 1 set DVD
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2018年1月9日

IBS Prison Program



A very short video of different sangha at different Iron Temple. it is an honor to let everyone know that IBS has been doing this for 23 years and right now we are visiting in 32 prisons. In 2018 we will cover all 36 state prisons in California. In this video, you will see the picture of different Sangha at different state prisons. Please feel free to share with your friends who supported or has been supporting to this program. Thanks _()_

2018年1月5日

Happy New Year 2018


Dear Dharma Friends,

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!  Let us leave any negativity from 2017 behind and welcome a fresh start for 2018 with hope and positivity.  Let us all learn from the trials and tribulations from the past year and avoid repeating negative thoughts and behaviors. Continue spreading love and hope with wholesome deeds for the new year ahead.

There are many things I’d like to share with everyone about what IBS in USA has accomplished in 2017.  I would like to thank everyone who has been an integral part of each and every event that we have done.  Many thanks to everyone who has supported us to buy land for our IBS Sramanera  School in Nepal.  This is not only important for IBS but also the future of many students and Dharma teachers.  There are currently 20 novice monks that are learning and practicing together.  Ever since we started this school, we have been using the rented house for residence, classrooms and training centers for students.  It is our hope that we will be able to build a home and training center for them in the near future.

I would also like to share that our IBS Prison Program has extended to 32 prisons in the state of California.  I still remember 10 years ago when I first came to the United States we only had two prisons to visit every month.  Gradually over time, we asked our dharma brothers to set up groups whenever they were transferred to other institutions.  We asked them to send us information on how to start a new program in their new prison.  That is how we extended our program gradually.  There are a total of 36 state prisons in California.  It is our hope that we can cover all these prisons by the end of 2018. Prison is not a place that anyone would envision as a good place to be or even visit.  However, IBS chose this place to help the lost souls who are searching for hope, light, and encouragement in their lives.  We are thankful to all those who have generously supported our cause over the years.  This program is growing rapidly and running smoothly because of all the compassionate people in the world.

Our Prison Program is very important not only for the incarcerated brothers and sisters but also for society overall. We as taxpayers are paying for their incarceration.  If we can help them to be released earlier, that money could be better spent on good causes such as schools and hospitals.  Secondly, our program can help them to change their negative way of viewing the world and become a better person in the process.  That is very important because upon their release they will be reintegrated into society.  It is our hope that they can show the future generations who might be going down the wrong path that there is always a better solution than living a life of crime.

Lastly, I’d like to share that our IBS Homeless Program has helped many unfortunate people in 2017 who have been living on the streets. There were 8 cities where we got to pass out food, clothes, and water to our homeless brothers and sisters. These locations were in San Diego, Santa Ana, Los Angles, Fresno, San Jose, Stockton, Merced, and Sacramento.  IBS had also arranged overseas charitable donations for the homeless. We have not only offered meals to the monks in the Monasteries in Nepal, India, and Bhutan but also gotten to help the orphanage, disabled children and many people on the street in many different cities in different countries.  There are currently 9 monasteries where we are offering meals in Nepal, India, and Bhutan. There are 3 orphanage schools where we have been offering special meals by the request of devotees who want to celebrate their birthdays with meal offerings and many brothers and sisters on the streets of India, Nepal and Shi Lanka.

Once again very happy New Year to everyone. Amituofo 🙏🙏🙏

2017年12月24日

以你的因緣結善緣


默默護持我們的發心菩薩,Mira Mesa Auto Techs 的老闆Alan Tran 菩薩
菩薩寺每次能夠順利外出監獄弘法,背後都有很多協助和因緣才能成就。

有個助緣幾乎是必備的,就是前往監獄代步的車輛,美國監獄路途遙遠,崎嶇難行,長途跋涉,穿越沙漠,翻山越嶺,有時候遇上壞天氣在路上更加艱巨危險,弘法者以大悲願力堅持,不懼艱辛,然而車子能夠推動前往目的地也是很重要的助緣。

美國菩薩寺義工團隊們穿州過省前往監獄,弘法能夠得以順利進行,背後有無數義工默默的發心幫助,其中一位一直以來默默付出,是一位發心為菩薩寺維修車輛的 Alan 菩薩。

美國菩薩寺顯中法師特別向 Alan 道謝,感謝這位菩薩的發心幫助,每次都是免費幫忙維修車子,Alan菩薩以這樣的方式來護持我們,幫助我們能夠安全平安前往監獄,讓渴求佛法的受刑人能聽聞佛法,心生歡喜,Alan菩薩這樣的參與和付出,盡自己的能力發心,我們實在是非常讚嘆和感激。

不求別人掌聲,但求自己盡心;不求自己安樂,但願眾生離苦。
感動生命,眾緣成就,成就法師到處弘法,成就了多少人聽聞佛法,我們不能看少自己的力量,以Alan菩薩為例,以自己的能力發心,護持佛法,成就受刑人能學佛修行,改變生命,絕對是菩薩寺的護法,一個人發心付出,從不計較地協助,龍天諸佛也歡喜。所以發菩提心正確,處處都是修行的好道場;所以任何方式都是布施,都是護持佛法,都是法布施啊。


我們為Mira Mesa Auto Techs祈求佛菩薩,希望他的事業順利,感恩很多年的護持。
今天分亨Alan菩薩默默付出的真實故事,菩蕯寺有幸這些年來一直得到各方的發心護持,持續監獄弘法之重任,作弘法之乘車,開獄中光明路。在此再次感謝Alan菩薩及所有幫助過菩薩寺的諸位大德們,祝大家善根深植,圓滿菩提。

2017年12月23日

受刑人的一封信


我的名字是Guan Rong,今年55歲,chuckawalla valley 州立監獄藍色蓮花僧伽團體成員,到目前為止,我已經服刑35年,並且學習研讀佛經大約兩年半。
為了徹底改變我的人生,我開始研讀佛教經論。回首當初,在一個偶然的機會之下,我的朋友邀請我參加顯中法師在獄所內開設的佛教研習課程。對於佛經,初時我一無所知,也完全不知道將會學習到什麼,直到真正坐下來認真聽顯中法師宣說佛法以及經由其他師兄的協助,這也才開啟我全新的視野,使我用心思考佛理乃之於人生的道理。
佛經的研習,在各方面都對我產生莫大的助益,猶記得當日我與家人提及我正在研習佛經,他們只覺莞爾。隨著時光推移,他們慢慢發現我已經變成一個更快樂的人,而我的信仰以及靜心靜坐的練習讓我得以對家人敞開心扉,他們也都感受到了我的轉變。
剛開始學習『五戒』時,我並不能理解其中的意涵,直到受戒日,經過那一整日,我對於許多事情都有了不同的看法。當中談論到第一戒『不殺生』,我久久無法忘懷故事中提到某個人恣意踢了小跳鼠後,摔斷了自己腿的因果循環道理。而後朋友帶了一隻小跳鼠給我,在我悉心照護之下,這隻小跳鼠健康成長,現在這隻小跳鼠就像是一隻小狗狗般的寵物,是我的家人。『不殺生』戒律讓我明白眾生平等亦皆享有生存的的權利,而這隻小跳鼠還可能是來自於前幾世輪迴之中與我們有緣的親屬。
那麼究竟我在佛經中學習到什麼呢?就是如何面對生命中的每一天,更甚於此,藉由對於佛經信受奉行的學習,我也可以推己及人,幫助其他人面對生活的困境,因為佛經讓我理解現今時代下的社會人心的紛亂的緣由。而我的兒子,也在過程中幫助了我許多,他總是支持著我,提醒著我每天不懈怠的讀經學習。
經由靜坐練習,我學會了在面對不如意的人事物時控制自己心緒高漲的習氣,也會在情緒低落時,靜靜的躺下,持續大約一個小時的靜心,但一般來說,我都是早晨靜坐。整體而言,對於這個研習課程,我最感興趣的就是學習佛經義理、靜心靜坐以及佛教律法,心領神會所有我所信奉的義理,而我也期望我的家人理解我的信仰,因為藉由對佛經的研習,我像是得以用另一雙澄澈的雙眼看世界。
我自知目前對佛理的理解尚淺,為了成為一位信受奉行的虔誠佛教徒我還需要更多的努力,期望未來我有足夠的能力幫助別人,並且成為一位教授佛教經典的導師,更甚於此,深入經藏堅定信仰乃是我心所願。我時常思忖,若是能早點學習佛教經典,我一定會成為更好的人,更早懂得對於世間眾生升起惻隱之心。
經由僧伽團的佛經教導,我受益匪淺,佛陀的行住坐臥日常威德與儀則也啟迪了我以及所有佛教徒。如今,我期望所有的人時常內省自心,看透人生並且互助友愛眾生無論宗教信仰,從今而後,我也將因著佛經對我的啟發,持續讀誦奉行。

2017年10月4日

October trip up north prisons



IBS Upcoming Prison Program

International Bodhisattva Sangha (IBS) would like to express our gratitude to the kind assistance from all of you to helping with our prison program.
The schedule for our upcoming trip is as follows:

10-6. North Kern SP (confirmed)
10-7 Wasco SP (confirmed)
10-8 Corcoran SATF (confirmed)
10-10 SALINAS Valley SP (confirmed)
10-11 CA Health Care Facility (confirmed)
10-12 Mule Creek SP
10-13 (AM) Folsom SP
10-13 (PM) CA-SP Sacramento (confirmed)
10-15 Valley SP (confirmed)
10-16 Chowchilla Women Facility (confirmed)
10-17 CA Mens Colony (confirmed)
10-18 Norco SP (confirmed)
10-19 Chino Institution for Women (confirmed)

IN THE PAST, WE COULD ONLY AFFORD TO GO ON SUCH A LONG TRIP QUARTERLY. WITH THE KIND SUPPORT FROM OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS, WE NOW CAN MAKE IT HAPPENING EVERY OTHER MONTH.

On this trip, we will be delivering more Buddha statues, Dharma instruments, and reading materials to the newly established sanghas.

IBS' main mission is to bring hope and provide second chances to all of the incarcerated brothers and sisters in the iron temples. As such, we sincerely thank those who have contributed the support and assistance that have enabled these meaningful activities to be possible. Any donation will be gratefully accepted and deeply appreciated. To make a donation, please contact the following sources:
IBS
9715 Carroll Center Rd.
Suite #105 San Diego, CA 92126
(619) 450-3699
Email address: zhongibs@hotmail.com

Make check payable to IBS or click on the link below for donation via PayPal:

2017年10月2日

IBS Prison Program


The International Bodhisattva Sangha (IBS) team will be on the road again for another special prison trip in October.  We had a very successful outcome from the last trip with the help of our worldwide sponsors.
IN THE PAST, WE COULD ONLY AFFORD TO GO ON SUCH A LONG TRIP QUARTERLY. WITH THE KIND SUPPORT FROM OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS, WE NOW CAN MAKE IT HAPPENING EVERY OTHER MONTH.

On this trip, we will be delivering more Buddha statues, Dharma instruments, and reading materials to the newly established sanghas.

IBS' main mission is to bring hope and provide second chances to all of the incarcerated brothers and sisters in the iron temples.  As such, we sincerely thank those who have contributed the support and assistance that have enabled these meaningful activities to be possible.  Any donation will be gratefully accepted and deeply appreciated.  To make a donation, please contact the following sources:

IBS
9715 Carroll Center Rd.
Suite #105 San Diego, CA 92126
(619) 450-3699

Email address: zhongibs@hotmail.com

Make check payable to IBS or click on the link below for donation via PayPal:

http://www.ibstemple.org/donate

Below is our itinerary for the upcoming prison visitation:

10-6   NORTH KERN SP   
10-7   WASCO SP
10-8   CORCORAN SATF
10-9   TRAVELING
10-10  SALINAS VALLEY SP
10-11  CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE FACILITY
10-12  MULE CREEK SP
10-13  FOLSOM SP (AM)
10-13  MEETING WITH CHAPLAIN RICHEY (PM)
10-14  CSP SACRAMENTO
10-15  SAN QUENTIN SP
10-16  CHOWCHILLA WOMEN FACILITY (AM)
10-16  VALLEY SP (PM)
10-17  CALIFORNIA MEN'S COLONY
10-18  NORCO SP
10-19  CHINO INSTITUTION OF WOMEN


DONORS FOR UPCOMING TRIP: