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:

2017年9月21日

Chino Karuna Sangha (Women)


顯中法師首次在加州女子監獄(CIW)開示
末學曾秀穎恭記
西元2017年9月3日(星期日), 顯中法師率領加州聖地牙哥菩薩寺的秘書譚觀覺師姊一同來加州女子監獄(CALIFORNIA INSTITUTION FOR WOMEN, 簡稱CIW)弘法。 活動於中午12:30開始, 直到下午2:30結束, 歷時兩個小時。 雖然當天高溫超過華氏100度, 而且只活動並未有任何宣傳, 但仍有十多位受刑人前往聞法。

法師講述了十惡業及其克制法, 十惡業為身三:殺、盜、淫, 口四:妄言、綺語、兩舌、惡口, 及意三:貪、嗔、痴, 而克制此十惡業的方法則是: 持戒(如五戒:不殺生、不偷盜、不邪淫、不妄語、不飲酒)、佈施、忍辱 、精進、禪定、般若等六波羅密。


此外也回答了在場的受刑人所提出的疑問, 其中有人問到惡業是否能消失, 法師的回答是:只要造業,就要承受果 報, 只是一人所造的善業多於惡業, 則善果就比惡果彰顯, 反之亦然。 另有人提出有關六度輪迴的問題, 法師解釋六度為天、人、阿修羅、地獄、餓鬼、畜生,人死之後, 下一世可能在這六度中任何一道, 端看此人今生所做之因而定。


同時也教導受刑人們吃素的用意在於不殺生(也是慈悲)。法師鼓勵在場的人不要怕犯戒而不敢受戒, 因為沒有人是完美的, 只要是人就有犯錯的可能, 但若我們發心受戒, 我們就會規範自己的行為而減少做惡業的機會。


此外, 法師也指導在座的人一些靜坐的秘訣, 第一是要持之以恒,每天都要抽時間靜坐; 第二是要定時, 最好每天都在相同時間練習靜坐; 第三是在同地點,最好每次都在同一地點靜坐; 第四是靜坐時間的長短, 最好能一樣或逐漸增加, 不要一天覺得好就靜坐一小時, 而隔天忙就只靜坐五分鐘。


開示完之後還分別送給在座每一位受刑人一人一本佛學書籍結緣, 並鼓勵在座的受刑人組成 ”奇諾慈悲僧團” (CHINO KARUNA SANGHA), 以便共修。


當天的開示令在座聽眾法喜充滿, 大家都希望顯中法師能常來CIW弘法。阿彌陀佛!

2017年9月8日

Karuna Valley Sangha News Letter


IBS Prison Program 

On Sunday, July 30, 2017 Karuna Valley  Sangha was blessed with a visit from Venerable Xianzhong and Venerable Yong ( Kai Zhao Fa Shi). Ven Yong flew 18 hours from Malaysia to visit several prisons and teach meditation. It was a rare and precious opportunity for the Sangha to have two teachers with us for a whole day! In the Jewel Ornament of Liberation, Gampopa says there are three references pointing to why we should attend to a spiritual master. 1. Scripture, 2. Logic, 3. Simile. A spiritual master shows us how to accumulate merit and purify obscurations. A spiritual master is like a guide when traveling to an unknown place, like an escort when going to a dangerous place and like a boatman when crossing a big river. Venerable Yong is a monk in the Forest Tradition. 

On a personal note, I immediately felt comfortable with Ven. Yong the moment I met him. I presented a Khatha to him and he laughed as he blessed me and said, Ah, I have to give you some protection. He questioned me about my practice and asked me to show him how I chanted OM MANI PADMEI HUM. Then he asked me to chant it the way Chinese chanted it. He also asked me how I practice Samatha ( Clam-abiding ). I said he was supposed to be teaching me how to reach Samatha. But he just stood there expectantly until I told him. In a situation where I would normally feel embarrassed or awkward, I felt absolutely comfortable. Ven. Xianzhong was so encouraging as the Silent observer “of all this –which helped me feel tremendously at ease.  Somehow it seemed perfectly natural for me to tell a monk who is lifetime my senior how to achive or practice calm-abiding. I will cherish this personal time with a true meditation master. I felt entirely at ease talking with Ven. Yong and understood him perfectly. This is why I was surprised when he began to teach in Chinese with Ven. Xainzhong translating. I believe we had a true communication of the heart.

I observed the easy way in which Ven. Xian Zhong and Ven. Yong interacted and this set a relaxed tone throughout the day. You can feel the spiritual energy emanating from them but they make it seem so normal “and matter of fact. “I think their manner with one another somehow allowed us to be more receptive. Venerable Yong selflessly opened with a question and answer period in order to get a sense of the Sangha and tailor his teaching to our individual needs. He encouraged us to have the wisdom to leave the past alone and have no expectation fro the future; to live in the now for the now.

Learn to accept what happens with contentment. Train your mind for calmness ( Samatha) then look at he past and the future objectively to know you are growing in wisdom. Looking at the past causes suffering- looking at the future causes worry and suffering. Metta ( Loving kindness) meditation teaches us to see things clearly. The following are some notes on Ven. Yongs teaching to the Sangha

Teaching on Mediation:
1.     We do not deny that our five senses do not bring us happiness. This is impermanence
2.     Learn to rely on the internal – not the external.
3.     Let go of attachment
THREE KINDS OF HAPPINESS
1.     Happiness of sensory level- External
2.     Happiness of shutting off sensory level: Rely on mind itself- internal
Train your mind to let go of past and future and live in the present.
3.     The happiness of letting go of the mind in now. We keep going to the past ( or the future) with the mind. Let go of the mind in the now and let go of all suffering.  In meditation, it is important to have a single object to focus on. Have an object for meditation. There are four kinds of meditation in Buddhism. Today we will learn only two because our time is limited.

First, begin by focusing on a chant; you can use mala beads if you wish but later you will train yourself to let go of them. The chant can be whatever you resonate with but if it is a long one, You will progressively shorten it until you end with changing only one word or sound repeatedly. Buddha  ( Budho) is the one we used today. (We chanted and meditated for fifteen minutes).

Second, meditate on an object ( be objective, no like or hate toward the object). The object of this meditation is the breath.

1.     In mindfulness of the breath meditation- do not use the five senses. Breath naturally- do not control the breath. Focus on the object ( the breath) under your nose and above your upper lip. Rest your attention easily and naturally.

2.     Inhale... exhale.. keep the mind focused on the same spot for the duration of the meditation.
3.      
4.      Your mind will become calm- the object will be bright because the mind is clear.
Again, focus your breathing under your nose and above the upper lip. There are only three prerequisites for this meditation:

Gampopa ( Jewel Ornament of Liberation ) also says that there are three steps to receiving teaching from the spiritual master: Preparation, the actual Teaching, and the consequences.  Preparation means to receive the teachings with the mind of enlightenment (bodhichitta). While actually receiving the teachings one should regard oneself as the patient, Dharma as the medicine, and the spiritual master as the physician. Listening to and firmly practicing the Dharma should be regarded as recovering from the sickness. As a consequence, the faults of being like a pot turned upside down, a leaking pot, and a pot filled with poison will be avoided. Venerable Xian Zhong and Venerable Yong set it up so that all three of these steps were fulfilled!

We saved time at the end of the teaching cycle so that the men could have some one-on-one time with the monks. This is one of my favorite parts of the day because in these quiet moments you can see the Sangha members ‘sincerity shine through. They approach the monks with great tenderness and respect and for their part, the monastic give fully of them to each of us.


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Venerable Xianzhongs commitment and dedication to our spiritual growth and well-being so appreciated. We are deeply grateful to him and to everyone at International Bodhisattva Sangha. You always bring us, without fail, exactly the teachings we need the most.

By President of Karuna Valley  Sangha 
 Chuck Foley