My Bodhi Road

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Han Xiuguo     Time:2018-03-30 13:29:02
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The author gave a recall of his progress of practicing Buddhism from initial interest to take refuge and have deep belief

I have been practicing Buddhism for almost four years since I took refuge on May 2nd, 2014.

Before taking refuge, I have already been interested in Buddhism (about 1996), and I began to study Buddhist Sutra simply but just as a kind of knowledge at that time. I still remembered the first book I read about practicing Buddha dharma wasZhongyouwenjiaodedu written by Master Nan Huaijin. I bought this book in a temple of Mount Emei when my colleagues and I traveled there. After reading it, I only remembered the content mentioned such as that how we can identify various situations, how we can follow the correct guide, so as to get liberation when we are in the process of death etc. Later, I also studied some works of Master Nan Huaijin such as his interpretation of The Diamond Sutra, and The Sixth Patriarch's Platform Sutra.These three books mentioned above gave me deep impression.

After taking refuge, I started to learn the The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment with group members by way of reading the original works first and then recalling it. At that time, I didn’t understand why master used this method to teach us. Instead I felt it was too slow to get the ideal result. I even gave a suggestion to the leading dharma brother, and I also have doubt about the opinion about “not staring at the fault of others”. Now, I think these are questions for most beginners who want to study and practice Buddhism.

At present, every morning I participate in Buddhist practice of English group through YY.I also insist on chanting the Amitabha in the mind during walking at daytime. And I listen to the lectures given by Ven. Master Jingkong of The Flower Ornament Sutra every day. I am sure we could make continual progress in Buddhist practice as long as we follow our Shifu’s guide.

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