Jun 10, 15
Venerable Thubten Chodron, founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey (Washington State, USA) shared seven tips on how to lead a happy life with Buddhist youth in Singapore. Drawing on her personal experience, Ven Chodron offered several strategies that Buddhist youth can keep in mind to strengthen their practice and lead truly happy lives.
May 14, 15
As the nation celebrates SG50 and pays tribute to our pioneers with the Pioneer Generation package, Awaken magazine pays tribute to the pioneer Venerables who helped to establish Buddhism in Singapore, inspiring and benefiting many in our local community with their deeds.
One such Venerable was the late Ven Master Hong Choon (pg 48), the second Abbot of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery who was well-known for his compassion and loving-kindness (pg 53). Those who knew him often speak of his humble, kind and gentle ways (pg 54).
Throughout his lifetime, he constantly sought ways to benefit sentient beings (pg 55). He was conferred the title “Supreme Chinese Monk” by the King of Thailand, and when he passed on at the age of 84, close to 200,000 people from all over the world attended his funeral procession.
Ven Master Hong Choon’s conduct and way of life was constantly imbued with gratitude and other virtues. Gratitude helps us to grow and expand, bringing joy to our lives (pg 59). Let us learn to meditate on kindness and gratitude (pg 40), view things positively (pg 67) and discover the beauty that’s always inside us (pg 63).
Elsewhere in this issue, Firefly Mission reveals how it aims to light up the world (pg 44). Also read how thousands thronged the monastery to attend the memorial service of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister when he passed on in March this year (pg 43).
Looking forward, Ven K Rathanasara Thero shares his thoughts about nurturing a new generation of Buddhist leaders in Singapore (pg 60) to extend the goodness and efforts of the Buddhist pioneers. Happy reading, and have a joyous Vesak Day filled with gratitude.
– Editor’s Note