From November 17th – 25th, 2019, we held a short-term monastic experiential program in Myanmar. Many of the senior participants have returned to join us once again. Every time is another familiarization of virtuous memories. These memories are thoughts or karmic DNA. Monasticism is a precious gene and a seed of possibly attaining Buddhahood more swiftly. I'd encourage you to participate with sincerity, an intention to reciprocate kindness, and the willingness to serve others.
Taking on monasticism is not putting on a show to the Buddha or anyone. It is a program installation within our memory drive. The universe is the realm of the tathagata. If we don’t take on this path to uncover our tathagathagarbha, we’d continue to wander in our habitual tendencies and karma. Yet, when one practices monasticism, one’s conduct is aligned with pure virtues. It marks an auspicious beginning. I hope that all of you could refrain from conceptions of elaboration. That way, one can attain samadhi. Furthermore, one can experience the bliss of monastic life.
It is an auspicious blessing and a rare opportunity to be here. We should be grateful to have so many noble bhikkhus to witness our participation. As our merit is still slight, these bhikkhus can be our great support and guidance. On our course of monasticism, they can be the support of our strength, felicity, and faith. They help with our affirmation on the journey of life.
Right mindfulness is an incredible root of all fortune and favorable conditions. Monasticism turns on a mode of constant right mindfulness and favorable conditions. The attainment of Buddhahood also relies on dependent-arising. Having to cultivate supportive conditions, our mind opens up and all sorts of possibilities emerge. The pure intention and conduct transform our lives to be free from obscurations and obstacles.
Dharma practice can start from “ethical disciplines”. It is to apply disciplines, virtues, and shamatha (calm-abiding) in life. That way, we can prevent wrongdoings and faults. Consequently, felicity can be generated from pure conduct. "Stabilization" is the concentration resulted from our mindfulness and awareness. Eventually, we can master our minds. Through ethical disciplines, we can regulate ourselves and become stabilized. Gradually, awareness and liberation arise from within. Next, wisdom arises from stability. The Three Higher Trainings are the foundation of our Dharma practice.