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Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

Sutra Copying Brings Peace and Wisdom

Written by  Low Mai Yin, KL & Selangor / Translated by Tan Heang Shin

Through sutra copying, volunteers learnt to calm down their body and mind. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

Ever since Taiwanese Tzu Chi volunteer, Huang Yi Qiao, conducted a sutra copying class in August, volunteers, Lai Shao Bin and Phua Sook May decided to hold a similar session at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall as they felt it was a good way for people to calm their minds.


On October 17, 2016, everyone was very anxious to start copying the sutra when the writing brush and ink were ready. But volunteer Lai Shao Bin first wanted the participants to calm their minds down. He then explained the objectives and benefits of sutra copying.

He went on to share why sutra copying was initially started, and how Taiwanese volunteer, Huang Yi Qiao had used his spare time to copy the Sutra of Infinite Meanings and Medicine Sutra in 15 days, thereby gaining immense joy after completion.

Shao Bin encouraged all participants to copy the sutra with a sincere and reverent heart. Through sutra copying, one could understand better the meaning of the sutra as wisdom arises from a calm mind. One could also realize his shortcomings thereby change his bad habits.

As Tzu Chi volunteers rarely have the time to calm their minds in view of the hectic activities, Shao Bin and Phua Sook May came up with the idea of setting up a sutra copying session. They hope that volunteers could have an opportunity to calm their minds, reflect and correct themselves at all times. It is also hoped that they could take the Dharma to heart and subsequently practise it in life.

Sutra copying a form of meditation

Volunteer Tan Su Tiang had accompanied another volunteer to attend the session. She was worried about the housework and work initially but after an hour of copying the sutra, her thoughts became clearer and she had managed to let go of her worries. She could even remember the sutra better hence decided to read the Sutra of Infinite Meanings again for a deeper understanding.

Since joining the sutra copying session conducted by Yi Qiao, 78-year-old volunteer Sor Ah Tung had continued copying the sutra at home and successfully used three weeks to complete the entire Sutra of Infinite Meanings. He then shared with others on how sutra copying has helped calm his mind and trained his patience. He has even picked up new vocabulary too.

Volunteer Chan Chooi Kim, who hails from Teochew, China, is illiterate but has enjoyed sutra copying. She had never used a writing brush thus was very pleased with the opportunity to do so during the session. Chooi Kim found peace in sutra copying as she hardly had the chance to be in peace due to her busy housework, ferrying her children to and from school, and other charitable activities. She was very happy to have found a new interest in life.



Although it was a short hour, the 15 participants managed to calm their minds through sutra copying. It was, indeed, a spiritual nourishment where the participants got to taste a moment of tranquillity.

A total of 15 volunteers attended the sutra copying session organized by Kepong community. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]   Volunteer Lai Shao Bin shared with participants on what he has learnt about sutra copying from Taiwanese volunteer, Huang Yi Qiao not long ago. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]

A total of 15 volunteers attended the sutra copying session organized by Kepong community. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]
 
Volunteer Lai Shao Bin shared with participants on what he has learnt about sutra copying from Taiwanese volunteer, Huang Yi Qiao not long ago. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]
 
Phua Sook May (left) and Lai Shao Bin (2nd left) hope that the session could help one to develop one’s wisdom further. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]   Volunteer Tan Su Tiang (left) felt her mind is much clearer after copying the sutra. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

Phua Sook May (left) and Lai Shao Bin (2nd left) hope that the session could help one to develop one’s wisdom further. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]
 
 
Volunteer Tan Su Tiang (left) felt her mind is much clearer after copying the sutra. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]
 
Volunteer Sor Ah Tung (left) learnt to calm his mind and train his patience through the activity. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]   Chan Chooi Kim (middle) found joy in sutra copying. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

Volunteer Sor Ah Tung (left) learnt to calm his mind and train his patience through the activity. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]
 
 
Chan Chooi Kim (middle) found joy in sutra copying. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]