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Lad Changes His Lifestyle upon Attending Morning Dharma Sermon

Written by  YEN YU CHU, MELAKA

The family experienced a more fulfilling and rich life after attending the Dharma talks. The relationship between parents and son got better and the parents found back the once caring son. [Photograph by Chua Yih Tan]

Volunteer Tay Heng Hee happily admitted, “I am grateful for this Tzu Chi Dharma path, it has allowed me and my family to change for the better.” For the past half year, volunteer Tay and his wife have diligently followed “The Master’s Global Dharma Lecture at Dawn”. Their son Tay Wei Lun felt the harmony in the family. The new environment opened the door of his heart and he decided to join his parents and learn the Dharma. His parents have found their caring son once again and now the family is bonding very well.


Since September 23, 2013, the group leaders from Malim Community Centre started to invite the volunteers in the community to join in the live session of morning Dharma sermon with Master Cheng Yen, held at their own community centre. Volunteer Chua Yih Tan was primarily responsible to inspire volunteers to join in the session, while volunteer Huang Xiu Yu was responsible for the video synchronization and sound system. She also invited fellow volunteer Tay Heng Hee and his wife, Chen Yu Ju, to participate. That was the beginning of the couple’s participation in the morning Dharma sermon.

Despite participating in the morning Dharma sermon every day, Heng Hee and Yu Ju do not feel tired; they even continue to discuss and share their thoughts on the essence of Dharma taught that morning. This has improved the couple’s relationship. They have learned to let go of their ego, not to be calculative, become calmer and take note of their emotion. They now mindfully put into practice what they have learned into their daily life for a harmonious life – mindful of the action and speech, thus effectively eradicating bad habits.

Yu Ju is now a much happier and soft-spoken person. She is no longer reserve and is able to share her Dharma experiences with others. The couple quarrel less and now pursue and discuss the Dharma together. Xiu Yu noticed the change in the couple and so did the couple’s son Wei Lun. The morning Dharma sermon is like a kind of power that has changed his parents.

A bout of illness brought him to the door of cultivation

A neck problem caused weaknesses in the left arm of Wei Lun. He was told that his arm would continue to be weak as there was not much that could be done medically to stop the deterioration. He was devastated. Since last October, he recuperated at home, thus the opportunity to spend time with the parents. He observed that his mother would use a dictionary when discussing the Dharma. He has never seen this act before. Hence, he decided to get up at 4 am and waited in the guest room to send off his parents for the morning Dharma sermon. A week had passed, however, never once did the parents invite him to join them.

On November 4, 2013, Wei Lun could no longer suppress his desire to join in the morning Dharma session and requested his parents to bring him along. His request surprised his parents. Previously their son would come home late at night. He is now willing to give up the warm bed in exchange for listening to Dharma talk in the cold morning. The parents originally thought that it may just be a one-time off session and that his interest will fizzle out eventually. However, four months passed and he still persisted. The son even started to participate in the various activities organized by Tzu Chi, like home visits, recycling and other community events. Gradually he changed and bridges the communication with his parents.

Contemplation for self-improvement

Every morning at 5.30 am, the morning Dharma sermon by Master Cheng Yen is telecasted live from the Abode in Hualien. The Dharma is shared in the Taiwanese dialect. Wei Lun was not able to grasp what Master Cheng Yen had shared on his first morning Dharma session due to language barrier. He felt uncomfortable till he heard what Master Cheng Yen said, “As long as there is a will, one can always repent and change for the better.” He felt that the saying was meant particularly for him and that the Master was able to read his thought, and he made a vow to change and persevere.

From a person whose life was aimless and without direction, lost in the worldly enjoyment of drinking alcohol to car racing, constantly playing computer games to going home late in the night, Wei Lun is now a changed person. He attends morning Dharma session and adopts a better lifestyle. He stays away from friends who were a bad influence in his life. He understood that “time and tide wait for no man”. Within a short time, he got rid of his bad habits. Happily, he shared that the Dharma is education and he puts into practice the Dharma in his daily life. He used to argue a lot with his customers due to his bad temper. He now treats work as a ground for meeting all types of people and as a chance to cultivate himself. With Dharma in his heart coupled with a heart of gratitude, he is able to face all challenges with ease.

He no longer lives the life of an aimless man; he now reads to further understand the Dharma and often discusses what he has learned with friends of the same interest.

A lovely day starts with listening to the Dharma

Wei Lun used to think that Buddhism is about burning of joss sticks, praying and asking for protection. He now understood that the Dharma is the principle in life for us to live a righteous and meaningful life.

“In the beginning, I found it hard to comprehend the Dharma. I persevered and over time, I am getting better day by day. The advice from the Master has given me a path to follow. I cannot give up listening to the Dharma. The Master once said, ‘Life is like a piece of paper, one chooses how and what to record.’” He felt that listening to the Dharma is the start of a good day.

The strength on his left arm has gradually improved. He has returned to his workplace. Ever since he attended the morning Dharma session, his headache has disappeared and he got back good health.

The change in Wei Lun has made his parents very happy. Previously both parents used to discipline him and it had no impact on him. “Now he listens to the Master, let him learn from the Master,” his mother said with gratitude in her heart.

Attending the morning Dharma sermon daily has changed the life of the whole family. Within half a year, the parent-child relationship has improved; they are living a life that is rich and fulfilling.  

 

Tay Wei Lun was once lost in the material world. He used to be an alcoholic, loved car racing, stayed up till late at night and spent lots of time on computer games. [Photograph courtesy of Tay Wei Lun]   A neck problem caused weaknesses in the left arm. Tay Wei Lun was told that not much could be done medically to stop the deterioration. He was devastated. [Photograph courtesy of Tay Wei Lun]

Tay Wei Lun was once lost in the material world. He used to be an alcoholic, loved car racing, stayed up till late at night and spent lots of time on computer games. [Photograph courtesy of Tay Wei Lun]
 
A neck problem caused weaknesses in the left arm. Tay Wei Lun was told that not much could be done medically to stop the deterioration. He was devastated. [Photograph courtesy of Tay Wei Lun]
 
“The morning Dharma is one’s best education. Put into practice the Dharma in daily life, see the results, the joy received is hard to describe in words,” shared Wei Lun. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]  

“The morning Dharma is one’s best education. Put into practice the Dharma in daily life, see the results, the joy received is hard to describe in words,” shared Wei Lun. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]