I’ve been in the monastery for twenty years now. In addition to learning to become a monastic, I’ve also taken on the position of a Tutor Nun. This has given me the opportunity to devote myself to monastic education, learn to take care of those who’ve come after me, and to shoulder the happiness of those around me.
Inspired by the Buddha, every monastic who’ve entered the monastery were once frivolous youths filled with dreams and expectations of a brilliant life. To get them to settle into the seemingly routine lifestyle within the monastery alone is a great challenge.
I’ve watched them overcome their lethargy and laxity by praying devoutly through the practice of praying during Morning and Evening Prayers; or challenge their own limitations during recitations in order to commit to memory the teachings of the forefathers of Buddhism. Having been under the wings of their parents, or as someone who’s enjoyed much privacy and personal space before coming to the monastery, they’ve also learnt to get along with one another through the daily act of eating and sleeping.
A monastic is someone who has obtained enlightenment. From Morning and Evening Prayers to chanting sutras, prostrating to the Buddha, reciting, debating, and cleaning the monastery, monastic education isn’t just about a group of people carrying out their daily life within the monastery. Moreover, it’s about learning to discipline our mind and body with the precepts and teachings of the Buddha and our teachers. Every part of our daily routine is a learning opportunity for you to become someone extraordinary.
For the past two decades, I’ve witnessed the transformation and growth of monastics one after the other. Filled with heartfelt gratitude, I believe that by relying on the blessings of the Buddha and Bodhisattva and the guidance of our teachers, this is a path that will lead us to enlightenment and bring infinite hope to everyone.