To help those disciples from Toronto, Montreal and Detroit who have taken refuge in the Triple Gem on March 30 to better understand the Triple Gem (the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) and to apply the Dharma practice in daily lives, FGS Temple of Toronto and BLIA Toronto Chapter hosted both Chinese and English online meetings respectively. A total of 67 new Buddhists participated.
During the online lecture, the Abbess of FGS Temple of Toronto, Venerable Chueh Fan, congratulated the new disciples on becoming a Buddhist practitioner. The main purpose of the lecture was to guide the disciples to better understand the next steps that should be taken in learning about Buddhism. The topics of the lecture included: meditation in purifying the heart, introduction to Shakyamuni Buddha, the original intents of the Buddha, Buddhist etiquette, and a brief introduction of Fo Guang Shan and Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA).
The English online meeting, titled: “What’s Next after Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem”, was jointly hosted by Venerable Chueh Fan, BLIA Toronto Chapter President Mabel Lam, BLIA Montreal Chapter President Sara Yip, and BLIA Detroit president Kathy (Chun-Lien) Hsu. Topics included the Triple Gem refuge certificate, introduction to the Venerable Master Hsing Yun, Fo Guang Shan Headquarter, FGS Temple of Toronto, I.B.P.S. of Montreal, and BLIA Detroit Chapter. All presidents shared their personal experiences of becoming members of the FGS family. Mabel Lam also introduced BLIA and provided examples of how BLIA was able to change lives by applying cultural activities and educational programs to overcome racial and religious differences.