I was thirsty for more information on Buddhism. From the internet I came across a multitude of materials relating to different Buddhist schools and their respective practices. However, the more I read, the more lost I became. Shakyamuni Buddha, our teacher, told us not to believe blindly in what he said, but that we should validate it from our own experience. To me, it was a totally alien yet amazing notion.
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My attitude towards religious faith changed in a flash. For decades, I had been subjected to the deep-rooted religious doctrine that one should just believe and not seek corroboration of what you are told. They woke me up. I found the magnanimous and broad-minded Buddhist philosophy admirable and I started to identify with it. It is our own doings: cause and effect, karma! What happens to us has got nothing to do with God.
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It is the karmic consequence of our own deeds. I was determined to find a way to free myself from the sufferings of the cycle of life and death. This has motivated me to learn the Dharma and practice diligently. I became very conscientious in meditating and reciting the sutras. However, the harder I tried, the more anxious and frustrated I got.
I became judgmental about the people and things around me. The world had, all of a sudden, turned horrid.
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I was appalled and disappointed by everything. The rather cumbersome and highly embellished rituals in the monastery also irritated me. Although the nuns and householders in the monastery were all very cordial, there was no connection between us and I felt unable to confide in them. I was alone and insecure.
As a result, I got really cranky and was disheartened about Buddhist practice. Just as I was despairing, Fojin seemed to have read my mind and called me from Hong Kong. This long distance call was like a ray of light dispelling the darkness in my mind. She told me, excitedly, about her meeting with Professor C. I learned that Prof. Poon had done a lot of soul-searching as well. He realized that we, ordinary beings, are accumulating bad karma all the time, with every act, every speech and every thought.
Given this defiled nature of ours, the chances of our attaining enlightenment are like looking for a needle in a haystack. He told Fojin that he was lucky to have finally found his way -- it was the Pure Land school! I, too, had found an oasis in the desert — the Easy Path has brought me hope.
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I realized that as long as we recite the name of Amitabha Buddha single-mindedly it is so easy to do! The most reassuring thing is that we will never go backwards in this lifetime on our path to Buddhahood. It is called non-retrogression. I learned that retrogression is something that is typical and very dangerous for most practitioners. In Pure Land, there is forever blissfulness and no suffering at all. All of a sudden, it dawned on me that this life would be my last one!
This thought really blew my mind. I was overwhelmed with intense emotions: excitement, joyfulness, and gratitude.
My feelings beggared description. From then on, I have been practicing Amitabha-recitation. I only read the series of books by Master Huijing and Master Jingzong, and also learn from fellow Dharma friends of this school. Over the last 18 months, I have developed greater tolerance and become more compassionate for other people. I now live with a sense of serenity, harmony, gratitude and letting go. What would it be like to witness a battle between celestial beings? Portia is a demon hunter and a Nephilim, a descendant of human and angel. Still mourning the death of her lover Imogen, yet protected by the ghost of Imogen, Portia is trying to complete her training to become a full member of the Gyony demon hunter Nephilim as opposed to magic user or necromancer Nephilim community.
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