On July 26, Venerable Miaowei and 8 students from the Monastic Life Retreat visited the Dhammacakratra Buddhist Community Center at the Ontario Vihara .
After a traditional Pali chanting led by Dhammacakratra devotees, the venerable led the congregation in guided meditation and a Dharma talk.
The meditation involved contemplating the appearance of the Buddha’s face, as well as focusing on the breath. “When I think of the Buddha and that I’m his student, his daughter or son, that I am his family, I feel happy,” said Venerable Miaowei.
Following by a Dharma talk, the cause and effect and the importance of understanding karma were discussed and concluded with a Q&A session, in which the congregation asked questions regarding Mahayana precepts and practices. Bracelets were given to participating devotees as a gift from the temple. The venerable also brought Buddhism in Every Step booklets to the center’s library.
Dhammacakratra volunteers offered a vegetarian lunch to the 9 Hsi Lai Temple representatives. The Indonesian organization invites Hsi Lai Temple representatives twice a year to lead their bimonthly group cultivation sessions.
“Buddhism is not only about meditation or Dharma words,” said Venerable Miaowei. “It is a philosophy of life, and we have to apply it to our daily lives.”
8 students from the Monastic Life Retreat also participated in this event.
Dharma talk with Q and A session
Venerable gave bracelets to each participating devotees as a gift from the temple.