Master Ji Ru’s New Year Speech

Dear Dharma Friends:

Wishing you a peaceful holiday season and an auspicious New Year.

First of all, I welcome you to contact MABA at any time, make a trip to the Midwest region, to visit and stay with us at the monastery, to interact with us, as well as to learn some Buddhist teachings.

You are invited to join us on the weekend of March 24th and 25th, 2018, when MABA will hold an opening ceremony for our new building. We will take the opportunity to look back on our long history of establishing the monastery with a multimedia presentation, and to discuss our future (please check our website: www.maba-usa.org for next year’s events). Your participation and early registration, together with your family and friends, is encouraged.

After 23 years of groundbreaking, MABA is now equipped with facilities that can accommodate 30-50 people. In comparison to the limited conveniences in the past, when only local students could come to study and practice, we now have the facilities which will allow us to better organize Buddhist educational programs, including serving out-of-state students who would like to come, practice, and deepen their understanding of the Dharma.

I am deeply grateful for the generous and kindhearted contributions from the many Buddhist disciples in different places. All the manpower, material, and spiritual supports are extremely important to us, which continuously motivate us to work perseveringly and fearlessly on developing and sowing the Dharma seeds in the ground of the agricultural states in the Midwest region, thus allowing the seedlings of Bodhi to root in this new cultural land.

Regarding the future events at MABA, we have begun work on founding the “Buddhist Healthcare Foundation” and the “Right Mindfulness Training Academy,” which is a new organization affiliated with MABA’s Youth Buddhist Educational Foundation. With the hope that soon, the chief members of MABA will be able to get back to their study and practice of the Dharma, focusing on their original duty of “guiding The Way, imparting the Teaching, and resolving questions.”

We aim to, and will now be able to, extend the Buddhist education and training on loving-kindness and purification to universities, organizations, cultural circles, and out to the international communities, so that the light of Buddha is not limited to the Buddhist circle. Furthermore, we aspire to keep abreast of the leading-edge trends, connecting and interacting with talented individuals, working with them in a mutually beneficial way. Thus, the short-term goal of MABA is not only to benefit the local region, but also to reach out internationally and stay with the vanguard of the era. The launch and fulfillment of these goals require financial, manpower, technical, and intellectual assistance from our community. We look forward to welcoming you as a member of MABA’s sangha, and dedicate ourselves to Buddhism.

For more than twenty years we have been working diligently, steadfastly living with and faithfully practicing the Teachings, always fully transparent and without subterfuge. We have accomplished our first goal. To realize our next goal over the coming ten years – our great aspiration of exemplifying the Buddha by identifying, training, and nurturing talented people who, with the goodness of His Teachings, will lead others worldwide – greatly need your on-going financial support. Please consider making an end-of-year donation to support MABA’s philanthropic work as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

With sincere appreciation, I wish you to be happy, well, and peaceful.

 

President, MABA

Venerable Jiru

12.10.2017