afternoon, I told my master that I posted the stories about
our monastery online, he didn’t reproach me, but approved
what I did. We monks are basically hermits, so I use a fictional
but similar name for our temple. Apart from that, the stories
are all true, nothing fictitious about, as not to tell lies
is one of the five basic precepts in the Buddha's teaching.
Our Bright Sky Monastery is situated in a small mountain area,
and we have over twenty people all together. When I first
came here about ten years ago, there were only eight or nine monks and
the donations were just enough for meals with nothing left
for anything else. But in recent years, this region has been
gradually developed into a tourist spot, which brings more
visitors to our temple, and we began to receive all sorts
of donations. Previously we had two computers for the elders,
this year we got three more from our donors, so everyone
has a chance to log online. We’ve also got stereos, compact
discs and microphones, but Abbot doesn’t approve of karaoke,
so these equipments are only used for Dharma lessons and
Each morning, my master preaches the Buddhism to
the incense bearers, unless there are too many visitors,
otherwise we all go there to listen. He’s a master story
teller, and I would like to share some of his stories with
everyone here. Those are all interesting stories.
Before I went to the monastery, I only studies in school
for three years. Our school had just one teacher, after she
got married and went to live with her husband in the county
town, we had no teacher at all. Those affluent families sent
their kids to boarding schools in the town, but my family
is poor, so I helped my parents working on our farmland.
When my mom gave birth to my brother, the burden of raising
children became too heavy for my parents, so they sent me
to live in the monastery.
My master initially declined to take me in, and my mom urged
me to kowtow to him, and I kowed so many tows, eventually
the master agreed to let me stay.
My master later went to a Buddhist college studied for a
few years, and I study from him. He has read many books.
Some questions asked by the visitors are quite deep, which
I don’t really understand, but my master knows how to answer.
I chant the Heart Sutra (心经) and the Great Compassion Mantra
(大悲咒) daily, but haven't been able to grasp the true meanings
Diamond Sutra (金刚经). Hopefully I will be able to comprehend
it in a few years.
I also read other non Buddhist books, such as kung
fu stories. At moment I’m reading some novels
on this website, of course, my master doesn’t know
Monk in A Deep Mountain
in a Pond by Our Monastery