For celebrating Children’s Day, the Watery
Town authority organised a show on 1 June which would
be presented by the students of the two primary schools,
Dust and No Fool were also invited to perform kung
Regrettably, not all Chinese monasteries are as martially
mighty as Shaolin
Temple, and our
monastery is unfortunately one of those that are not.
So Master Wisdom Benefactor (智惠大师) arranged the novices to
Compassion (大悲咒) instead.
It was the first time that our monastery ever sent anyone
to perform publicly, so we were pretty nervous. No
Ego went a considerable length in selecting a pair of
the most audibly appealing wooden fishes (木鱼) for our honourable
The stars never before had any opportunities to get anywhere
near a stage in their entire lives, neither were they good
mantra chanters. The chances were when the pair stood on
the platform rumbling, the audience might think they were
there quietly complaining about something. To prevent this
dreadful scenario from appearing, in the days leading up
to the Children’s Day, all senior masters were seriously
getting themselves involved in the rehearsal.
That big day eventually arrived. And we all put on a clean
robe and went down to the town, leaving only one monk to
take care of the monastery.
When we approached the town, we felt a strong festival atmosphere,
as people from nearby
towns flocked to watch the show. We noticed a large banner
with a big sign that read: Welcome the Little Masters from
the Bright Sky Temple.
The novices were scheduled to perform at the end of the
show, it was clear that there was a high anticipation in
the audience. When the moment came, the whole crowd suddenly
became quiet, holding their collective breath to wait for
The boys were overwhelmed, stationed there beating the wooden
fishes mechanically, and their chanting voices were no more
audible than the sound of their breadth.
It was embarrassing. Then without warning, No Ego jumped
onto the platform and shouted at the audience. “Come on,
give them some encouragement, some applause, Please!”
There was a silence in the crowd for a while, then a thunderous
applause erupted. Encouraged by compassionate encouragement
and support, the voices of the boys became louder and clearer
- I’d never witnessed the two changed the Great Compassion
with such a passion.
It seems with a bit encouragement and support, anyone can
achieve what he is striving for.
(You can visit Monk No Anger's personal blog to read his
original posts in Chinese at "http://787129669.qzone.qq.com")
that Touched the Nation