Okay, good. That's today's teaching, All topics are
completed. I'm very, very happy to be here and spend some time with you
and to explain some basics about Buddha Dharma. For those people who
have a keen interest about Buddha Dharma, if you study further on the
basis of these rough explanations, then you will get a deeper knowledge.
For those people who really have a deep interest in Buddhism, then
eventually, implementation is crucial. Without implementation, simply to
have knowledge is not too useful. Study, increasing knowledge and
implementation should go together.
Even with knowledge, experience is very useful. Without experience,
inner experience, it is difficult to know the exact meaning. For
example, the word "emptiness" or "voidness" is difficult to understand.
Think, meditate on it and, as time goes on, you will get some
experience, and this word will become heavier and heavier. There will be
some real meaning. You get a deeper understanding, a sense. So practice
and study; these should go together. For those individuals who have no
special interest about Buddhism, that's okay. After all, we all are
human beings; we all want a happy life. Therefore be a warm-hearted
person, a good-hearted person. By that, you will become a happy person -
that's our goal, isn't it? One happy person joins another happy person,
that means a happy community, happy society. So, that's the way to
develop a happier world.
Finally, I shall do the dedication of the merit which all of us have
accumulated here through this teaching. The verses which I'm going to
recite state that just as the great Bodhisattvas of the past, such as
Manjusri and Samantrabadhra, have dedicated their merit for the benefit
of all sentient beings to attain Buddhahood, so shall I dedicate the
merit and positive energy that have been accumulated here towards the
happiness and attainment of full enlightenment of all sentient beings.
The second verse is a prayer for great spiritual masters to come into
the world to propagate their great wisdom, insight, and spiritual
teachings. May all spiritual practitioners live in harmony as brothers
and sisters, and may the good spiritual traditions remain for a long
time in the world.