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Student Reflection


The Diligence of Memorizing Sutras

I have realized that memorizing sutras is a way for me to deepen my practice……

 ♦ Buddha Gate Monastery Sutra Study Meditation Class A

♦ Name: Cynthia (Chuan Dun)

I appreciate persistence and having a strong work ethic, but it is more than just doing something for outside recognition, reward or the accumulation of things or knowledge. It is more than just showing up and working hard. As my practice deepens, I find that my diligence is challenged, and those challenges have brought about changes.
I started to appreciate diligence when I finally memorized my first sutra. I resisted memorizing sutras because I did not see the need or the benefit in doing so. Because of the encouragement from the Dharma Masters, I finally stopped making excuses and memorized my first sutra—The Eight Realizations of Great Beings.
I have realized that memorizing sutras is a way for me to deepen my practice. I now plan to memorize the Diamond Sutra; I do not know how long it will take me but it is a part of my daily practice. It took persistence on my part to memorize The Eight Realizations of Great Beings. I memorized one line a day, and it took quite a while to finally commit the entire sutra to memory. Many a night I would start to recite what I had memorized that day only to stumble on a line, so I would grab a flashlight and quickly peek at the text to get the line correct, only then could I fall asleep.
First thing in the morning I would recite what I had memorized thus far and then add a new line for the day. I did not do this for outside recognition or admiration. I did it to strengthen my practice and to gain a better understanding of the Buddha’s teachings. I always want to have the teachings with me. I try and uphold the teachings of the Sutra every day. Diligence for me is no longer just persistence and industriousness or external recognition. It is an inner joy—the joy of diligence without attachment to outside recognition; the joy of having this resource always with me. It is an internal unwavering calm.
I am grateful for the opportunity to join the collective practice of chanting the Diamond Sutra. It is not enough to say that chanting and memorizing the Diamond Sutra is joy. It is so much more than that, but I do not have the words to describe it at this time; it is unlike anything I have experienced before. It is not a temporary feeling. It is more like I am grounded, and I have a guide for how to conduct myself.


 ♦ 美國佛門寺英文研經二禪修班學員

♦ 法名 : 傳惇