正當2018年的聖誕鐘聲依然餘韻猶存，我們一行人從新加坡出發前往南印度馬都萊（Madurai），準備展開第三屆「我們的家」孝道成長營。這一次的成長營主題是「We Guide, We Protect, We Love our home」，延續了上一屆成長營孝道的核心概念，除了愛父母愛家人，也要好好愛自己的家，更希望透過兩天成長營帶領學員一起學習守護崇德道場這個彌勒大家園。
While many people were still immersing in the joy of Christmas season in 2018, a small group of us set off from Singapore to Madurai (South India), in preparation of the 3rd Filial Piety Camp. The theme of the camp was OUR HOME – We Guide, We protect, We Love Our Home. The theme continued to emphasize on the core concept of loving our home, besides loving our parents and family members. It is hoped that through the two-day camp, the youngsters could learn and safeguard our Chong De family together.
On 28 Dec afternoon, about 80 youths congregated at Yuan De Temple in Madurai and looking forward to the Welcome Party in the same evening. The event took off by singing lively songs and doing some warm-up activities that was led by Lecturer Sky Goh and Lecturer Tan Lay Yong. Next, representatives from different places in Tamil Nadu performed on stage and Indian dance was the obvious favorite with the youths singing and cheering aloud. Everyone was certainly on cloud nine!
The next day at 7am, Lecturer Myra conducted a Yoga session to calm, stretch and energize the participants for Day 1 of the camp. After the morning prayers, the commencement of the camp was led by Lecturer Tan Sau Wah through reciting “The Objectives of Tao”, followed by the first lesson, “Heaven and Earth Value Filial Piety as the Ultimate Virtue”. Lecturer Tan used simple ways to explain the meaning of “filial” and the importance of this virtue, and encouraged the youths to display filial behaviors while living with parents. The second lesson by Lecturer Sky Goh was about daring to pursue after one’s dream, through the living examples of past achievers. At the end of the lesson, the youths wrote down their respective dreams and pasted it on the wall in a heart-shape pattern.
There were station game sessions in the afternoon, led by Lecturer Myra, with the games theme as “Life through filial acts”. There was a total of 8 stations, each with its unique table game. Through playing the games, the youths understood the importance of family, the roles and responsibilities of every family member and the importance of being filial to parents.
Every participant in all the eight groups was very focused in the different station games. All the Station Masters also did their part to engage the participants and allowed them to discuss and think out of the box to achieve the objective of each game together. During the station game session, it was observed that the participants were exceptionally focused in completing the tasks of each game, transforming the camp atmosphere from that of loud cheering to one filled with excitement and warm laughter.
During the camp performance night, all the groups put in their best show to shout out their group slogans and group cheers. All the groups drew lots to decide on their performing items, which could be singing, a short skit, traditional or modern Indian dance, etc. All the groups certainly put up a good show for the night. After the performance, Lecturer Tan Lay Yong then led the groups to sit in a circle and the high excitement earlier slowly changed to a state of serenity with blessings being exchanged among the participants. A perfect closing for the performance night.
On day 2, after the morning prayers , the next activity was the participants’ filial act of washing the parents’ feet. A pre-recorded clip of a few of the parents’ message to their children were also played. Likewise, a few of the participants’ pre-recorded clips on what they wanted to say to their parents were also broadcasted. It was indeed a warm and touching scene to see the youths washing their parents’ feet and giving their parents a light massage too. Tao Initiator, Mr. Tan, next delivered on another filial related lesson: “When life does not go smoothly as planned, it is due to a lack of filial behaviors”. Tao Initiator, Mr. Tan, reiterated the point that being filial to our parents is a child’s natural obligation, and this is the Tao of a child. As long as we followed the truth, be filial to our parents and on the correct path in life, we could cultivate to be a better person.
Before breaking for lunch, Lecturer Myra shared the last lesson, “Healing Cards – My Parents and I”. Every participant had to draw a card and share with their group members about his/her relationship with the parents, according to the picture shown. Group members exchanged encouragement and blessings after each sharing to show their care and support. Through the use of healing cards, participants again reflected upon themselves: What should I do for my parents? What could change for the better? The 3rd Filial Piety Camp was finally coming to the end with viewing of the video montage and prize presentation. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of next year’s Filial Piety Camp were also announced. Even though it was sad to depart to the tune of Auld Lang Syne, the new organizing committee would surely inject vigor and vitality for next year’s camp. In Fa Yi Chong De, this is in line with Bu Xiu Xi Bodhisattva’s concept of perpetually grooming new talents to carry on the holy mission.
翻譯：Tan Sau Wah 陳少華