I remember the first time I saw you Master at Buddha’s Birthday Celebration Ceremony in 2016. Before you entered the room, you first went to the Medicine Buddha hall to light the candles. I had a small candle. When you were lighting the small candles, I felt a warmth in my heart. I knew between master and disciples there are heart-to-heart bond and they talk through their hearts, but I was not a disciple yet. I just felt as if you heard my wish. When you entered the GuanYin hall, I couldn’t stop my tears, the tears of joy, the tears of finding you, the tears of finding a master to give me the right directions for my life. You could train me. I had been looking for you for years. My heart was full of gratitude, and no words could describe my appreciation to the universe to be able to meet a master like you.
During your speech, I found out you have a great sense of humor and that made your speech even more interesting. A wise, compassionate master who is trying to spread his love to everyone, and he has a sense of humor. How much more perfect can you be! After your speech, you walked very close to where I sat and approached a woman who was seating on the other side of the isle next to me. I could feel your enormous peaceful energy. The effect of your presence lasted for a while on my energy field.
It has been more than two and half years since I got to know you Master. I feel like before I was living an ignorant life like many others. I have had ups and downs, but they helped me grow. Now, I can just say that I enjoy cleaning the washrooms here more than working in a fancy office, and doing a fancy work. I understand the concept now.
Venerable Master Jinbodhi, protector of beings, who blesses your disciples, I give you my deepest respect. Master, I have an offering for your birthday. I offer you my mind, being, and speech, and asking you to constantly guide me and stop me from wrong-doings, and help me to do more good deeds, and liberate me, so I can help people around me and all other sentient beings to liberate. I will give the twelve vows of Medicine buddha, as well as the vow that I made in the last Toronto retreat. Thank you for creating the Bodhi center, I couldn’t imagine having a place to like Bodhi center so we could meditate any time of the day among other dedicated practitioners is truly blissful.