You are the Elder Brother who was a perfect match for your responsibility. Responsibility of a citizen, facing evil challenges, or in front of those in need, you always are a role model for Buddhist practitioner with open heart, forgiveness and dedication to your responsibility.
In within a few short minutes exchanging word with fellow brothers/sisters this time, you were able to convey the passion of a human lifetime. Short but complete, complicated yet clear, you captivated the listener and allow them to understand your passion with direct correlation.
Your message is not only for those who listening to you, but also for future generations, such that a quarter century later, remains as a beacon for Buddhist like ourself. You have left, but in our hearts, you are eternal. We miss you, my great brother!
You spoke of a smile. We know you wanted us to always smile, be happy under any circumstances regardless of difficulties, sorrow, or even facing the evil force of power.
You spoke about the voices of the Gray-Shirt-Bearer, and we know you wanted us to use it as a source of energy to overcome all challenges, complete all responsibilities in this life with the most complete and meaningful way.
You spoke about those moments in the Eternal Happiness World and we know you hoped that we will bring Buddha’s teachings into this life, transform each moment of today to become every second of the Eternal Happiness World.
And lastly, your life in its entirety, is a story of great forgiveness for us to follow. Even when your own life was enduring tremendous suffering and humiliation, you never forgot about others, still stretch out a little more to give all of your last breath in benefit of other people.
You are truly great with such nobility. You can smile with compassion and walk away peacefully in front of those who try their best to make you suffer, to humiliate you, to confine you. Oppositely, those who is currently living in peace and freedom but cannot smile with those who they say they once loved. They turn their backs with each other due to lack of compassion, forgiveness, open-heart because in their minds, they are full of prejudgment and bigotry. Prejudgment and bigotry transforms families into enemies instead of transform enemies into families according to Buddha’s words.
Today, listening to your words and reminders, we miss you even more.
Translated by Tâm Định