Yesterday's Commencement Address at DRBU
May 28, 2016
Here's a bootleg transcript :) ... Let's Make Virtue Viral
The ceremonies were held at Sudana Center (photo below), with a very inspiring story behind it. The crown prince of Yebo, Sudana, was so full of compassion that he could refuse no boon asked of him, great or small, from beggar or nobleman. The king, his father, possessed a white elephant that was powerful enough to defend the whole kingdom from enemies. So what did his enemies do? They bribed some wandering ascetics to ask Sudana for this majestic elephant. Without a second thought Sudana joyfully handed it over to them. His action compromised state security. The king had no choice but to exile his son -- for what? The crime of radical generosity! Undisturbed, Sudana promptly gave away his estate and rode off on his chariot, with his wife and two sons. On the way, a disabled monk asked for his horse, so he gave that away too and pulled his chariot by hand. Further along, he encountered a family who had lost everything in a fire -- to them, he gave away his chariot. The next day, a naked beggar sought his help. Sudana gave him the very clothes off his back. Such was Sudana’s virtue. His whole life, he perfected the art of selfless giving, and as the legend goes, he would go on to become Shakyamuni Buddha.