North America Dharma Teacher Workshop interview 1
【人間社記者 Karen Sun New York報導】 2017-08-18
  • 圖說:“Localization is a huge subject.” Says Angelica. It needs to start from every one of us and to begin from where we are. Most importantly, it is to open the temple door to all. 圖/IBPS, New York提供

  • 圖說:“Localization is a huge subject.” Says Angelica. It needs to start from every one of us and to begin from where we are. Most importantly, it is to open the temple door to all. 圖/IBPS, New York提供

Angelica Barrera-Ng was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Mexico, and lives in the US now. She is one of the participants who’s fluent in both Spanish and English at the North America Dharma Teacher Workshop.

Angelica took a Buddhism class in college, which planted the seed of her Bodhi wisdom. After marrying into a Chinese family, her Catholic mother in law took her to Hsi Lai Temple to explore Chinese culture. She started taking meditation and Buddhism classes there.

Currently living in San Diego and engaged in local FGS temple, Angelica expressed her view of localization is to “Keep TRAC”. T stands for Transcend; R for Respect, A for Acceptance, and C for Compassion. It means while attempting to localize, we need to apply wisdom to understand what is do-able, and what is not under different conditions. When people or things do not meet our expectations, we have to be able to accept and transcend. While doing so, apply compassion and acceptance to establish a harmonious community.

“Localization is a huge subject.” Says Angelica. It needs to start from every one of us and to begin from where we are. Most importantly, it is to open the temple door to all, not just the non-English speakers, but also the local Chinese.