05/28/2022由西來寺社教本土化籌畫，每月一次於週六進行的「四給日」活動（Day of Giving），共有23位義工為圖書館以及懷恩堂四周的白色鏤空圍牆補漆，使其煥然一新。知行法師開示，「刷油漆也像是在刷心，是很好培養專注力（Mindfulness）的機會，因為鏤空的轉接以及浮雕處都需要額外專注，才能把油漆上得均勻。」滿燈法師則說「小細節、大影響」，並示範在刷油漆的時候筆順要一致，還要有適時等待乾燥後再上漆的耐心，這樣成品才平整、光滑，不流漆。
6/17/2023西來寺「四給日」（Day of Giving），近40位義工參與粉刷油漆，包括多組三好學園親子檔。社教本土組知行法師開示，寺院裡多處因為日曬雨淋，油漆已日漸斑駁及脫落，需定期上漆修補，但粉刷油漆不是一昧的只在表面粉飾太平，有些需先刮除結塊的舊漆，新漆才能貼合持久，法師勉勵義工在油漆時，靜心思索「油漆聞思修」之道，自己是否不自覺的被積年累月的習氣帶著走，能否勇於面對自己的缺點，以魄力大刀闊斧、不做表面功夫的修正自我。義工分為三組，將五聖殿下方的石椅、成佛大道兩旁的欄杆、齋堂旁花圃、星雲大師雕像後的牆面粉飾一番。
07/08/2023西來寺「四給日」 ( Day of Giving ) ，近25位義工參與，其中包括多組三好學園親子檔及家長班的夫妻檔。今日出坡項目是油漆五聖殿下方的石椅，以及整理花圃裡的雜草。社教本土組知行法師將雜草比喻為煩惱與習氣，鼓勵義工勤於審視內心，將雜草及早拔除，不讓其有恣意蔓延叢生的機會；滿燈法師則指導「斬草要除根，不讓春風吹又生」，要以耐心從根拔除雜草，明察秋毫，如同修行者不隱藏自己的過失。當日天氣炎熱，但義工士氣高昂，尤其三好學園的學童將拔草視為「雜草尋寶」，喜孜孜地展示辛勤勞作的豐碩成果。
02/18/2023西來寺「四給日」 ( Day of Giving ) ，有65位來自社區、青年一團與二團、男女童軍團、三好學園的義工參與，社教本土組知行法師謝謝義工在收到臨時通知後前來，佛光山開山祖師星雲大師於元宵節化世圓滿，圓寂於臺灣佛光山，享耆壽97歲。 此次活動日期因此經過幾次更改才定案，足見世事無常，大師總指導我們當以平常心看待「無常」與「生死」這兩個人生常態，最重要的是隨緣惜緣行三好四給。義工先進入大雄寶殿弔唁大師，再齊力撤除癸卯兔年春節布置，包括「諸事圓滿」祈願樹、「月亮沙彌」、「福兔合十迎新春」、「心中無畏胸懷法界」花燈。
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Listening, Contemplating, and Practicing while Painting; Eliminating Attachments through Painting
FGS Hsi Lai Temple has held a monthly Day Of Giving since October 2021. Each time, volunteers engage in various tasks to give back to the community. Volunteer Pan Ching Hsia was impressed by how the venerable provided different Buddhist teachings on two separate painting activities. This inspired her to contemplate the metaphor of “eliminating attachments through painting” (以漆打七去我執), suggesting that one should engage in spiritual practice by letting go of their ego and attachment associated with the seventh consciousness.
Pan Ching Hsia shared her reflections on this activity through writing daily news blurbs under 250 words each. She thanked the venerable for providing her with the opportunity to write the blurbs which allowed her to refine her thoughts and eliminate unnecessary words. She found this writing exercise to be beneficial in training her mind.
For the Day of Giving on May 28, 2022, 23 volunteers repainted the library and the balustrades surrounding the temple. Venerable Zhi Xing emphasized that painting can be like a form of meditation, a chance to cultivate mindfulness and paying attention to detail. A year later in the same event, Venerable Zhi Xing’s teachings surprised Pan Ching Hsia once again.
On June 17, 2023, almost 40 volunteers participated in the painting project, including parents and children from the TAG school. Venerable Zhi Xing encouraged volunteers to apply the practice of “listening, contemplating, and practicing” while painting (油漆聞思修). Just as old paint needs to be removed so that a new layer of paint can stick, volunteers should focus on removing deep-seated bad habits and attachment to their ego. The term “painting” (漆) is homophonous to the word for “seven” (七) in Mandarin, and this reminded Pan Ching Hsia of the Seventh Consciousness in the Buddhist teachings. The Seventh Consciousness means the deluded awareness of a self..
In July, Pan Ching Hsia mentioned that Venerable Zhi Xing delivered an inspiring teaching on weeding as a spiritual practice.
On July 8, 2023, about 25 volunteers participated in the monthly Day Of Giving which involved weeding and repainting. Venerable Zhi Xing explained to the volunteers that the act of weeding is like removing the afflictions and negative habits within ourselves. She urged all volunteers to look inward and remove them promptly.
Pan Ching Hsia mentioned that the atmosphere during the Day of Giving has always been joyful except for one particularly sentimental occasion back in February 2023.
Sixty-five from various groups gathered on the Day Of Giving on Feb. 28 to commemorate the passing of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founding master of FGS. They paid their respect to him in the main shrine before starting their work. Venerable Zhi Xing expressed her gratitude to the volunteers for coming on short notice. FGS founding master Venerable Master Hsing Yun passed away peacefully at the age of 97 in Taiwan on the Lantern Festival, Feb. 5, 2023. It was due to this reason, the date for this Day of Giving had to be changed several times which reminded us of the impermanence in life. Venerable Master Hsing Yun taught us to accept ‘Impermanence’ and ‘Birth and Death’ with a non-biased attitude. The most important thing in life is to cherish all affinities and practice the Three Acts of Goodness and Four Givings.
In conclusion, Pan Ching Hsia expressed that being a part of the Day Of Giving was not just about giving but also about receiving. One can gain confidence, happiness, hope, and convenience from volunteering.