- Walking the Dog (7/19/2007)
This morning as I lay in bed in the warmth, I thought about how cold it was outside and how nice it would be to stay there in the comfort, sleeping in. However the thought of my poor dog locked up outside in the frost , far colder than me, promted me to get out of bed, rug up and take her for a walk. I am not sure whether my act of kindness did me more good or her.
- the courage to give (7/17/2007)
Sunday morning 8am. While waiting at a traffic light at a desolate street, a homeless man came up to my car with a sign asking for help. Alone and afraid, I drove past him without lending a hand.As I drove farther down the street, I felt terrible to not help due to fear. I dug into my wallet, made a U-turn, and drove by where he was standing. “Have a nice day!” I gave him the money and drove off feeling much more at peace.
- Cleansing the Dharma Realm (7/17/2007)
After finishing up my laundry, I decided to literally ‘pay-it-forward’ by adding money to the washer and dryer so the next person using it would get a free wash/dry. Maybe the person who got the free wash would do the same?
- Saying Goodbye to Jeannie (7/17/2007)
While attending the Mitra conference recently in Sydney, I learnt that a good friend of mine passed away in Kuala Lumpur. She had endured so much of suffering and pain and now she’s gone. I had the good fortune to cook for the Sangha members and took the opportunity to dedicate all the merits from that to Jeannie in the hopes that she will be reborn in a good state and that she will live a happy life, free from suffering and pain.I shared the merits with all sentient beings as well.
- Going Home (7/17/2007)
I am not sure that i have done anything great to put in “Acts of Kindness”. I just rang home and told my mum and dad i decided to go home end of this year after leaving home for 2 years. I miss them!
- Bhikkhu Ordination (7/16/2007)
I became a monk to help others realise the truth of their own existence and continue the lineage of teachings first illuminated by Siddartha Gautama – the Buddha, the perfectly awakened one, of this age.
- Looks could be deceiving (7/15/2007)
I was leaving a home depot store once and a young man asked me for money, when I first seen him I thought to myself he just wants money to get alcohol or drugs. Then I caught myself and told myself I shouldn’t be so uncompassionate so I watched him and saw him dig through the garbage and he seemed like he genuinely needed the money for survival. So I gave him what I could at the moment.