After a short rain, the side road in front of my apartment became pond and I discovered hundreds and hundreds of tadpoles in the afternoon. Knowing that the pond will dry very soon, I used a bowl and a spoon to rescue as many tadpoles as I could to a local river and a lake. I did this for a couple of days and was able to save hundreds from drying up.
submited on 2016-08-17 18:42:28 by Luke from Houston, US
Reciting the Shurangama Mantra
In the morning I recited the Shurangama Mantra with all the monks at Bailinsi with a wish that the world will be free of disasters and difficulties. Surrounded by around a hundred monks, I could feel the mantra sounds resonating in my heart and within the Buddha Hall. May the sound carry throughout the world for the benefit of all beings.
submited on 2016-07-22 16:37:08 by Monk from Bailinsi, China
Every day I encounter an opportunity to practise kindness and generosity, either by helping with something practical or sharing some aspect of Dhamma. Earlier this week I was able to show a group of school children around a spiritual community, answer their many questions, and introduce them to meditation.
submited on 2016-07-10 01:32:09 by Harmless from Great Gaddesden, United Kingdom
Providing Food for Bush Neighbors
I feed my neighbors: a family of possums, lorikeets, currawongs, kookaburras, brush turkeys, and recite the Buddha's name for them at the same time. I learn about their lives and make their stories visible in photographs, to raise people's awareness of the dignity and sentience in the world around us.
submited on 2016-05-18 01:45:20 by Monk from Bonogin, QLD, Australia
3 kids family looks for a better world to live in
We have just launched our first book about our search as a family for a better world. The adventure is being so exciting tha we could not earn money for sharing our story. So, we have decided to donor 100% of sales to 3 NGOs:
submited on 2016-04-27 10:16:46 by Familia de 3 hijos from Vélez-Málaga, Spain
Mentoring and tutoring underprivileged children
Right behind an affluent neighborhood in my city is a neighborhood with struggling families. Moms are the backbones of these homes, where dads are into substance and domestic abuse. Moms work as domestic helpers and try hard to make the ends meet. The children go to their neighborhood's public school, where the education quality is poor. Children lack the moral and learning environment at home.
I spend 2 hours every day with a group of children in this community, teaching them concepts of Math and English. I also incorporate moral education, mindfulness, yoga, Brain Gym and study/memory skills in my classes. Both the children and I are thoroughly enjoying these classes and are making progress. The shine in their eyes when they get the concept being taught is priceless.
submited on 2016-04-15 19:02:22 by Sunitha from Mysore, India
gave some socks to homeless folks in Oakland
submited on 2016-03-22 21:52:39 by JoeG from berkeley, usa
21st Birthday Present.
On my 21st birthday, I went to a bar. It's practically tradition in America in this day and age to do so. I decided not to drink, as alcohol is poison to the human body, mind, and soul. So instead, the ten dollars I would've bought beer with, I kept. I went to my great grandmother's house for the evening.
I decided to walk down to the boardwalk, which was not far. Upon getting there, I saw a man laying on a bench asleep. Seeing this, I couldn't stand it. I don't like to see people suffer. It hurts. So I slipped those ten dollars into his pocket and walked off. Never said a word of it to anybody until now.
How I felt.. I simply felt that I had done the right thing. What I felt any compassionate person ought to. I needed no inspiration. Helping somebody in need was all I felt that I needed to do.
submited on 2015-10-10 20:42:33 by Azia from Leland, USA
A good deed
Deng Bi An, another name, Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery has a large crowd whenever there is a Dharma assembly. There are a few old people around. So when it is the meal time, we will walk in file towards the Wu Guan Tang. While walking, an old lady walking unsteadily and slowly and I decided to guide her. Before I know it, everyone else was over taking us. By the time we reached the Wu Guan Tang, I found her a place where someone will take the food for her. Then it was my turn to look for a seat among the assembly for myself and I was expecting a seat way back behind. Surprise of surprise!! There was an empty seat a few tables away :DD. Amitofo
submited on 2015-08-28 23:05:14 by Anonymous from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Not to Waste Food
During one of the Dharma assembly in Deng Bi An (DBA), I was sitting across an old lady. At the end of her meal, she stood up to leave to wash the plate, and I happened to look up, I saw there was still some food left. It was the spicy "sambal"-a kind of chilli sauce that goes with rice. On that day the kitchen happened to cook a very spicy and hot "sambal." I guess she could not eat it. So I stood up and went after her, and said "Amitofo, you do not want the sambal? I like it, I can have yours." Thus no food was wasted. Amitofo.
P/S: Please note, the email above is the email of a Dharma friend in China, whom I am giving the Dharma songs as a gift. Amitofo
submited on 2015-08-28 09:16:49 by Anonymous from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia