Sound of Music for elders
I enjoying playing violin and have been playing with HP Orchestra for years, the rehearsal is once a week. Earlier this year, a neighbor comes to me that she organized a small music group in the church. The group will visit nursing homes and play music for elders. We'll play some hymn, and some other folk or easy music. The rehearsal will be in the church once a week.
I had a rule trying not to be away from my family for more then one night a week. I need to decide which music group to participate between HP Orchestra and this church group. Partly because I like the small group, but largely because I think it's a much better cause to play music for elders who can't get to concerts easily then just to entertain general public, I decide to play with the church music cell.
The experience of playing for elders have been very rewarding. Seeing them sing and clap hands when we play the music brings us more joy then what we bring to them I think.
As a Buddhist, does it bother me to play hymn, rehearsal in the church and join the prayer before the performance ? Not at all. It's a great feeling that people with different belief work together to do good deed.
submited on 2007-07-27 02:30:47 by Jerry H. from Fremont, USA
Freeing the Rat
A rat was found in the bin by some children at the school i work at. They crowded around and the poor little rat was cowering with it's little heart racing. I took the bin (with the rat) to the school 'bush' area and recited some medicine buddha mantras and released it.
Hopefully this beautiful little creature will make a connection with the Dharma in another life.
submited on 2007-07-24 18:37:32 by Ngawang Dondup from Alexandria, Australia
I gave my street parking ticket to someone who didn't have one displayed on their deskboard.
submited on 2007-07-23 05:47:45 by Joey Wai from Kingsford, Australia
asking for the music as an act of kindness for myself
I realize I'll never get this CD the way things are going, how critical I am with myself, so I'll extend some kindness to myself at this point. In my mind, there couldn't possibly be a act of kindness if I'm doing with the intention to receive DM Sure's music. The intention behind kind act is already tainted. Last Sunday as I was driving on the freeway, a car had smoke coming exhuming, so I wave the car down, and then stopped to help out, when the driver is waiting for the spouse to come, and I realize I don't know enough about automobiles to do anything, I drove away, saying to myself: "shucks, can't get DM Sure's music yet, that wasn't an act of kindness; need something greater act before the action deserve to be called act of kindness." I don't see myself doing anything that's kind. It's difficult to do a real act of kindness without the ego benefiting in someway. Somehow, every kind is interpreted as benefiting the self in someway. Perhaps, I'll relax, and be kind to myself by asking for the CD without having done any act of kindness. Maybe it'll be a retroactive type of deal, I'll share this music with as many people as I can or something.
submited on 2007-07-20 22:40:49 by Rather remain anonymous from Los Angeles, USA
caring for the elderly
I recently placed my name as a volunteer at a local nursing home.
I will be reading books to elderly people who no longer have the capacity to read to themselves.
I have chosen this action because I want to be the best person that I can be and I think that it will bring happiness to the elderly people who sometimes feel that they don't have a lot to look forward to in their lives.
I love to read inspirational stories too!
submited on 2007-07-20 07:08:35 by Bomber from Newcastle, Australia
Crossing over, bit by bit
Amitabha. Facing certain issues with my father regarding my future plans within the Buddhadarma, I began to bow to my father, although not on a regular basis. It has worked on mnay levels, such as him realising my sincerity as well as in removing certain obstacles that were present in his mind! Truly wonderful. This is my own experience with how virtous conduct (note: I am not meaning that I am virtous :)) may move people.
submited on 2007-07-20 01:28:03 by A Disciple from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fresh drinking water for Cambodian children
I am helping to organise a fundraising in Sydney on 28 July 2007 to raise money to provide fresh drinking water for Cambodian children. We hope to raise A$15000 to build 100 water tanks for Cambodian schools.
submited on 2007-07-20 00:43:35 by dhamma friend from sydney, australia
Walking the Dog
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.
submited on 2007-07-19 17:53:35 by Dogwalker from Armidale, Australia
the courage to give
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.
submited on 2007-07-17 23:44:46 by GY from california, usa
Cleansing the Dharma Realm
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?
submited on 2007-07-17 23:25:58 by Anonymous from California, USA