Kindness in Action

While in China this past May, our group had the opportunity to live and work at a small children’s orphanage outside of Beijing. The orphanage was American-founded, but the property was poorly maintained. While some of the group went to clean the playground equipment or care for the lawn, a friend and I went to the I.C.U. This Intensive Care Unit was where they kept the extremely sick children, and since they were so fragile they had to be kept in a very clean environment all the time. So, my friend and I tided up the whole building went up stairs to the attic to make sure everything was in order. When we got up there, we were taken back by the horrific mess that had overtaken the space. All of the ducts from the bathrooms vented into this small area and the entire room was covered, floor to ceiling, with fecal dust. The dust caused severe odors and many more problems were to come if it wasn’t taken care of. We finally found a way to clean the mess without making a huge cloud, which could harm the children, and remove all of the dust and odor. It took us over 4 hours of back-bending work in the attic plus the additional 2 ½ hours we spent cleaning the rest of the house to get it all done, but to know that the kids weren’t at danger was the best thing and it made every aching moment worth it. Amitabha
submited on 2007-08-02 01:03:47 by Shifu from Davie, FL, USA

being harmless
I have been a harmless child since I was born and believe I have brought lots of laughter and joy to everyone around me. I sincerely hope I will continue to be such a person and will grow up to be a kind and compassionate person and will contribute positively to society
submited on 2007-08-01 06:14:22 by Jia Hao from KL, Malaysia

cake dana
I baked an orange poppy seed cake for my classmates to cheer up our Wednesday tutorials. Went down like a treat!
submited on 2007-07-28 09:10:17 by Lawrence from Sydney, Australia

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

Parking payment
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. Amitabha.
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

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