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.
submited on 2007-07-16 19:59:14 by Ven. Bodhicitta from Byron Bay, Australia
Looks could be deceiving
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.
submited on 2007-07-15 23:13:39 by Edwin from oakland, ca
Not Everyone Is Dangerous
Once.... i was walking home and suddenly a car stopped in front of me. Two men asked me for money. I was scare!!! I did not say anything and walked away. As i was walking away form them, i felt weird because they were just asking for 2 to 3 $$$ Then i turned back and looked inside their car. May be they really need the money to make a phone call. Then.... I borrow them my phone, they called up their uncle and gave me back my phone!! They told me that they just arrived from Japan and do not have any small change to make a phone call. I was glad i helped them. If i were to walked away, they would have to wait for a long time.......
submited on 2007-07-15 12:40:22 by .: NL :. from Somewhere, Malaysia
On commuting to Mitra held door open of an eldely lady to pass through with baggage.
On way home gave a stranger some money for train fair on his request normally would not have but felt he may have need it to get home, could understand his frustration and anxisoty being stranded, felt good.
submited on 2007-07-15 08:53:21 by Train Commuter from Unanderra, Australia
I was by the jewelry counter at Walmart. A little girl was going to get her ears pierced. Her face expressed clearly the dreaded anticipation of pain and suffering. I smiled at her, sending a silent message, "It's not that painful, don't worry." She smiled back and before you know it, it was over and everyone was giggling.
submited on 2007-07-14 18:32:53 by Anonymous from California, USA
Talk with elders at retirement home
Had some nice talks with various elders, some in their 90s, at a near by retirement home. One lady over 100 loves to speak French and loves her French Club there.
submited on 2007-07-14 11:40:42 by Anonymous from Somewhere, USA