Since Thanksgiving is coming, I have chosen gratitude as my theme tonight. Especially I’m a mean one Grinch Christmas lights Shirt my gratitude for the opportunity to be close to the Master, listen to Her teachings and live and work in this community He founded.
The Master encourages CLASSIC MEN’S T-SHIRT all of us to open up our hearts and minds. He encourages us to leave our narrow point of view and broaden our consciousness to include the entire world. Just Call Me Chemo Ninja T-Shirt For example, when we started to establish schools, it would be easy to just set up schools for children of Buddhists, and establish a Buddhist school, but Koala Bear Koalafied Ninja Samurai T-Shirt the Venerable Master wanted a school for for children of all religions. It would be easier if we could establish a Chinese or American school, but the Master believes we should apply all of our religious traditions best in our schools. So we have Christians, Thanksgiving Thankful Grateful Blessed Abuelita Turkey T-Shirt Jews, Buddhists and Muslims studying together at our school. For this I am very grateful.
In the early days, a Palestinian family owned a small shop just outside the gate of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. They were devout Muslims and they sent their five daughters to our school. The Master knows
their names and often asks them how they are doing. He encourages us to respect their religion and religious practices and they therefore respect our religion and our practices. They share their traditions and we share Offizielles Schlafshirt – Hase Schlafanzug Nachthemd T-Shirt our traditions. It is a great start to our schools here in the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. We often have children from different religions and countries all
in the same class. I am grateful that all students were able to have this experience.
Most monasteries and nunneries are only for monks and nuns and perhaps for some serious laypeople, and certainly only for Buddhists. Here at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, we always welcome people from many religious traditions. Not only that, we have many Santa’s Favorite Child Life Specialist Nurse Christmas 2020 Shirt families, many students and many monks living together in one place. It’s not always easy, but I believe we all become better people through it. My husband and I are very grateful for the opportunity to raise our children in this special international community.
I want to share a few stories about our son as a child and benefiting from this wonderful environment. Among the people who were living here when
our son was a child was a man named Bob Wonnacott. He is not a Buddhist. He is a veteran and a logger who originally came to cut us wood. He was seventy some years old, and when we found out he had nowhere to live, we accepted him. He lived in the Fire House, doing odd jobs and doing anything he could.
One day I went to lecture and my husband, Alan, was at home to watch the kids outside. Our son, had a Never Though I’d Be Wearing A Unicorn But Here We Are Cat T-Shirt habit of going to the front gate of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, ever since he felt that the entire City of Ten Thousand Buddhas was his home. He had ridden on one of the foot-push toys; it’s too young to ride a bike. Alan then went to talk to a neighbor and before he knew it, Alex rode a toy out of the temple gate.
At that moment, a police car drove up and when the police saw this blond-haired boy ride a toy cart to the front gate of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, they thought it was not there, so they put him in the car. their. Fortunately, Bob Wonnacott happened to be nearby and saw what was happening. He stopped the police and said: “Wait a second, wait a minute. This boy lives here. ” So they brought it to our house and for at least a few days we could say to him, “Now don’t run out, otherwise the police will come and take you.” And then it will stay home.
Another time, when he got a little older, he rode his bicycle to the Buddha Temple and fell down, breaking his wrist. But this is such a wonderful place that it got up on its own and went into the Buddha Hall saying, “Help!” Someone saw it and called us and we went and got it. It’s a pretty special place where a kid can walk into a building and just say, “Help” and someone will take care of it.
Right now there is a lot of controversy over whether to accept Syrian refugees in this country. Their country is at war and their lives are in danger. I remember another war when the Venerable Master encouraged us to open up our hearts and opened our doors to the refugees.
After the US withdrew its troops from Vietnam in the late decade of the nineteen hundred and seventy, there were many, many refugees. The Venerable Master helped us establish a Buddhist Center for the Victims of Rescue