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I found space heaters and gave them to the older people in an office who complained of being cold
- from Washington DC, USA
Wild Friends From The Bush
Wild birds and cats in the monastery garden do not mix well - I found many fine feathers and a broken wing left behind too. I showed others and we agreed that the cat will be restrained to make the monasery a friendlier place for all beings. I feel happier in my heart.
- from Sydney, Australia
While I went to get my Starbucks one day, I noticed a little old lady. She appeared to be homeless, but she was not asking for money from anyone. I carried on and bought my drink and saw her again once I came back outside. At that point, I saw her digging in the garbage, still not asking anyone for any money. It hit me that she could very well be anyone's sweet little grandma, but here she was just digging through the garbage for food of some sort. I went up to her and gave her the rest of my remaining cash.
- from The Bay Area, USA
I made cookies (they were vegan, so mostly healthy) for all my co-workers. I found that it allowed me to relate to them with somewhat more metta and openness.
- from Walla Walla, USA
Today I gave a hug to my mom for free.
- Mr Clean from Calgary, Canada
Letting Go Of Self Interest
Yesterday I realized that many times I am lost in self interest thinking while getting upset with my wife. I resolve to cut down on this habit
- from Vancouver, Canada
I wished happiness to all beings.
- from Turku, Finland
Dear Dharma Friends! I spent one day in Rehabilitation Center for the chronically ill (particular children). One therapy method is horseriding. A designated person would place the patient securely on horseback and another would lead the horse around. My job was to lead the horse ridden by a sick person. Most of the time I've been reciting the name of Guan Yin Bodhisattva.The kids were very happy, and some of them were ready to ride even in the rain : ). The horses sometimes appeared bored, but they never rebelled and seemed happy to continue. It occured to me that horses are often mistreated, but when treated well, it gives the horse, an opportunity to achieve something positive. This might provide a chance for the horse to erase bad karma and facilitate good conditions in the future. I had a very nice day in the Center, and I hope that we've done some good. May all living beings be good and well.
- from Augustow, Poland
Be Aware Of All Kind Of Trash
I have made promise to myself that I will pick up at least one piece of trash a day. I know it is not enough that I remember that I don´t litter. I was at the park yesterday playing and I cleaned this little area of candy wrappers. It came to my mind that we all have a certain kind of trash. Also the things that we say can be considered to be as trash - some kind of noise we make can also be like trash to someone’s ears. I will continue to pick up at least one piece of trash a day, but I will also pay more attention about the other kind of trash. For example, I wish not to yell too loud if it is not necessary and not to play music or tv too loud either, specially if there is other ones around. It is also important not to litter our insides. I have been thinking of going without candy for a while and save that money for better reasons, but I will start after I have had my birthday party next week. My cousin was without candy for a year and now she does not eat candy that much any more as she used to before. She does not need it. So I will be more aware of all kind of trash.
- from Espoo, Finland (age 10 years)
I spent almost three weeks stewarding for two Theravada Buddhist monks from Abhayagiri monastery who are spending the rains retreat outside Portland, OR. During this time I worked constructing trails to the monks dwellings, prepared breakfast and tea and did other various tasks as needed.
- from Snohomish, USA