A Small But Kind Act

A Small But Kind Act, by Medini Richardson I volunteer as a Buddhist chaplain at a renowned children’s hospital , on my weekly visit to my regular ward I went to an isolation cubicle to chat to the mum who was holding a very small and sick 7 month baby. We chatted and got along…

A Wholesome Snack

It was an evening about 3 pm when we were on our way home. Me and my two sons. We have this small cafeteria close to our house and usually we stop by to pick up some snacks for tea in the evenings. My sons remained inside the rickshaw and I went inside the cafe….

Sabbe Satta (metta)

When a Buddhist monk says “sabbe satta,” that is a shorthand for metta practice. “Sabbe satta” means “all beings.” One of my friend’s collects the leftover food and cakes and says or acts on this everyday after each meal at our monastery. But in reality, even though he says “sabbe satta,” he really just seems…

A Different Kind of View

A Different Kind of View Several years ago, I was working with a client (I am a psychotherapist).  He was a man in his late 50’s who was working with me around a number of issues including dealing with painful and debilitating headaches of an unknown medical origin.  He had spent many days in pain…

Wide And Shining Eyes

Wide And Shining Eyes It was in 2011 when I came with my ex-wife to Myanmar.  In Yangon, there are many begging children that sell postcards on the streets and near the tourist areas.  Knowing this beforehand, I used to carry some sweets with me to give them instead of money. As you know, their…

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Lending A Hand

By Adam Glick This winter Boston set a record for snow and cold. We had nearly 5 feet of snow in 3 weeks and the temperatures were frequently below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. We live in the residential part of the city, so parking is typically a challenge. With that much snow everywhere, it was even…

Sharing and Caring.

December 26, 2014 I want to share something that happened to me here this morning. I went to the dining hall as usual for breakfast. Lots of people today for tambun ( donating to the Sangha). I walked the lines of lay supporters getting rice and then got the rest of my food. When I…

Some Wish For Peace

Some wish for peace, I did something (story below) I just got back from inviting 2 Muslims to serve at the head of the meal line for Tomorrow’s lunch at Pa-Auk. Everyone thought I was crazy and that the Muslims would kill me or at least shout at me as soon as I entered the…

Dinner For One-

Dinner For One I remember when I was taking Pāli Language lessons at The American Burmese Buddhist Association in Brooklyn, New York some time in 1998. The monastery was virtually unknown to the local Americans at that time and I would go there on Fridays and leave on Sundays for my private lessons from the…