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 went back to sit and eat I found that one of the lay supporters had laid out requisites for each of us. Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, washing powder, milk and cake. Very thoughtful of them as we are always using these things.
As we were finishing the meal and getting ready to leave the hall a very old monk came in. He doesn’t stay at our Wat (Monastery), and I have never seen him before. He paid his respect to the Buddha image in the hall and sat with the only monk who seemed to know him. As he sat our eyes met for an instant.
I went back to my kuti (hut), emptied, and washed my bowl. I kept thinking of the old monk. We had all received so much, but he hadn’t got anything. I had to do something.
I put soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and cake into a bag, and went out to try to find him. I found him, paid my respect, and gave him the bag of goods. As he took the bag he held my hand and we looked into each others eyes.
The story his eyes told I could never explain, even if I wrote a thousand pages, so I’m not going to try.
Friends, today I feel like the richest man on this planet after looking into those eyes. All because someone came to the Wat to share with us, and in turn, I shared with another.
Friends, please share what you can with those that do not have. I want you to feel the great joy that I am feeling as I write this.
Thank you for listening to my ramblings, I’m not a writer or a scholar by any means.
May all beings be blessed by The Triple Gem and free from all suffering