charity and compassion

I took the kids to the temple this morning. Our annual trip to send in our food donations of rice and oil. Luckily I managed to snag two 5kg tins of cooking oil despite the brief shortage we had a few weeks back. I had to make two trips to the grocery store because they would only allow 1 tin per family.

My kids have been saving their allowance and pocket money to drop into the donation boxes. There are donation boxes all over the temple for the needy, the printing of sutras (the teachings of the Buddha), the release of captive beings (birds, fish, etc) and medical aid to various causes.

When they were much younger, this was like a treasure hunt for them, looking for these donation boxes to drop their money into. They still enjoy doing this. Now they each have their own favorite causes to donate to and they will drop more money into the causes closest to their hearts.

Compassion is an important teaching of the Buddha and it’s something I’ve instilled in my kids from since they were little. Compassion is a powerful thing, and probably one of the few things that can make all of the needless loss of lives stop but it doesn’t stop there. To us, compassion extends to all living beings, anything that has a life no matter how small or insignificant.

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