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Week 27 – Lotus Flower

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“The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest mud” – Buddhist Proverb

In the Buddhist tradition, the flower that rises above the muddy waters represents the act of ascending above all desires and attachments. According to Buddhism, this is the key to achieving spiritual enlightenment. Despite the flower having its roots in the mud, it grows upward in the direction of light. This is believed to represent the aspiration to rise above and move towards light. The lotus, therefore, symbolizes the journey from darkness (as depicted by the muddy pond) to the light of knowledge or wisdom.

Photo taken in the Leal Senado Square, by me.

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Week 22 -Support Orphans in Africa To Create A Better Future

 THE STORY:
The goal of ACC (Amitofo Care Center) is to bring up orphans in Africa with a healthy mental, physical and spiritual disposition. Master Hui Li stepped foot in Africa in 1992 and witnessed the grief of AIDS on the helpless orphans who were left behind from its wake and the constant threat of disease and poverty on the majority of people. Then, he vowed to give this life and after to heal and nurture the suffering in Africa using the Buddha Dharma. He built temple, dormitories, school, medical center and started to rear, educate and offer medical care to those in need as well as to revive African culture and provide the orphans a safe and comfortable environment with sufficient opportunities to learn basic morality and insight through Buddhism and some life skills. Also, there is a unique and remarkable characteristic of ACC although it must be stressed that none of the orphans have taken refuge to Buddhism, as they respect their religious freedom and will allow them to choose their own religions as they enter adulthood. Moreover, in the year of 2014, through the help of Amitofo Care Center, four teenagers were sent to Taiwan to attend university, and have began a new chapter in their lives. They all have been living in ACC since they were ten years old as part of the first group of kids adopted by ACC. Your donation can help the orphans in Africa to create a better future.

Week 21 – Orphans in Africa

The Amitofo Care Centre (ACC) – which comprises of an administration centre, children’s dormitories, youth dormitories, preparatory school, kindergarten, library, activity centre, medical centre, vocational training centre, religious centre, CBO etc – is founded and directed by Buddhist clergy from the East with an aspiration and mission to directly rear and care for orphans of Africa within the humanitarian and educational umbrella. The main principles of ACC are based on local African culture, Chinese culture and Buddhist philosophy which are given to the orphans in need. This is considered a unique and remarkable characteristic of ACC although it must be stressed that none of the orphans have taken refuge to Buddhism, as we respect their religious freedom and will allow them to choose their own religions as they enter adulthood.

After an arduous ten years ACC’s caring programme has spread from one location to a number of African countries benefiting thousands of children and adults alike. ACC’s compassionate and philanthropic foot-prints have been left not only in South Africa but also in Swaziland, Burkina Faso, Chad, Gambia, Sao Tome and Principe, Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, etc. as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia and several South American countries as St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The total orphans that ACC has adopted to date number around 3000.

The current ACC is in association with three charity institutes namely; the Yuan Tong Culture and Care Association (R.O.C.) , Pu-Hsein Educational Foundation of Taiwan and the Amitofo Charity Association in South Africa that continuously organize and manage ACC operations along with financial support.

Venerable Hui Li, born in Taiwan and tagged as the ‘African monk’, founded ACC specifically for African orphans in the early 90’s and is still the residing chairperson. With his enthusiasm and big heart to bring love and care to the orphans

Ven. Hui Li has been awarded the “Loving of Life” medal by the Chou Ta-Kuan Foundation of Taiwan. He has also been invited by a number of First Ladies of certain African countries. Some of whom refer to him as the Buddhist Albert Sweitzer in praise of his significance and contributions thus far. Nowadays ACC, and Ven. Hui Li, is widely recognized as an international charity and educational institute and sponsored by numerous people in Asia.

UNIQUE FEATURES

The concept of ACC is based on a “Big Family” or “Children’s Village” idea. A group of 16-20 children are put together like a family with one nanny, one ‘mommy’, and one child-care teacher who all live under one roof. These adults are responsible for managing the home and taking care of the children. Twelve families will form a “Village” that provides a domestic atmosphere so that the orphans may experience the warmth of family. Consequently they may experience a social life, interacting with each other as well as learning the responsibility and obligations a resident ought to undertake.

PRESENT & FUTURE

At present the Head Quarters of ACC, the Amitofo Charity Association, is located in South Africa. The ACC in Blantyre, Malawi, is in the process of building a staff dormitory and the Yuan Tong elementary school while in Lilongwe, Malawi, plans are being set up with regards to construction. The ACC in Harare, Zimbabwe, is undergoing phase one of its construction of 30 buildings expected to be completed by the end of the year. In Swaziland and Lesotho construction began in October 2008 with ambitions to start providing shelter for orphans in those regions after one year or so of construction.

Reference:

http://amitofocc.com/acc-home

 


Week 20 – Care Without Boundaries


Week 39 – The Moment

  
Wing Chun is all about training of the “Siu Nim Tao” (Little Thoughts). Once you find the right Thought with your “Centre Line”, your life will be right. Physically, it refers to a line vertically drawn from the top of the head to the end of backbone and it leads to all movements and thoughts in mind. But everyone also has another Centre Line – the direction in life, a principle for living. This Line will determine the end of all matters being right or wrong and successful or failed because it is from where all actions are derived. It is only when we hold fast to it will we be able to make the right decision in any situation.


Week 37 – Compassion For The Refugees – The Desire To Live

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Those leaves in the crack revealed they had struggled to grow through the crack to reach surface to survive.
They thought once they reached the surface they could have a better life.
One who liked them, walked pass with a smile, and one who didn’t “see” them, step on them, ended their hopes and lives.
This photo was taken one night on a street when I was heading home after dinner. At the moment I photographed this photo, I thought of recently refugee crisis in Mediterranean.
People are dying and suffering, their homeland has became war field and they are fleeing continuously from war and conflict to European country. They struggle across the ocean on overcrowded boats seeking for shelter. Some survived, but some buried in the ocean.
I believe that every living beings have the desire to be happy and to overcome suffering. And this desire should be equal.
I believe that this is the hard time for the refugees, but also the time to test one’s compassion.

Week 36 – The 11th Hong Kong Kagyu Monlam

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The event will be held between September 10 to 13, 2015, at Tsim Sha Tsui District Kaifong Welfare Association. Last year, I attended the closing ceremony musical performance. It was great and very spiritual. This year, I would love to join the “Collecting 100 million OM MANI PADME HUNG” recitation event to dedicate to world peace and bring all religions and ethnic groups into equal and harmony association. I’m looking so forward to attending the event.

http://kagyumonlamhk.org/