BENEFITING: Amitofo Charity Center
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.
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.
They are so adorable!
I accidentally found this gift box. It was a Valentines handmade present that I made to my husband, when he was my boyfriend, 13 years ago. A hand glove and two stuff animals. Can you tell what animal they look like.:D
First year we celebrated my husband’s birthday together in our apartment after marriage.
Not that often we could see each other in every family events.
“Starting Out The Marriage Journey – I will be there, no matter what.”
Location: Wanaka, New Zealand
Photographed by: Kylin Image
Filial piety is defined as showing respect, love and reverence for parents, elders and ancestors. In ancient Chinese ethics, filial piety is considered as the prime virtue and the basis of all right human relations, and it is even considered as the most important moral to ensure a peaceful and happy family and society.
I found this free distribution book in Singapore at the Buddha Tooth Relics Temple. The content is so touching and true. Two friends of mine love it so much and shed tears after reading the whole book. That’s why I would love to share it with you here. Hoping it could touch your heart as well.
The Buddha’s Teaching On The Difficulty In Repaying The Deep Kindness of Parents (Filial Piety Sutra)
At one time, the Buddha was at the Jeta Grove in Sravasti, together with two thousand and five hundred Bhikshus and thirty-eight thousand Bodhisattvas Mahasatvas. One day, the Buddha, together with His disciples, walked to the southern part of the city. Suddenly, they came upon a pile of bones by the roadside. Immediately, the World Honoured One bowed down to make obeisance to the bones respectfully. When His disciples saw that, they were puzzled, “Why did The World Honoured One bow to the bones?” Venerable Ananda put his palms together and asked the Buddha, “World Honoured One! You are the Great Teacher of the Three Realms. You are the kind Father of all sentient beings. You are greatly revered by the people in the world and you are held in high esteem by us!” “Please tell us the reason for making obeisance to this piles of bones. What are the causes and conditions behind it?” The Buddha told Ananda compassionately, “Good question indeed, Ananda! All of you are my foremost disciples and have been cultivating for a long time but there are things which you may not understand yet.” “This pile of bones could have been the bones of our ancestors, or they might have been the bones of our parents from many past lives. How can a man not pay respect to his parents?” “That is why I bowed respectfully to them.” The Buddha continued to say, “Ananda, now you can divide the bones into two parts. If the bones belonged to a man, they would be white and heavy. But, if they belonged to a woman, they would be dark and weigh less.” Venerable Ananda then asked the Buddha, “World Honoured One! This is what I cannot understand. In this world, a man is dressed differently from a woman. He adorns himself with robes, belts, shoes, hats and other fine attire so that we can identify him as a male at a glance.” “A woman will adorn her body with powder, cosmetics and perfume. Just by looking at her dressing, we know that she is a lady!” “But when they are dead, only the bones remain. There is not much difference in those bones. How can we differentiate them?” The Buddha said seriously, “If a man always goes to the temple to listen to explanations of the Sutras and Precepts, makes obeisance respectfully to the Triple Gem – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and recites the Buddha’s name diligently, upon his death, he will have bones which are as white as jade and are heavy.” “As for a woman, if she were to be immersed in love and emotions while she was alive, did not listen to the Sutras or make obeisance respectfully to the Buddha, and felt that her sole duty was to give birth, nurtures children, and breast-feed them…” “…how could she not get weak, thin and haggard because the milk was transformed from her blood? Besides, every child needs more than eight stones of milk for his growth.” “That is why after her death, her bones are darker and lighter.” “When Ananda heard that, he felt such great pain in his heart, just as though he was being stabbed with a knife. He cried sorrowfully and asked, “World Honoured One! How can I repay the virtuous kindness of my mother?” The Buddha told Ananda, “Listen carefully! A pregnant woman has to endure ten months of suffering.” “During the first month of pregnancy, the life of a foetus is as precarious as a dew drop on the grass, which has condensed at dawn and might disappear by mid-day.” “During the second month, the embryo congeals like a piece of curd.” “During the third month, it is like a piece of coagulated blood. During the fourth month, the foetus gradually assumes a slightly human form.” “During the fifth month, the vital organs such as the head, two hands and two legs are formed.” “During the sixth month, the essence of the six senses are developed. They are the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind.” “During the seventh month, the three hundred and sixty bones and joints are formed.” “Besides, the eighty-four thousand hair pores are formed. During the eight month, the brain is almost fully formed and is endowed with mind-consciousness and knowing faculty.” “After that, the nine apertures on the body are opened. They are the two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, a mouth, the anus and the urethra.” “When the foetus is nine months old, it often kicks and struggles in the womb, just like the vibration of Mount Sumeru. The mother can seldom get a good sleep, neither can she eat properly.” “From the first moment when the foetus comes into being until the moment it is born into the world, it gets its nutrients by feeding on its mother’s blood.” “On reaching the tenth month, all the vital organs are fully developed. The foetus is ready to be born.” “After carrying the foetus for then months, the mother has undergone immense suffering. In order to ease the birth of her baby, the mother’s blood flows out like a river!” “In a smooth delivery, the baby will flow along with the blood and emerge with the four limbs curling inwards and its head facing downwards, without causing any injury to its mother.” “But in a difficult delivery, the baby will kick and struggle its way out, and hence causing great pain to its mother.” “It is as if the mother’s body is cut by a thousand knives and the heart is pierced by ten thousand arrows. The mother’s agony is really appalling.” “As children, we should never forget the suffering our mother went through when she gave birth to us. Otherwise, we will be worse than animals.” “Our kind mother had endured immense suffering during the process of delivery. If we were to go into details, there were at least ten types of deep kindness which were bestowed upon us by her.” “The first type is the kindness of caring for and protecting the foetus in the womb in every possible way. The second type is the kindness of enduring extreme pain during the delivery.” “The third type is the kindness of forgetting all her sufferings and worries after the delivery.” “The fourth type is the kindness of feeding her child with all delicacies.” “The fifth type is the kindness of letting her child sleep well in dry and warm conditions while she endures wet and cold conditions.” “The sixth type is the kindness of breast-feeding her child to ensure that he is healthy without thinking of her own well-being.” “The seventh type is the kindness of washing away the filth of the child without a care for her hands which get dirty or for her skin and flesh which get split by contact with the cold water.” “The eight type is the kindness of always thinking of her child who has to travel afar. She is always looking forward anxiously to the homecoming of the child and always thinking of the child tearfully.” “The ninth type is the kindness of being willing to undergo suffering on behalf of her child as she loves him dearly.” “The tenth type of kindness is her everlasting love and affection for her child.”
…(to be continued)
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Book Title: The Buddha’s Teaching On The Difficulty In Repaying The Deep Kindness of Parents (Filial Piety Sutra)
Published by: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Awaken Publishing & Design
Don’t forget to care about others too.
There are famous stars at the back of the picture. Too crowded. I couldn’t find a way to slip in the crowd.
In my previous blog posts, I talked about what I witnessed in my past-life-regression, in which I saw myself as a little girl who dressed like a maid with a white apron in a mansion. I left the mansion and then I met a paperboy next to the fountain. I played with him for a while and then when he left, I followed him to the marketplace. After that, I met someone who was my friend in my past live, and in this life, the same man (same soul different body) appeared in my life and came to helped me when I got lost on the street when I was a little. Also, I met my mother…
The City (The War Is Coming Soon)
After that, I have a desire to go out to the city. It is full of curiosity out there. However, maids are not allowed to go out of the house, unless to buy goods in the city…
I walk pass the entrance gate of the house…to the paved road (the bridge)…and then I arrive to the city. It is hazy and everywhere looks so blue and grey. I witness a group of military units. Oh my God! The country is preparing for war! I feel unsecured at that moment. I turn around and want to go back to the house immediately. The war is coming soon and I need to tell the old man…
I come to the old man and tell him that the war is coming. The old man says that he already knows about it. I ask him why this is happening, and he doesn’t know the answer. In a sudden, on my left, I see military jeeps passing by. There is a flag put at the rear of the jeeps. It is a flag with a red circle in the middle on a white background with red rays extending outward from the red circle. Then I look at the sky, I see sort of hot air balloon (observation balloon) with people inside a basket. There is a number printed on the balloon but I can’t see it clearly… I’m so scared! … It is the Second World War!
In my previous blog posts, I talked about what I witnessed in my past-life-regression, in which I saw myself as a little girl who dressed like a maid with a white apron in a mansion. I left the mansion and then I met a paperboy next to the fountain. I played with him for a while and then when he left, I followed him to the marketplace. After that, I met someone who was the same man (same soul) that I met in this life when I was a child…
Here, my story continues:
A Woman Who Claims That She Is My Mother
I want to go back to the big house. I send love to the old man, and say goodbye to him. I know that I will see him tomorrow. Now, I am in the bedroom of the big house. I am sitting on a chair in front of the window. From the small window I can only see clouds moving in the sky because the window is located above my eye level. I am just sitting here and doing nothing. I don’t like to work and I like to stay in the bedroom an entire day to avoid working. Once I step out of my bedroom I need to work. (I have a feeling that I work in the kitchen). No one in the house talks to me. I feel so alone and abandoned…
I’m with my teddy bear, lying on my bed, relaxing…
I get out of my bedroom and walk down the stairs. I come to a big open kitchen where I see many maids are working hardly. They are preparing food and cooking. I see one of the maids is wearing a dark green dress with a full-length apron over the dress. Next to the kitchen, there is a dining table where it is seated a bald man with a pair of round big eyes. He looks angry. I have no idea who he is…
I am back to my bedroom lying on my bed again… I see a woman standing next to my bed watching me. I don’t know who she is. She is wearing the same thing as the maids wear. So, I guess she is a maid too. She is telling me that she is my mother. I don’t believe her and I think silently that she can’t be my mother! I have no mother and father! I don’t know why I’m here and why I’m being left here. In this moment, I know what my name is – it is Lucy… The woman keeps telling me that she is my mother but I don’t believe her… Everyone in the house is a liar! I trust no one…except the old man … and the boy…
All of a sudden, the door opens, and the boy (the paperboy) brings a man in (a man with a dark suit) to my bedroom… Now, they are all standing next to my bed watching me…
…I bring that woman in a black dress (she looks like the woman with a parasol who I saw on the paved road) to the old man (the shoe repairman). As we are in front of the old man, the woman disappeared. The old man gives me some coins for me to buy food that I like. I am so happy to receive the coins… I walk away from him…
I am in my bedroom again. I am Cristina (current life) at the moment, facing opposite to Lucy (my previous life). I shift to first-person perspective as Cristina. At the suggestion of Dr. Teoh, I approach the little girl Lucy to send her love and help. Lucy refuses to accept any help from me. She pushes me away and she doesn’t want anyone to help her. She thinks that her life is a misery. For this reason, she wants Cristina, her future self, to be misery as well… She says she doesn’t know me at all and she wants me to go away.
With guide, Lucy feels that she is protected by white light. Now, I shift back to first-person perspective as Lucy, and Cristina is not here anymore. When I’m within the light, I suddenly receive information about Einstein. Everybody is talking about Einstein at that moment. He is famous and his photograph has been published on the newspapers… After awhile, I concentrate on Lucy again… I feel so safe in the light… I start to become mindly opened … and free of mistrusting people from the house… Now, many people are right in front of me, including the woman who claims to be my mother…
The maids tell me that she (the woman) is my mother! I get so emotional … and tears begin to flow unstoppably out of my eyes… Yes! … That’s right! She is my mother! I know it all now! She was weak and she was dead after giving birth to me. That is why I’m being left here in this big house. It wasn’t her choice to leave me and it wasn’t her fault!
I can’t stop crying… I know that she loved me so much! … Moreover … I recognize that she is the same mother in my current life!
The maids knew everything… They knew why I was here and who my parents were. They just didn’t want to tell me because they were afraid that I could get hurt to know the truth… They are not liar as I thought they were … They just wanted to protect me… All the maids, my mother and I are now all in the backyard. I visualize my mother goes into the light with joy and love… She is protected by light and I’m protected by white light as well… Everyone is watching her floating up to the sky, leaving us. My mother loves me so much. As she floats higher and higher, I pass my teddy bear to her to express that I love her…
In my previous blog posts, I talked about what I witnessed in my past-life-regression, in which I saw myself as a little girl who dressed like a maid with a white apron in a mansion. I left the mansion and saw a black classic car passing by, and then I met a paperboy. I followed him to the marketplace. On the way I saw a woman and a shoe repairman…
Here, my story continues:
A Shoe Repairman (An Old Man)
All of a sudden, I recognize this old man!! “Oh my God! It’s him!” I cry emotionally at the moment I know who he is. He is the shoe repairman, who had helped me when I was lost on the street when my father went into a store in my current life (this was happening in my current life, when I was 4 or 6 years old). He sent me to the police department and then got my parents to take me back home.
I get so emotional and I can’t stop crying. I can’t believe that he is the same shoe repairman who I’ve met both in my previous and current life. Although he looks so different but I know that is him! He is an old man and has got white hair and a pairs of big round eyes (previous life), and he was a middle-aged man with black hair in my current life (when I was at the age of 4 or 6)…
When I stop crying I learn that the old man is very lonely and sad because he has separated from his family. When I know more about him, I start to know a little bit about myself. I have got no parents and being left to somebody else in the mansion. I am so alone and feeling abandoned! The old man has got children, but his children left him as they grow up. He is also sad and feeling alone. I am his friend. Every time I come to buy goods in the city I would stop by and would spend some time talking with him. He likes people to listen to him, and I am a good listener. I say thank you to the old man for helping me when I was lost. I send him my love and gratitude. I am so grateful to him for being in my lives… (I can hardly express all my feeling in words. All I can say it is that the feeling is so magical and spiritual.)
In my previous blog post, I talked about what I witnessed in my past life regression, in which I saw myself as a little girl with a white apron.
Here, my story continues:
A BLACK CLASSIC CAR
I walk to the entrance gate. It is a pair of black wrought iron gates, round at the top border. The gates open when I walk through them. Now, I’m standing outside the gates and in a glimpse, I see a black classic car passing by. It is a fully-closed body car with windows, four wheels, round and short at the rear. There is a man aged around 40 or 50 who is driving the car. Through the car window I can see that the steering wheel of the car is on the right, and the man has moustache, which is narrow and it is in the area between the nose and the upper lip. Moreover, he is wearing a black suit and a black hat. I don’t know who he is. I guess he is just someone who passes by. Before the car is driven away from me, I see numbers at the rear of the car, which are 1, 5, 0 and others two numbers I can’t see. After that, I walk closer to the fountain which is located at the one o’clock position of the iron gates.
Part 1 – Maid
Out of curiosity, I went through a past life regression experience, with a safe and trustworthy Master Hypnotist, Dr. Teoh, who is a certified member of The Newton Institute, Certified International Instructor, Hypnotherapist, LBL Spiritual Regression Hypnotherapist, Master Practitioner of NLP & Time Line Therapy.
I consider this is one of the most exciting alternative travel experiences that I’ve ever had!
Was it real memory from the past? Or was it simply fantasy or false memory? I don’t know. There’s so much out there beyond the grasp of our understanding. You may like to decide it by yourself after reading it. 🙂
At Kuala Lumpur, some day on August 2008.
This is what I witnessed under hypnosis:
My First Experience of a Past-Life Regression
…100, 99, 98, 97, 96…88…82…
…I see myself walking down the stairs. When I reach to the bottom of the stairs, there is a door (it is opened and it is so bright) just in front of me. In my left arm, I’m holding a light brown color teddy bear with a heart shape on its stomach. I look at my foot and I see I am wearing a pairs of black leather shoes and a pairs of white socks. Then I look at my body I am wearing a brown colored dress with flower pattern and with lace at the bottom, and a white pinafore over my dress. Then, I use a third-person perspective looking at myself and I see I have got long curly brown hair with a red ribbon on my hair, round cheeks and I have got so many freckles on my face. I’m just a little girl aged 7 or 8 and my skin color is white. I slowly walk through the door and on the far left side, I see people (2, 3 or 4 female) preparing food or serving meal on one of the rectangular shape table (there are two wood tables parallel to each other) in a backyard of a big house. Right now I’m just standing here on the ground and scared to make any movement. The ground is covered with green grass; no flowers in the backyard. When I am encouraged by the hypnotherapist to walk around, I walk closer to the ladies and now they are standing here in front of me and looking at me (shift to first-person perspective). The one on the left is a fat old woman who is wearing a black colored dress with a white full-length apron and a white hat. The image I see is so clear and vivid. She has freckles on her cheeks, many wrinkles on her forehead and on her face as well. She looks very unfriendly and she is talking (to me?). I can’t hear anything at all except the warm voice of Dr. Teoh (the hypnotherapist). The other one on the right looks a lot younger, taller and nicer than the first woman, and she is wearing a brown colored dress also with a white full-length apron and a white hat. She also has freckles on her face. Both of them are maids, and all of a sudden, I think that I am also a maid because I dress like them…
Working hard with assembling a RX-78 with 375 mm tall Gundam…
Let’s make some noise! 😀
Have a great weekend everyone!
I can’t wait for the show! 😀
I’m going to see Linkin Park live again, and this is going to be my 6th time! I’m so happy about it, but also a bit sad. I’m sad because I miss the chance to get tickets to the Summit on the same day before the concert where I can meet the band and shake Mike Shinoda’s hand. 😀
I won’t give up going to their future show until I shake his hand. 😀 Heehee
Have a great weekend everyone! 😀