Thousands of Animals Have Been Saved in Nepal as Mass Slaughter Is Cancelled

A Hindu temple in Nepal has ended a centuries-old tradition of animal sacrifice, thanks to animal activists, India’s supreme court and the temple management’s wisdom.

Compassion: 1     Animal Sacrifice: 0

 

Nepalese temple authorities agreed to cancel the centuries-old Hindu tradition following a campaign from Humane Society International (HSI) and Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNN).

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In a statement, Gadhimai Temple Trust Chairman, Mr Ram Chandra Shah, said: “The time has come to transform an old tradition. The time has come to replace killing and violence with peaceful worship and celebration.”

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Dedication to all in Nepal

 

Just did the weekly assembly puja with the secondary school students in KMS Dharma School and extended dedication to those who perished and in Nepal right now.

Prayers and dedications to them.
Please extend whatever help you can.

May all beings be free from fear, harm and danger. _/|\_

News on CNN

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/25/asia/nepal-earthquake-7-5-magnitude/

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN)Rescue crews and residents in Nepal early Sunday began the desperate search for survivors after a magnitude-7.8 quake near the capital of Kathmandu a day earlier flattened homes, buildings and temples, causing widespread damage across the region and killing more than 1,800 people.

Year End Reflections 年末思旅

It’s been a great year! Thanks for being a part of it.
Reflect over the year … no matter how great it was, it was possible only through the kind help and support of many others. Be Thankful and Grateful.

No matter how lousy some days were, we survived it. There are many others who did not. Be Strong!

No matter how we are sometimes impatient and lose our temper, we can and should try again … and again. Have more patience and compassion for others, but even more so, have patience and compassion with ourselves!

Join me in changing the world in 2015 … … starting with ourselves!
May all be safe, healthy and peaceful,
may all be guided and protected by the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha in the new year! 阿彌陀佛!


 

过去的—年很美好!感谢您与我—同渡过。

回憶回憶 。。。
无论多么美好,也离不开他人的鼎力支持与协助。
致以由衷的谢意,感恩!

无论经历怎样的艰难困苦,我们不是—样挺过来了!然而不少人却没有这样的福气!让我们坚强如初吧!

无论有时多么沒耐心或发脾气,我们都可以也应该反复不断地努力克服。对他人充满耐心和慈悲,对我们自己更应如此。

来,与我—起在2015年改變這世界 。。。 。。。从我们自身做起!
祝愿大家,安康详和!
祝愿大家,得到佛法僧三寶的指引和庇祐!
阿弥陀佛!

(Susanna 譯)

https://www.facebook.com/wakeupnow/posts/10153406272454008

Terror Strikes Mahabodhi Temple Despite Intelligence Warnings

A sad moment.  Hope the Dharma brothers and sisters who are hurt is recovering well.
Please stop this violence here and now.

This only goes to show what
can happen when we are driven by hatred.
No matter what religion you have, let us all develop love and compassion for fellow human beings.

14.47 pm: Security alert sounded at Indo-Nepal border
An alert has been sounded on the Indo-Nepal border after nine serial explosions rocked the internationally renowned temple town of Bodh Gaya in Bihar.

District Magistrate K V Pandiyan said police and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have been alerted after the terror attack and they have been asked to maintain a vigil on the border.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/serial-blasts-bodhgaya-in-bihar-mahabodhi-temple/1/287300.html

 

Learning to Listen (Bonus Video Inside)

Sometimes what people need from us is a listening ear.

I
know how that feels like, to really just need to share something with someone.  Ok, I felt that way like maybe twice in my whole life, but I digress.

A long long time ago, I read this interesting book “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” and chuckled over the insightful note that men tend to be fixers while women tend to be listeners.  Almost any time women share with men the challenges or difficulties they are facing, men will put on their “Mr-fix-it” hat and start offering solutions.  Meanwhile women feel a disconnect, that they are not being heard.  After awhile, the man tend to stop offering solutions, or in some cases just zone out.  Then women would feel even more strongly that the man in their life is not listening to them!

It does not really matter whether the solution is valid or not, ‘cos sometimes people, not just women, do not someone to talk to or be heard, to feel like they are not alone facing their problem.  Sometimes all we really need is that emotional or morale support really.

Those of us with a “Mr-Fix-It” hat glued to our hat, can learn to go easy with our hammer as well. Not all conversations are about a nail that needs hammering or a hole to be plugged.  If we really want to help with solutions, it is vital to first listen as well, otherwise we might be bring a plumber’s wrench to fix an electrical wiring fault, or as some would say, to bring a sword to a gun-fight.

I share this not because I’m faultless, but because occasionally, I would do that as well.  Recently, a friend shared with me her experiences in active listening training on how various factors like postures, body language, eye-contact, affirmation can promote listening.

A key point was on listening without thinking.  Most people are lost in their thoughts without listening completely to what the other person has to say.  We are busy formulating our reply or answers and are just waiting for a chance to have our say.

Her sharing struck a few cords in me.  Besides the book “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” I mentioned above, it also reminded me of the counseling training I had back during university days by Shan You Counseling Centre, the training in consulting earlier on, and how that’s exactly what I saw in people whom I was having counseling or discussions with.

Many people were indeed drifting away mid-sentence, either thinking about other matters or waiting for a chance to reply … or give advices!

So I was somewhat surprised when my friend told me that me jotting notes while counseling meant that I was not 100% listening.  It got me thinking whether I am a good listener.  Perhaps I’ve gotten jaded over the years and assumed that I know all the intricacies of people’s mind and the problems they face and so I stopped listening so much.  Or maybe I’ve become complacent and thought that I can listen and write without colouring my hearing?  While I like to think that I do listen, as with most things, it is probably a shade of gray and I’m probably somewhere in between.

It is a good reminder to listen, to listen attentively with our heart.

Perhaps the next time you drop by and talk to me, you will see my pen resting idly on the writing pad or book, while I listen to what you have to say.  And if you ask me any questions or need me to suggest a solution, then will I start writing, drawing, sketching and illustrating my point.

Be like Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa 觀世音菩薩, listening attentively to the cries of sentient beings in the world, ready to care, comfort and love all.

Happy Vesak Day!

Bonus Item

A very revealing video on how active listening is most important! :p

It’s Not About the Nail from Jason Headley on Vimeo.