This week at the Living Wisdom School our classrooms celebrated with one of our staff members her national heritage, culture and events in her early life. She has a extraordinary story to tell about coming to this country with her family on a boat from Vietnam. She is one of my dearest friends and shares so much joy with many truth-seekers. Her generosity is so humbling.
Together we were able to participate in the Vietnamese New Year and tour the local Buddhist Temple just around the corner from where we live in Lynnwood,Washington. We took a small group of older students there this afternoon from our 3rd-5th grade class at the Living Wisdom School.
This is a magical spiritual place and I wanted the children from our school to feel the power and devotion that is so measurable on the grounds.
There is a section at the top of the property, lined with over 30 statures of Buddha and Quan Yin.
Walking peacefully together in a prayer mediation, we instructed the children as to the deeper meanings of each Buddha. I also spoke to them that each stature represented a small part of themselves inwardly.
One of the third graders said to me, "You can really look into their eyes and see the difference." Many of these children have been at our Living Wisdom School now for many years. They know what it is like to pray, meditate, chant and they see themselves as light and energy bodies.
Even though stormy weather had closed down the New Years celebrations, the temple remained open just for our students. They were also personally guided through prayers in the temple by one of the monks. They were able to do full saluations to the Buddha along side of him. Two of the boys when leaving today said to me," I wish I could live here."
|Lightening incense and offering prayers to the great ones.|
This was a deep experience for all of us today.
May your heart and soul be filled with gratitude during this auspicious time in the Asian New Year.
" I bow to the soul in you as you bow to the soul in me
And together we are one."