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Everyday is Mother’s day!

I totally agree.. I always tell people who ask me what I did for my mother for Mother’s Day that I did nothing… I love my mom everyday, not just because Hallmark says too…

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My greatest gratitude to the Unknown photographer. I received this touching photo through email.

A small child know how to Filial to his mother.

How about us?

Are we doing enough for our parent?

Are we giving enough “LOVE” to our parent?

Are we spending enough “TIME” with them?

Are we “CARE” enough?

To me, Mother’s Day celebration is not only on 2nd Sunday of May. It should be EVERYDAY.

According to Master Cheng Yen, Filial Piety is one of the most important thing we must do it now while our parent are still around.

Don’t do “A Show” in their funeral to show our “Filial piety”. It is too late!

Regret is the biggest Punishment in life!

Share with you a few good quotes:

The kindness of Parent

“There is nothing like the love of a mother and father. Parents endure great hardship for us and provide everything we…

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Mother’s Day – Mary mother of Jesus; Queen Maya mother of Buddha…

Mary the Mother of Jesus

Mary was a young virgin girl, most likely around the age of 12 or 13, who was to marry a man named Joseph.  However, it is written in the Holy Bible that Mary was visited by an angel of God.

“26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be calledthe Son of God.” – Luke 1:26-35 (1)

In biblical Jewish culture, when a woman is engaged to a man, they are actually officially married, therefore, the fact that Mary was pregnant and the child was not Joseph’s, he could have had her stoned to death.  Nevertheless, Joseph knew that it was a miracle and allowed Mary to live and accepted Jesus as his own.  While Mary was pregnant, a census of the land was declared causing Joseph and Mary to travel about 80 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  Since many people were traveling at that time and they would have had to travel slowly since Mary was pregnant, Mary and Joseph were unable to find lodging.  Therefore, they found a person willing to let them stay in a barn.  After Jesus’ birth, Mary would have been as any other house wife in that time.  After Joseph died, it would have been Jesus’ responsibility to care for his mother, since he was the eldest son.  For this reason, Mary traveled with Jesus as he preached.

Queen Maya the Mother of Buddha

Queen Maya, also known as Mahamaya or Mayadevi, means illusion or enchantment in Pali language.  Queen Maya was born in Devadha in the kingdom of Nepal sometime in the 1st century BCE.  She was married to King Suddhodana the king of the Sakya clan of Kapilvastu.  The king and Queen Maya were unable to have children for twenty years of their marriage.  One night on a full moon, Queen Maya had a dream about a white elephant. “She felt herself being carried away by four devas (spirits) to Lake Anotatta in the Himalayas. After bathing her in the lake, the devas clothed her in heavenly cloths, anointed her with perfumes, and bedecked her with divine flowers. Soon after a white elephant, holding a white lotus flower in its trunk, appeared and went round her three times, entering her womb through her right side. Finally the elephant disappeared and the queen awoke, knowing she had been delivered an important message, as the elephant is a symbol of greatness in Nepal” (2).

Queen Maya was said to be pregnant for ten lunar months. She then began traveling back to her own home to give birth to her baby.  However, the baby came before she reached her home. She walked to a Sal Tree which is thought to be in the beautiful flower garden of Lumbina Park, Nepal.  Queen Maya Devi gave birth standing while holding onto a Sal Tree branch.  It is thought that she died seven days after giving birth.

All mothers are great as all mothers give birth to someone special.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12 (1)

“Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child.” (3)

(1) – Holy Bible. New International Version.

(2) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_%28mother_of_Buddha%29

(3) – http://thinkexist.com/quotation/love_the_whole_world_as_a_mother_lovers_her_only/296857.html

Thank you…

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of people who have viewed my blog in the past two months.  I began this blog to aid me in my journey to gain inner peace and happiness.  I was a Christian for all of my life.  And though I have Jesus in my life, I have not always been able to see happiness in myself.  With Buddha’s teachings, which so closely reflect the teachings of the Bible, I have been venturing toward a place of happiness.  Tomorrow marks the two month anniversary of the beginning of this journey as well as full moon celebration of the birth of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha in several countries.  Thank you all for taking this journey with me.  Below, is a list from my stats page of all the countries and views I have received from March 6th – May 4th.  I hope to continue my journey with you all for many more months and years.  Thank you again…

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The Buddha, The Awakened One

As it is Vesak in several countries now, I figured I would reblog this great blog by Panacea today. Enjoy…

PANACEA

This article is dedicated to The Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, whose Birth Anniversary is to be celebrated on the full moon of 6th May, 2012. This day commemorates three important events of Buddha’s life, his birth; his enlightenment, i.e., attainment of supreme wisdom and; his attainment of Nirvana, i.e., the complete extinction of his self.

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, a spiritual teacher from ancient India lived and died in about the fifth century before the Christian era. Buddha means “enlightened one”, someone who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions, the “Awakened One”, someone who has awakened and seen things as they really are. Because he has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and has removed all obstructions from his mind, he knows everything of the past, present, and future, directly and simultaneously. Buddha has great compassion which is completely impartial and embracing all living beings without discrimination.

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Christian-Buddhist Holidays

With the passing of Easter, I was thinking about the multiple holidays for Protestant Christians and Theravada Buddhist.  I know all the Christian holidays, but I don’t know much about the Buddhist holidays.  Below, is the collective list, in chronological order, of the Protestant Christian (C) and Buddhist (B) holidays that I observe in one fashion or another.

(C) – January 1st – New Year’s Day – This isn’t a religious holiday, but it is the New Year for people in the Christian world and those who use the Gregorian calendar.

(B) – Anytime between mid-January and mid-February – Lunar New Year’s Day – This is somewhat a religious holiday, due to the very strong cultural bonds with celebrating the New Year.  Buddhist, which tend to be Asian in decent, use the Lunar calendar.

(B) – Full moon day of the third lunar month (this year February 7th) – Magha Puja (Sangha Day)– Also called Fourfold Assembly, this day is a festival for observance of a special event that happened nine months after Buddhas’ Enlightenment.  The event occurred as followed: There were 1,250 monks, that came to see and learn from the Buddha.  The Buddha gave them the principles of Buddhism called “The Ovadhapatimokha” (To cease from all evil; To do what is good; and To cleanse one’s mind).  This occurred on a full moon.  Laypeople (non-monks) often walk around a shrine or Buddha image three times as a gesture of respect for the Three Jewels – the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

(C) – Sunday before Easter – Palm Sunday – Palm Sunday represent the arrive of Jesus in Jerusalem the week before he was put to death on the cross.

(C) – Friday before Easter – Good Friday – Good Friday commemorated the day that Jesus was beaten by the Romans and hung on the Cross for crucifixion.

(C) – Sunday sometime between March 22nd – April 25 – Easter – Easter celebrated the resurrection (rising from the dead) of Jesus three days after he was beaten and hung on the cross by the Romans.

(B) – Different day every year – June 4th, 2012 – Vesakha Puja (Buddha’s birth, Enlightenment and Death) – Vesakha Puja is sometimes spelled Vesak and occurs on a different day every year.  Vesakha Puja commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing into Nirvana of the historical Buddha.

(B) – On the full moon of the eighth lunar month in July – Asalha Puja – Also known as Dharma Day, Asalha Puja commemorates the first sermon of the Buddha, the Dhammacakkappavttan Sutta.  In this sermon, the Buddha explained his doctrine of the Four Noble Truths.

(B) – Three months between July and October – Vassa – Vassa or the Rains Retreat, begins the day after Asalha Puja and ends three months later.  During Vassa, monks stay in monasteries and intensely meditation. Laypeople take part in Vassa by bringing food, candles and other necessities to monks to support them during this time.  They also sometimes give up eating meat, smoking, or luxuries during Vassa, which is why Vassa is sometimes called the Buddhist Lent, comparative to the Catholics lent.  Vassa is the end of the three-month period.

(C) – 4th Thursday of November – Thanksgiving – United States holiday in which people Christian and non-Christian like, give thanks to God for the food He provided through the autumn harvest.  This was first observed when the Native-Americans (Indians) aided the pilgrims harvest corn for the first time.

(C) – December 25th – Christmas Day – The observed day for the birthday of Jesus to Virgin Mary.  I say observed day, because no one knows the actual day Jesus was born.

(C) Every Sunday – Every Sunday of the year is devoted to resting the body and worshiping God.  Like the Jewish culture, Christians call this day the Sabbath.  Most Christians go to church on this day.

(B) The four phases of the moon (full, new, and the two quarter) – Uposatha – Uposatha is equivalent to the Christian Sunday church services.  Monks rededicate themselves to meditation and study, confess their faults and the ancient monastic rules are recited.  For laypeople (non-monk Buddhist), Uposatha are days for bringing offerings to the temple, where they may also meditate and listen to dharma talks.

Note: This is not an extensive list of Christian and Buddhist holidays.  I only put the holidays that I, as a Protestant Christian and a Theravada Buddhist, would observe.  Catholics and Zen Buddhist, etc. have many more holidays that are not listed.

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