Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Doing a good turn a day

I like to listen to dharma talks by monks and those well-versed in Buddhism. They really enlighten me on many important things in our lives such as the reasons for our living, what to do to be of service to others and how to prepare for Buddhahood. Doing dana is something we should practise as often as possible. According to one monk, if we want to donate RM100, we can split the money so that we can do it daily. If we donate RM5 a day, the above sum will enable us to do dana for 20 days. It is not the amount that counts, it is the heart, the willingness to help the needy with whatever meagre sum of money we may have. Doing dana daily reminds us that things that are with us are not permanent. The money that we have may be robbed, destroyed in fire and flood and other natural disasters. Hence, we ought to part with our money to assist others who need our help.

For those who have no money, they can still do dana by giving advice to someone to kick his bad habit, console the depressed, accompany a timid person to his destination so that he is not afraid of going there all alone, giving dharma talks and so on.

You need not be a Buddhist to do a good turn a day.

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