The Outreach programme is a humanitarian arm of MV Dhamma Fellowship that reaches out to the lonely elderly citizens residing at Eunos Crescent in collaboration with the Lions Befrienders. Besides visiting them on the fourth Sunday of each month, Outreach also celebrates main festivals bringing them joy. The two festivals have traditionally been Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn festival.
For the first time the Monday Buddhism evening class was engaged and joined in the celebration of the Mid-Autumn with the elderly citizens of Eunos Crescent on August 31st . It was indeed a good opportunity to put into practice what was taught in the classroom the virtue of dana, and a contribution of $378.00 was collected.
In doing a noble deed the donors accrued merits for themselves not only in this lives but also future lives “when they give out of faith with a heart of confidence, food accrues to the givers when they arise both this world and in the other world.” [SN 1, 2, 23(3)].
The Committee Member of Outreach, Sister Cheng Seow Eng, addressed the class on August 25th personally thanked and acknowledged receipt of the funds and expressed a token of appreciation to the donors. She extended her invitation to the class for visitation to these elderly citizens and celebrated the joyous event together with them.
The donors and volunteers gathered at the temple on August 31st at 12:30 pm with team leaders assigned to each family collected the goodies, purchased with the contributions from generous donors and volunteers, for distribution to the listed eight families. Each family received a package consisted of the traditional moon cakes, toiletries, grocery, dried provisions and other basic household necessities.
It was a debut event for our new spiritual advisor, Bhante Cakkapala, who graced the occasion and lent moral support. A group photograph session with Bhante to commemorate the noble occasion by the contributors and volunteers, for memento was indeed commendable.
The families residing at Block 1 and Block 2 were delighted to receive the gifts from the visitors and volunteers. The joy and pride beamed on their faces with broad smiles that grinned from cheek to cheek and the twinkles in their eyes were beyond expression in words. Their joy and appreciation permeated and gladdened the hearts of the visitors and volunteers on this joyful occasion of cared and shared.
It was indeed a joyful event for both givers and receivers, at least for me, provided an additional avenue to put into practice the doctrine of Buddhism that I learnt from the classroom. “When one who recites much the Sacred Text but is negligent and does not practice according to the Dhamma, is like a cowherd who counts others’ kine, he has no share in the benefit of The Holy Life. When one who recites little Sacred Text but practises in accordance with the Dhamma, forsaking lust, hatred and ignorance, he shares the fruit of the Holy Life.” (Dhp 19 & 20).
For readers who wish to participate in the Outreach programme may contact Sister Cheng Seow Eng by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Contributor: Chin Kee Thou
Evening Buddhism Class
August 31st 2014