The MV Dhamma Fellowship on October 1st 2017 brought joy and celebrated 中秋节 (Mid-Autumn festival) which falls on October 4th 2017 with the senior citizens at Eunos Crescent vide its Community Outreach programme.
The group congregated at Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) posed for a group photograph with Bhante Cakkapala, religious advisor, before dispersal to visit the chosen families.
The true nature of annica
Realising the philosophy of Buddhism in a nutshell is annica, dukkha and annata. It is the intrinsic nature of impermanence that is the reality of life as everything changes by the seconds and minutes. So is the nature of this Community Outreach programme that imperatively faces changes as well, which debuted in 2011.
The Community Outreach programme kick started with visits to half a dozen of families has somewhat dwindled to three families due to the inevitable attrition like old age, illness and death.
Since its inception in 2011 and over the years, three deaths had occurred and currently three senior citizens who are afflicted with ageing ailments, chronic illness and infirmity have been admitted to nursing homes.
As usual during this visit to the three families we showered them with festive season goodies like multi-flavour moon cakes and pomelo; beverages like high calcium milk powder fortified with omega 3 & 6, coffee bags, Milo, instant oat cereal, instant mixed brown rice and oat and assorted biscuits.
Household items like toothpaste and tooth brush, medicated plaster and medicated cream for muscle ache.
Visit to nursing home
We have not forgotten a Mr Gan, former resident who is admitted to the All Saints Home in Tampines and three volunteers: Brother Yeap Cheow Soon, Sisters Lily Chan and Cheng Seow Eng visited him to share and celebrate the festive occasion. (As a respect for his privacy we refrained from taking any snapshot).
The rest of the entourage visited the three families together instead of individual group to the respective family, shared and brought joy to them collectively with love and care.
Benefit of the visits
It was a delightful visit and the benefit of visiting these lonely citizens that brought and shared the joy with them was to show concern for others. “How is a person concerned with his own and the good of the others? Concerning this, one is concerned with the restraint of greed, hatred and delusion in himself, and he encourages others in the same restraint.” (A.III,172).
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
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Contributor: Chin Kee Thou
Date: October 3rd 2017
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