The Lunar New Year of the Pig commences on February 5th 2019.
However, the Community Outreach programme of the Mangala Vihara Dhamma Fellowship (MVDF) reached out to the senior citizens of Eunos Crescent, visited them on January 27th 2019, with festive goodies and ang pow (red packet) for the Chinese New Year celebration.
The annual visit becomes a traditional event not only to cultivate the spirit of sharing and caring but also epitomises one of the Three Core Values of the MVDF to practise compassion, gratitude and generosity.
There were 16 volunteers and 12 of them congregated at the Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) and posed for a group photoshoot with Chairman Mervin Phua of the Management Committee and Bhante Cakkapala, MVDF Spiritual Advisor.
The group of 16 volunteers comprised of Constance Khoo, Lisa Khoo, Nicholas Khoo, Richard Koh, Koh Kai En, Koh Kai Jun, Suriaty Simon, Cynthia Tan, Ng Kok Hong, Lily Chan, Ong Gak Chew, Lee Mee Yin, Ellen Song, Yeap Cheow Soon, Cheng Seow Eng and Chin Kee Thou.
Four families with five family members
We set off together and visited four families with five family members and presented each member an ang pow of $38 with the must have mandarin oranges, together with the usual goodies like beverages, toiletries , medicinal ointment, milk powder, towels, and miscellaneous dry ration and of course the Chinese New Year cookies.
During this visit we had children tagged along to distribute the goodies and share the joy with the senior citizens. It was indeed a golden opportunity for them to practise generosity and experienced giving and sharing with compassion.
We shared the joy of giving and the smile on the face of each family member gladdened our hearts. “In giving food, one gives five things. What five? One gives life, beauty, happiness, strength and intelligence. And in giving these things, one partakes in the qualities of life, beauty, happiness, strength and intelligence”. (A.lll,42)
We shared group photoshoots of the four families with our readers. Noticed the joy and happiness in giving and sharing and the broad smiles, beaming from cheek to cheek all round is a wonderful and heartening sight.
Next Visitation – Zhong Qiu Jie
The next event to celebrate with the senior citizens is the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 13th 2019.
For those who are interested may visit The Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) website (mv.org.sg) to submit Contact Us on Community Outreach.
Contributor: Chin Kee Thou
Date: January 30th 2019
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