New Years Almsgiving at Wat Greensboro

“Soke Dee Pi Mai…May you be blessed in the New Year” are the words that we exchange to one another on the New Year. And to some, a New Year signifies a new beginning, but a new beginning can be any day of the year in my opinion, we can start a new beginning when ever we are ready.

According to Buddha, “the secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” This quote made me think of a quote from the movie Kung Fu Panda made by Oogway, “You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

This is so true, and present is what we’re living in, only you can bring yourself happiness like the Lord Buddha said “ Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others” and “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

We had more turnout this year than last year, and Almsgiving on January 1st is a tradition that has passed down for generations and it’s a tradition amongst the Buddhist community, a tradition for Wat Greensboro of North Carolina.

My dad above, and my GI Joe sister’s photo below.

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