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Master Ching Hai's Trip To
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By Wu, Peiyuan from Bangkok News Group
very cold in the mountain areas of Northern Thailand. Almost every winter
there are people who die of the cold. As soon as Supreme Master Ching Hai
heard about this. She sent the necessary sum of money and instructed the Thai
disciples from local areas to prepare blankets, warm clothes, as well as rice,
medicine, children's clothes and stockings, and to deliver them at the beginning
of December. The local government was very touched when they learned that
our group cared so much about the local people's needs. They willingly offered
to make arrangements and notify the villagers to gather in one place to receive
the rescued items.
5th happened to be the King of Thailand's birthday. The villagers, young and
old, gathered at the square. The county governor of Maechaem started with
an introduction of our group: "We are very thankful and touched that Supreme
Master Ching Hai came to help our brothers and sisters." He then respectfully
requested Supreme Master Ching Hai to speak. She said humbly that it was our
great honor to have the opportunity to serve the people.
She commented that it was
us who should be thankful for the opportunity to share Buddha's blessings,
and for the King's reign of wisdom and love. Sincerely, She also wished for
the King's longevity and Thailand's prosperity. Then, along with Supreme Master
Ching Hai and fellow practitioners, the county governor and local staff distributed
all the needed items to the villagers.
second stop was Omkoi county. Because we didn't have enough children's clothes
and the sizes didn't fit, Supreme Master Ching Hai immediately sent fellow
practitioners to make purchases from the local stores, giving them to the
children who hadn't received theirs. Facing this oversight, She took the opportunity
to point out to everyone that we should be thoughtful of others anywhere and
at anytime. Supreme Master Ching Hai said: "As kids, we often hope to have
new clothes to wear. If we got one but it was too big or too small, wouldn't
we feel sad?" She reminded the staff that they were not careful enough. As
everyone waved good-bye, we examined ourselves inside. After returning to
the center, we had a meeting to discuss what had happened and sincerely offered
ways of improvement, so we could be more efficient the next time. We stayed
up all night to sort and count and package the clothes. Then in the morning,
we delivered them all to other villages.
were five places: Fang County, Maekha, Chiangdao, Mae Taeng and Sa Moeung.
When Supreme Master Ching
Hai arrived, the local government officials came forward to greet us. They
also introduced us as a group that keeps five precepts, maintains a vegetarian
diet and practices the Quan Yin Method of meditation. Everyone expressed their
sincere gratitude to our loving visit. She lovingly told the villagers that
since it happened to be the King's birthday, our action was to express our
gratitude to his wise care of his people. She also wished the King a long
life, his country prosperity, and his people strength. "Lucky money" in envelopes
was also present by Master to the elderly, the sick, women with children and
those with special needs, for them to buy some nutritious foods and milk powder
for the children and tonic medicine for elderly. (Master prepared these extra
cash Herself for the most needy and poorest among the poor.)
to Supreme Master Ching Hai's reminder yesterday, fellow practitioners discovered
that that morning's trip went much smoother. She personally gave out candies
and clothes to the children. They thanked Her with the innocence and happiness
of children. With smiles on their faces, they rushed home with their gifts.
Maybe they couldn't wait to tell their parents their wonderful experiences!
When Supreme Master Ching Hai was about to leave, the county governor offered
a big box of oranges to thank Her and everyone. (Master distributed them all
to the poor villagers around Her.)
Supreme Master Ching Hai
did not overlook the local staff and gifts were also given to them. The local
clinics were provided with long-needed medicine and fellow practitioners were
instructed to give the surplus clothes to orphanages and nursing homes.
could now take a break from the two-day project; time to relax! Supreme Master
Ching Hai understood our minds. She instructed the working staff to prepare
a BBQ to be held in a place with beautiful scenery. Sweet potatoes, corn and
Thai style salad were waiting for both Supreme Master Ching Hai and fellow
practitioners to enjoy. During the BBQ, She old us the secret of success:
Be attentive while working; because there is so much work, we need to shorten
the work time so we can accomplish more.
The Thai fellow practitioners
felt fortunate to have had the chance to work with Supreme Master Ching Hai
and witness Her working spirit in action. We were very touched by Her love
and care for all sentient beings at every moment. We earnestly encourage each
other to be more diligent in our spiritual practice so we could have more
strength to serve sentient being and be good instruments of God.
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