Ian meeting Venerable Master Hsing Yun

I received a wonderful email from Venerable Miao Hsi a couple weeks ago. She let me know that BLTV (Buddha’s Light TV) would be at temple on the 21st to film a story of Hsi Lai. They wanted to begin with children letting go of balloons and right away she thought of Ian. I was humbled and honored they would consider him for inclusion and of course let her know we would be there.

Here is a picture of the film crew getting a still and video shot of the little man


Venerable Master Hsing Yun at Hsi Lai, originally uploaded by mindonly.

After the filming was done, we went to talk to Venerable Miao Hsi and thank her. She let me know Venerable Master would be coming out to take a group picture and we were welcome to be in it. What a day this was turning out to be.

Once the picture was done on the steps of the main shrine everyone was standing with Master and the Venerable who had been assisting the BLTV film crew came over and asked for Ian to please come meet Master. (At this point, Daddy was beside himself.)

I’ll make a side note here; having grown up around the temple, and watching Daddy bow in respect to the many monastics, I believe it may have rubbed off on Ian; something I am thankful of.

As Ian walks up to Venerable Master Hsing Yun, he put his hand on his head just as Ian makes a bow to him. This has such meaning for me, I won’t even attempt to describe it here in words. Just know that my heart swelled…

Venerable Master Hsing Yun is someone I very much admire. He has done countless good for the world, and continues to do so. He is someone I look up to as a great teacher.

Thank you Venerable Master Hsing Yun.


…joining palms

Buddhas Birthday Celebration

Tomorrow, the little man and I will be going to celebrate the Buddha’s Birthday.

From Venerable: “Saturday, May 19 (1:00–4:00 pm) at Cal Poly Pomoma in the Gymnasium. There will be a light-offering cerermony and of course, bathing the Buddha ceremony. Every participant will receive a beautiful lotus flower light.”

I am quite happy this is tomorrow. I feel that I need a small reset, and this is a great place for that. I even think little man is going to behave. I would take pictures, but, Dawn will have the camera for her outing. (more on that later). I’ll see how some camera phone pictures turn out and hopefully post those.

Next issue of the magazine

Well, the last issue was cancelled due to end of year busyness. So, we’ve gone ahead and used that month’s content, and added to it. I wish I would have had more time to write, and modify, but with life/work being as it is lately, that was just not possible.

Overall I’m still very happy we’ve received as much input from others to include. The group is really coming together for the content and that can only strengthen the magazine. I need to get the website to where it needs to go — — urgently. The people on 8apps have been quite helpful in sharing ideas when I posed a question about using WordPress as a CMS. And I’m so thankful to all of them.