When we live the PL way, we live in the moment, and we experience all of what life has to offer. We are students of life.
PL Principle #1 I will live paying careful attention, putting Makoto (sincerity) into ALL I say and do.
Saturday I had planned to stay home, and work on my blog. That was my plan for the day, the Universe had other ideas.. mid morning I found myself on the highway headed out of town, towards a thrift shop about a 20 minute drive from where I live, on a super highway. Back roads would have taken twice the time or longer. I zipped along with no idea of what lay ahead. As the miles flew by my mood got lighter, my thoughts clearer. The day was a charmer, clear, cool and brisk.
As my journey continued, I found myself driving along country roads, past farmers fields, stretches of open road with nothing but plowed fields with their light dusting of snow. There were areas of woodlands, with creeks and the odd boulder or two. As the scenes before me changed so did the thoughts in my mind. Instead of jumbled and tossed around one on top of the other,they were spaced out, calmer, and more focused.
From my first destination, I had planned on another destination that was across country back roads to another non profit location, south west of my original starting point. I was almost there, when to my surprise I decided to head north up a highway that would lead me home instead of further away. OK I thought, I’ll just visit this other shop that is on the highway once I’m in the city.
When I was driving through a very small hamlet, where the grocery store once was, I saw large Chinese lettering, and a cars stationed in front of the building. I have driven by this building often enough, when it was a grocery store, we had stopped once so I could get water. It had been vacant now for some time. With no thought at all, I turned in and parked. Walked up to the door to knock, only to have it open in welcome as I arrived.
I had arrived in time for a special service and lecture by a visiting monk from China (Mongolia). Who knew! The member who spoke to me was very gracious, and when another member arrived who spoke English arrived, I was helped to “dress” for the service (they participants wore special robes to show their respect while in the temple) and how to hold my hands when chanting. (no I had never chanted before, nor had I ever attended a Buddhist service) Yes the service was in Chinese, and NO I do not speak Chinese.
In PL (Perfect Liberty) -PL Precept 11 – Always be with GOD
Saturday, I was living PL Principle #1 – I will live paying careful attention, putting Makoto into all I say and do.
and PL Principle #3 – I will live with a mind of appreciation towards others and things.
Take the road to wherever it may lead,
where you are is where you need to be
Trust, believe and be set free (Q)
Namaste – Oyashikiri
if you would like information on the Ottawa Amitabha Buddhist Society of Canada, their contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org (613) 821-3181
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