I was born in a family with 6 siblings and both my parents have to work to support the family. During the 60s, my parents were afraid that we will mix with bad company and for this reason they were very strict and always confined us at home.

Not being able to understand my mother’s intentions as a young child, I started to have many discontentment on why I have to go through all this.

I did not have good academic results as such my mother adviced me that I need to take up a skill, so as to survive and lead a better life. I remember she always reminded us to work for an honest day’s wage, as there is no free lunch in this world. Due to this, I didn’t dare once tell her about my difficulty at work.

Now, I am so fortunate to have met up with the Buddha’s teaching and begin to understand many things that happened during my early childhood days. Last week, I heard Shifu’s recorded recount about his mother and his perception of his mum’s behavior. That is, every mother’s love for her children remains the same, regardless of their age.

After hearing Shifu’s thoughts, I felt so guilty of my thoughts as a child about my mother. Firstly, I have to thank my mother for bringing me into this world. Secondly, to OMAK her for her strict upbringing, or else, I do not know what I will end up to be today.
Last but not least, if not for her advice, I would not be able to achieve what I have achieved in life.

As Mother’s Day is approaching, I would like to show my gratitude to her as my dearest mother, who guided me through this wonderful life. In appreciation of this precious life given, I aim to improve in my Dharma studies and attain a better status life after life and benefit all sentient beings including my mothers of infinite lives.

Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother, I Love You.

Edward Soong

Filial Piety towards our Mothers
孝敬母亲 – 斋僧供灯积福

Accumulate Merits through  Sangha & Light Offering
This year we’ll probably celebrate Mother’s Day in quarantine.

To stay close to your Mother, you can do a Mother’s Day Special Offering to Buddha and Bodhisattvas for her. 

This will bestow divine blessings for her health and well-being. What better way to show your love and filial piety then making this offering as a gift for your beloved Mother.