I’m glad that we have Mother’s Day so that we can specially take extra time to recollect the kindness of our mothers.
I am thankful to my mother for giving me life and showering my brother and I with her unconditional love.
Without this human life, I will not be able to have this human life of leisure and opportunity to learn the Dharma.
The best gift she has given me till date is to cautiously and diligently attend weekly Lamrim classes with me. I still remember that she would travel down to Chinatown for every lesson and have dinner with me at a vegetarian restaurant before we head over for lesson.
A mother’s nature is to always give the best to her child and that is why my mother made sure that I developed the good habit of attending Lamrim weekly classes. Her mission lasted a whole year until she was sure that I was ready.
Without my mother’s loving motivation, I would never have this chance to meet Shifu, Teacher, Lamrim and virtuous Dharma friends.
As quoted in the Filial Piety Sutra on repaying the deep kindness of our parents:
“If there were a person who carried his father on his left shoulder and his mother on his right shoulder until his bones were ground to powder by their weight as they bore through to the marrow, and if that person were to circumambulate Mount Sumeru for a hundred thousand kalpas until the blood that flowed out from his feet covered his ankles, that person would still not have repaid the deep kindness of his parents.”
From the Sutra, I know that I can never repay my parents’ kindness. Whatever, I do may sound little but I will continue to do what makes her happy and I believe that is to be a good Lamrim practitioner and to be a good disciple to our Gurus. In addition, I will aspire to quickly reach Buddhahood so that I can help all sentient beings who were once mothers of mine.
I would like to also OMAK (Observe Merit Appreciate Kindness) my mother for being a super devoted practitioner. During this work from home period, I witnessed my mom spending all her time daily on Dharma from 8 am to 12 midnight and at times even passing 1am.
To see such diligence and perseverance in her spiritual practice, I am inspired and joyously rejoice her everyday! 😀
Happy Mother’s Day, dear Mom!
Penned by Yim Yao Hua
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.