Slow Boat from Phukthar


I arrived home late one evening, exhausted after a long trip, to find a stack of mail waiting to be opened.

Amongst the Christmas cards and various throw aways were two battered envelopes, one yellow and one white.

I knew immediately that they were from Geshe and the Monastery and that they contained photographs and invoices of what was bought this year.  The surprise was the contents of the manila envelope that was practically in pieces.  I was brought to tears when three orange cloth bags spilled out with the embroidered words:

“Phukthar Gonpa Cultural Welfare Society… sponsored by Latana”.

The photographs showed each of the monks receiving this cloth bag along with the desks, shoes, herbs and medicines that Geshe brought to them this year.

One should not expect accolades or wait for something in return when giving.  However, one would like to feel that somehow they are making a difference.

Have you heard the “starfish” story?  It goes like this:

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.  Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”  The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. 
The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”   “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? 
You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said…”
I made a difference for that one.”

~ Original Story by: Loren Eislen

In 2011, be that little boy…make a difference.

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~ by latanaphotography on December 29, 2010.

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