Cleaning Pebble Stones for a Pure Heart and Mind

The Dharma Drum Mountain World Centre for Buddhist Education organized an interesting volunteer event on 2 October 2011 morning and despite there being some rain, 150 volunteers gathered at the Wish-Fulfilling Guanyin Hall to help clean the pebble stones from the Wish-Fulfilling Pool.

The exercise was also an opportunity for some reflection and a way of helping to cleanse and purify the heart and mind.

Nothing could dampen the spirit of the volunteers that day and in spite of having to put on hats, raincoats and boots, the beautiful smiles on their faces expressed the enjoyment they experienced participating in this activity. They felt gratitude in their hearts to be able to work cleaning the lichen-covered pebbles and stones from the pool.

“This is fun, actually! Cleaning these pebble stones is also a Dharma exercise that has helped us to clean the vexations of the mind,” a volunteer said. “This is a rare opportunity. I will come when the cleaning exercise is offered again,” said Mrs Huang, another volunteer from Hong Kong.

(translated by Jin Yang/edited by DDM Australia Editing Team)

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