Bowled over by Dharmapalas

21 September 2010 - 6:50pm Comments Off

Winding down for the year-end school holidays, the Manjushri Kids’ Class attendees and their parents and teachers capped a successful year of fruitful Dharma learning by letting loose at the bowling lanes, courtesy of Sunway Pyramid Bowl.

The day's 10 winners!

As our Spiritual Guide, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche always reminds us, spirituality is how we conduct ourselves beyond the meditation cushion. Essentially, how we lead our lives during the 23 hours we are not praying determines the level of our practice. When push comes to shove, that’s where our dark side rears its ugly head – we are naturally competitive beings, even as our forefathers fought for territorial rights and had to conquer or be conquered.

So, as there were prizes to be won during this bowling outing, some gave themselves an advantage by putting up the gutter guardrails, while other kids who did not choose that option cried foul. Out came the selfishness, jealousy and anger…it was a good opportunity to teach the kids to think of others first and give them the victory.

After all, bowling is only a game and the whole idea was to have fun!

The adults also had an awesome time fooling around. What bowled us over was almost-first-timer Teacher Gim Lee never seeming to get her act right, with every throw ending in the gutter. Not to be outdone, she declared to everyone that she would invoke Lord Setrap’s help. Reciting Setrap’s mantra (OM MAHA YAKCHA TSA SOHA) a few times before her next throw, to everyone’s amazement, she went on to score her first epic strike! Never say never!

The Manjushri Kids’ Class will resume classes on 9th January 2011 (Sunday) once the school year has resumed.

Manjushri Kids’ Class is Kechara House’s education initiative to promote Dharma and the attitudes of compassion, wisdom and universal responsibility amongst our children. Taught by enthusiastic volunteers, the class aims to give children a head start in their practice of the Six Paramitas, by teaching them generosity, ethics, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom.

For more information about the class, please visit their website or contact Paul Yap at [email protected].

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