Dining Hall – Jasmin Cajiuat

I joined the Bodhi Star Summer Camp because the temple is a very good place to cultivate. I volunteered because I wanted to understand the different nature of people, to learn and practice kindness and compassion, to help in the preparation, and have a meaningful experience this summer.

In the past week being involved in some minor preparations for the Bodhi Star Summer Camp, I learned so many things about people, their different personalities, different understanding, and different perceptions. I managed to slow down my thinking, and realized that being logical had not helped me in understanding others. Instead, it had led my mind to more conflicts and confusion, by setting standards and expectations. I learned that no matter how pure my mind is, even without intention, no two persons would react in the same manner. I saw reasons, and causes and effects. I realized that I still have so much more to learn. (Amituofo.)

Bodhi Star Volunteer’s Reflection – AT Phillip A. Roxas

I joined the Bodhi Star Summer Camp because I wanted to improve myself in my interpersonal skills and to develop patience. I also liked to spend time in fruitful activities helping others.

I am grateful that I could be a part of this summer camp and for the chance to get to know more about others and to develop my own abilities.

At the Bodhi Star Summer Camp, I learned to be patient, disciplined, composed, and ready to help. I also learned to trust in others and be of service to those in need.

Bodhi Star Volunteer’s Reflection – AT Roger Hsieh

Every day, before the program, the ATs would have a short meeting for us to know the rundown of the day’s schedule. During the last day’s meeting, Master Jiandan talked about Dharma joy, which by definition is the joy one feels after a Dharma event even though one is exhausted. The day went smoothly and by the time of lamp offering, I had a warm feeling in my heart. As I see the children offer their lamp, I start to smile, because I saw what all of us here in Ocean sky have accomplished for the children.

  They are the next generation. Hopefully the lessons they learned here could spark up and enlighten others, and the seed that was planted in them would grow to become a big tree. All these thoughts filled my heart with joy, and I knew we did the right thing for the children.

  I thank Ocean Sky Chan Monastery for giving me the chance to help others, and for teaching me the Four Tenets: To our elders, be respectful. To our juniors, be kind. With all humanity, be harmonious. In all endeavor, be true.