So to see that The International 10,000 Monk Walk was on the same date last year and the year before, not only did I know that I was safe to plan my day around it, but I also knew it had to be a really important to the people here. (This was good because it started at 6:00am on a Sunday morning…need I say more?)
Each monk carrying a covered bowl at first, spreading their blessings and then, only after they had given what they had come to give, returning until their bowl was filled, emptied, and refilled many times over.
They kept coming, and the alms did the same.
People giving their offerings and then without needing any explanations, simply retreated and opened up their space for another and another and another to come forward.
No pushing, no shoving, no cross words or exchanges. Simple, orderly, efficient shared purpose… all to give their thanks, to pay their respects, to share their love, to practice being generous and to guarantee their futures.
An abundant heart lives in abundance.