Author Archives: Metta In Action

Sharing, Sharing, Sharing!

Each year we converge here in Burma, bringing donations from all the corners of the world. So in October the ‘MIA Bank’ begins to fill up. And then as the year moves on, we gradually draw down the balance to … Continue reading

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Lost and Found

We hear stories all the time when we make offerings at nunneries. And many of them are familiar — the usual small sad tragedies followed by rescue and happy endings. But we heard a story when we offered at Sasanaramsi … Continue reading

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These are a Few of Our Favorite Things…

Here is a post with a minimum of words! As we prepare to go to Upper Myanmar to continue to make offerings up there, those of us who are taking photos have chosen our favorite ones from the last week … Continue reading

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High and Dry

The work that Burmese nuns do is wonderful, inspiring, sometimes surprising, and always a source of joy. Yesterday we went up to the village of Nwe Kwe, to a group of nunneries that we have been supporting for a decade. … Continue reading

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For These Nuns, It’s a Happy New Year

We wish you a Happy New Year~ And a successful one — may all your endeavors and aspirations be easily accomplished, just like those of the young nuns from Sayanagonyee Nunnery. Six took an oral and written exam in Pali … Continue reading

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What Can $100 Do?

Yesterday I walked down the Shwe Oo Min Road, to meet a crowd of generous friends who wanted to pass their donations to us. Mats and Magdalena, bringing their personal offering and the bountiful gifts from the Sangha in Sweden; … Continue reading

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Endless Benevolence

We usually translate the Pali word metta as ‘loving-kindness,’ but it can equally be rendered as ‘well-wishing,’ or ‘benevolence.’ Whatever word you use, the way it manifests is the same — kind and caring wishes and actions toward living beings. … Continue reading

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Gifts of Life

I was reminded the other day about Christmas. Which was funny, because I had forgotten all about it. Here at the monastery, it’s easy to do that — we live entirely outside of that cultural and religious bubble. But I … Continue reading

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Stories from the Road

As Marjo and I were walking down the Shwe Oo Min Road a few weeks ago, I found myself wondering just how many times we had gone down this same street in the last decade, on our way to offer … Continue reading

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Being Family

When Marjo and I offered your dana to Daw Yuzana for the Metta Ywa Nunnery and School in early December, she gave me the wonderful gift of a bolt of cotton fabric that had come from Bodh Gaya. So I … Continue reading

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