FIRST STOP: HAWAII
Hawaii is the 50th state of U.S., an isolated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific. Its islands are renowned for their rugged landscapes of cliffs, waterfalls, tropical foliage and colorful beaches. According to the 2010 US Census, over 1/3 of Hawaii’s population is Asian, most of them with Chinese ancestry. This made Hawaii a perfect place to begin the Buddhism Propagation in the spring of 2018.
From April 2nd through April 10th of 2018, over 40 Buddhist practitioners from New York, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, and Vancouver joined at this beautiful location to propagate Buddhism. Their intention of “sow lotus seeds” at Hawaii is an act of transmitting love and peace. During the short stay in Hawaii, volunteers spent their time on the streets, handing out flyers and newspapers with the hope that more fellows could take on the path of practicing Buddhism. In addition, this group of volunteers attempted to spread out the message about Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s coming Dharma Talks in US to more people. The two free admission Dharma Talks will be held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles on October 7, 2018, and Madison Square Garden in Manhattan New York on October 14, 2018.
SECOND STOP: CHICAGO
After a short break, a new round of propagation started from April 25th through May 1st of 2018. More Buddhist practitioners from Alabama, Washington, Maryland, Texas, and Michigan joined this volunteer group at Chicago. The city of Chicago has been known by many nicknames, but it is most widely recognized as the “Windy City.” Despite this year’s spring was not feeling much like spring during these times with the chilly gusts, Buddhist practitioners were still enthusiastic and continued with “sow lotus seeds” volunteer works regardless of the chills. On the last two days of this journey, Buddhist practitioners made various flavors of mochi, sweet deserts, and snacks as gratitude in return to the community.
THIRD STOP: SEATTLE
Seattle, the last stop of this journey, brought all the Buddhist practitioners together from May 4th to May 8th, 2018. Although not every “lotus seed” sown by Buddhist practitioners will “grow” along this journey, every location will eventually bring new Buddhist practitioners based on the efforts volunteers put into. Every volunteer was practicing Buddhist Master Jun Hong Lu’s teachings that “remain steadfast in cultivating without expecting anything in return.”