Sharing Joy - Ayya Khema
- "Joy with others is also good karma-making. I was in a little village
once where there was a special bell attached to the temple. Whenever
anyone in that village had some good fortune, they would go and ring
that bell. If the harvest was brought in, or the daughter got married,
if someone came back from the hospital, or a good business deal had
been arranged, if the roof had been reshingled, anything at all that
gave them joy. When the bell was rung everybody would come out, look in
the direction of the person who was ringing the bell and say, 'Well
done. Well done.' The one who was ringing the bell was making good
karma by making it possible for the others to share his joy. The others
were making good karma by sharing another's joy."
Taken from "Being Nobody Going Nowhere" by Ayya Khema.
(Contributed by JoAnne Bondy)