聖誕節禮物 Xmas Gift or No Gift

致 美國的親朋好友:

今年是我第一次在美國過聖誕節,我想請大家不要送我禮物。

首先,大家平常就給了我各式各樣的禮物,所以真的不需要再花時間、精力去買禮物給我。

其次,我的問題就是東西太多,所以再送些非生活必需品,只是徒增困擾,也加重對地球的負擔。

最後,假如您真的想要給些什麽,以符合過節的氣氛,那麽您可以考慮以下的選擇:

欽哲基金會: 您可以捐一杯咖啡的錢,於是在人文科學教育經費低落的今日,世界上有某個大學因而得以提供一個教席給宗教研究,例如加州的伯克萊大學。

84000佛典傳譯:您可以隨喜捐贈,使得珍貴的藏文佛經得以譯成英文和中文,避免失傳。若是捐贈$250,就相當於有一頁佛經因您而得以翻譯。

蓮心基金會:幫助柬埔寨的女孩接受教育,擺脫淪為雛妓的命運。

– 在天災愈來愈多的今日,捐贈紅十字會慈濟等救災組織能幫到很多人,絕對比買包大米給我有價值的多。

– 或者,您也可以在院子裡種棵樹,或吃一餐素食,對您自己好,讓我很開心,對整個地球都很好。

佳節快樂!

Bella

 

My dear family and friends in US,

It seems I will be here for Xmas this year. I just want to request you not to buy me any gifts.

First of all, many of you have been spoiling me with all sort of gifts and treats already, so there is really no need to spend extra time/energy/money in figuring out what to buy and getting into the hectic shopping in this season.

Secondly, one of my biggest problems is that I simply have too many stuff so getting me more stuff is not helping, neither to me, nor to the earth.

Lastly, if you really feel like “giving” something just for the sake of the season, please consider the following:

Khyentse Foundation: you can donate money of a cup of coffee here online so that some universities may get a chair for Buddhist studies, such as UC Berkeley.

84000:you can sponsor precious words of Buddha being translated from Tibetan to English so that more people and all the future generations can benefit from these words of wisdom.

Lotus Outreach:you can donate to provide education, health and safety of at-risk and exploited women and children in the developing world.

– Make some donation to organizations such as Red Cross or Tzu-chi for disaster relief.   This can definitely help many people in need. Much value-for-money than any other physical gifts you can give me.

–  or, you can consider planting a tree in your garden or simply have a vegetarian meal, which is good for yourself, makes me happy, and also good for the mother earth.

Happy holidays to all!

Bella

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One Response to 聖誕節禮物 Xmas Gift or No Gift

  1. Cyndy Wang says:

    Very good suggestion!

    Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2013 22:25:04 +0000
    To: cyndycwang@hotmail.com

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