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This amazing story demonstrates how something as simple as offering water bowls can dramatically change a student’s life.
By Daria Davaa
Erdenechimeg Lhasuren commenced offering water bowls at Shedrup Ling, FPMT Mongolias’s centre in Ulaanbaatar, in 1999. During that time, her life was not going well and she did not earn enough money to feed her children and as a result, her relatives were taking care of them. She has a son and a daughter.
When she started her water bowl offerings, she had to walk to Shedrup Ling everyday because she did not have enough money to take a bus. For the past 11 years she has been offering water bowls in Shedrup Ling’s offering room and for the last eight has extended this service to offer water bowls regularly in Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s room on the top floor.
When this activity commenced in 1999, Erdenechimeg, together with her Dharma sisters, participated on a roster basis to offer 2,000 waters bowls at Shedrup Ling every day.
These days, Erdenechimeg’s life has taken a turn for the better and she is experiencing success in her business and has a much healthier financial situation. She is living happily with and taking care of her own two children and extended family, inclusive of seven children and 10 adults!
Erdenechimeg shares with us that her life success is a result of the accumulation of great merit from the action of the water bowl offering practice. This merit has also enabled her to become one of the most generous benefactors of the Shedrup Ling Centre and Dolma Ling Nunnery.
Daria Davaa works for FPMT Mongolia as an assistant and translator.
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