Christmas with Buddha

  On the morning of December 25th, I woke up and found a wrapped present. The kindergarten I attended was on winter vacation, and I was staying at my grandfather’s temple. “Wonder who’s this from,” I inspected the present. “Buddha.” “Buddha?” Everyone at the temple was busy with usual morning chores, and I did not query any further. The rest of the week, we cleaned … Continue reading Christmas with Buddha

birthday wishes

While three of us rot away in the jungle, I received a few birthday wishes via cards, texts, and phone calls and realized that they are all from faraway places and none of my close (geographically) friends (?) even remembered. It’s hideous that I think of my birthday that important, but… Though I am thankful for the few friends that I do have, I wonder: … Continue reading birthday wishes