prostrating to the new moon
Buddha Shakyamuni said, 'I will prostrate to the new moon and not to the full moon.' The ‘new moon’ refers to the first realizations that we develop and the ‘full moon’ refers to the advanced and qualified realizations of Superior beings. Buddha’s meaning is that since great realizations arise in dependence upon small ones we should protect and honor our first experiences of Dharma.
VENERABLE GESHE KELSANG GYATSO RINPOCHE
The same is true of the development of the International Temples Project (ITP). Although much has been accomplished in recent years with the completion of five major Temples for World Peace and scores of smaller urban Temples, within the context of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche's vast, compassionate vision this is just the beginning - the new moon.
Today by taking part in Work a Day for World Peace project we are protecting and honoring the precious ITP and creating the cause for it to grow year by year into the full moon of Venerable Geshe-la's vision - a Kadampa Temple in every city of the world. How wonderful!
High in sky of the holy mind
Where does this precious moon abide? High in sky of the holy mind of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, from whose powerful intention and inconceivable blessings every single Temple, every statue and every virtuous activity that takes place in these Temples arises.
Venerable Geshe-la, from the depths of our hearts we thank you for your vast kindness to the people of this world. May our wishes and intentions always be in alignment with yours, and through our actions may we help your extraordinary vision to become a reality for the benefit of all the living beings in this world.
Today we have a unique opportunity to make a contribution to this great project. To find out more, visit the Work a Day for World Peace website.