Our practitioners pay visits to Ren Ci Hospital and Pertapis regularly where we organise activities together to foster community bonding and strengthening of social cohesion.
Our practitioners take part in a regular early morning cleaning at three MRT stations in Singapore, which are Clementi MRT Station, Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, and Eunos MRT Station. This is an activity done voluntarily with the aim of contributing to our community by keeping the areas around the MRT compound clean. This practice helps to bring out the goodness in each individual who participated.
Besides early morning cleaning, our practitioners also participated in the annual International coastal clean-up at East Coast Beach. At Shinnyo-en, we strongly believe in environmental preservation and that these efforts will go far in creating a cleaner Singapore for everyone.
The values that are foundational to Shinnyo-en’s teachings and beliefs are not bound to the act of meditation alone. In fact, oftentimes we can find them in our daily lives simply by being more mindful of ourselves and of the community that we live in. Being part of a larger community and being able to give back to it in a meaningful way brings us joy, as well as allowing us a moment to reflect on our awareness of the world and the people around us. The Shinnyo-en youth continue to embody the spirit and essence of these core values, and with compassion and positive energy, over the Deepavali public holiday in 2016, 30 of them made a trip to help at a primary school in Batam.
They helped build fencings around the school garden compound, put on a fresh coat of paint on the walls, and held a fun and interactive educational session on dental health. English books, stationery, tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes were donated to the school as part of Shinnyo-en’s effort to help the underprivileged.
The continued efforts of Shinnyo-en Singapore’s youth volunteers reflect a positive light in their communities, and give us an encouraging look into how the universal human values that Shinnyo-en upholds and promotes are being carried on in the next generation.