Nimo's Visit To Franklin & Marshall College

Posted by Sophie Wu on Oct 8, 2017
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Today, dear Nimo came to visit our college, Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. I first heard about Nimo in January from Rev. Heng Sure's Impression From Gandhi 3.0 about how thoughtful Nimo prepares smoothies for him. Back in March when I stayed at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas--a monastery in Northern California, I met dear Zilong who just finished the first year of his biking pilgrimage around the world for spiritual and ecological awakening of our time. Right after I left the monastery, Zilong shared that Nimo came to the girls school in the monastery and spread love and music. I was so moved by Nimo's energy so I started listening to his music. Until this August, on the eve of ServiceSpace's community night, Anne asked me about which college I attend. I replied: "Franklin & Marshall in Pennsylvania". She then revealed to me with such excitement that Priyankar, a dear little sister of Nimo, is coming to my college in the fall as a freshman.

(Nimo, Sophie and Priyankar by the Peace Pole in the Lancaster Theological Seminary)

So today, Nimo came to visit us, which is Priyankar's 18th birthday weekend. We took the first picture by the Peace Pole that symbolizes the message and prayer--"May Peace Prevail on Earth". The Peace Pole, located in the Lancaster Theological Seminary, is across street from my dorm. Yet, our path did not cross until this June (my fourth year at the college), a few days after I heard about the Byakko Shinko Kai organization from ServiceSpace because of their visit to England, whose affinity with ServiceSpace is deep and beautiful. Three of us shared lunch and ice-cream, played Christmas music while walking on the street ('s currently October), laughed, hugged and sang a song with the lyrics written by the Dalai Lama--“Every day, think as you wake up: Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry, or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”

(We asked the ice-cream shop owner why he wanted to open this cute business. He told us that he worked in an ice-cream shop as a kid and that was his favorite job in life. )

We laughed really hard over the three hours being together. However, tears were flowing in my eyes for the beauty of this (re)union. We don't know how this actually happened but we appreciate the Universe for unfolding and revealing parts of the mystery. To me, the conscious part started with a Buddhism class and a research project I took at the college two years ago. Who would expect that a college class guided me to the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery where Rev. Heng Sure lives and teaches, and all the unknown that is behind

(Nimo and Priyankar calling Priya's mother in India)

In the afternoon, I met with a cohort of first-generation students whom I mentor at the college, and whose stories and presence constantly touch my heart. They are young yet incredibly strong; they've gone through many challenges yet always wonder how we can together make this world a better place. At the end of our meeting, I told them about my day with Nimo and played this song--Grateful.

It was a beautiful day. We are grateful for it all! With a deep bow!

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  • Anne Veh wrote ...

    I have imagined this reunion in my heart, and your stories and images surpass the beauty! Happy Birthday Priyanka! On this day, we all celebrate our journey here! Love to you all!

  • Sophie Wu wrote ...

    Dear Anne! Was thinking of you at our reunion!! Love to you!!

  • Mia Tagano wrote ...

    Oh my goodness, I love this story - thank you for sharing this joyful (re)union!

  • Sophie Wu wrote ...

    So grateful for playing the song which has your dear grandmother in, Mia <3