Dear Father Christmas,
Please can I have a light up Christmas tree and the prettiest baubles in your workshop. Love Selena
My daughter is 5 and loves decorations. She would love to have a garden with lots of flowers and fruit trees and plants but we live in a flat with a balcony so she spends time enjoying other people’s garden whenever she can. So maybe this Christmas we will try and create a mini Pureland garden on our balcony.
This Bodhi retreat she and her younger brother will join the Amida Shu. I have been a member of the Amida Shu since 2003 and was hoping to bring Selena up in the Buddhist community but then ended up moving out of the community and into a flat with my partner in Watford instead. For me, they are Buddhist and so naturally I am excited and thrilled that they will be officially welcomed into the Buddhist faith.
She and Dorian seem to be happy to accept that Father Christmas, God, and everything mythical or magical exists. Nothing is questioned at their age. So they naturally accept the practice of reciting the Nembutsu and she has started asking more interesting questions like ‘Is Buddha our God?’ And Dorian has got into a habit of looking up and yelling, “Hello God!” And then telling God what he is doing. And he is also very good at banging things and hammering away and whenever he does this I usually chant ‘Namo Amida Bu’.