My Personal Experience with the YWP

Monday, March 14th, 2011

It was a Sunday morning, and my parents decided that they wanted me to come along with them to a monastery. When we arrived, my mom was telling me about how there was a group that I should join. I’m always open to new experiences, but I just wasn’t sure she was talking about. So in my mind, I was thinking, “Ohh dear… what is my mom getting me into this time?”

There I met Su T., a monk who always has the happiest smile on his face. We had a meaningful conversation where he briefly discussed some of the teachings of Buddhism and told me about the Young Wisdom Project. As I was listening, I was also thinking, “This kind of seems like something I want to do.”

My first core meeting was the following Saturday. I was feeling a little nervous, just because I was going to be meeting some new people. My first goal was to remember everyone’s names. It seemed like an easy job at first, but it really wasn’t! They all had such different and interesting names, “Pasa-who?” “Sun-whaa?” “Delph…something?”. But by the end of the day, not only did I learn all their names; I got a glimpse of their amazing personalities. I had fun getting to know everybody during the ice breakers. And it was a very productive day as well, we held discussions on certain topics and came up with mission statements. By the time I’m in the car on my way home, my thoughts were, “This was a really good day, I’ll try to make it to the next gathering.”

Our next event was a kindness mission at UCLA, my very first kindness mission too! It was the YWP with the University Buddhist Association at UCLA teaming up to spread love and kindness. We had hundreds of flowers and each was attached with an inspiring quote. We all went around passing out the flowers to students, and offered them coffee/hot chocolate packets as well. Our main goal was to relieve college students of their stress before taking their intense finals. It made me want to smile just to see how we could make someone’s day by such a small gesture. I thought, “Who knew spreading kindness could be so much fun, I’m glad I came!”

The day was slowly coming to an end and we were all gathered at the house just hanging out, even our parents were bonding. Although that was only my second day with everybody, I honestly felt like they were all part of my extended family that I never knew about. It’s definitely strange thinking just a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea who any of these people were. It is wonderful to have a group of young people, such as the YWP, so willing to be kind and spread metta around the world. On my way home this time, I thought, “This is most definitely something that I want to keep pursuing, and I will for sure be at the next event.”

~by Diane

4 Responses to “My Personal Experience with the YWP”

  1. binh ly says:
    March 15th, 2011 at 6:32 am

    That was awesome Diane, I’m glad you enjoyed yourself. We look forward to seeing you soon.

  2. Jen says:
    March 15th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Awesome first post, Diane! It was also difficult for me to join YWP because it can be intimidating meeting new people but I’m glad you’re part of the group now. See you this weekend!

  3. Jen says:
    March 15th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    What are you doing up so early?!

  4. ST says:
    March 16th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    My guess is that he either had a final to study for, OR he is training to become a monk. :)

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