Flea Market at Amcorp Mall!
A few years ago when things were difficult, some of my students took part in flea markets all over the city. They were so kind and worked so hard to raise funds for Kechara and to help me pay bills through sales at this Flea Market…. We all had very little then, and could barely make the rent on my small apartment and our single Dharma outlet in SS2. Times have changed since then and even though we are not rich now, I will never forget those students for their kindness. Things were so difficult, and they stuck with me through thick and thin. I appreciate loyalty like that. It was their commitment that made Kechara grow. So this flea market has alot of good memories for me personally and our devoted senior students…
Then a few weeks ago I thought it would be neat if some of my younger students opened up a stall in the old flea market my senior students went to every weekend. So last Friday, I got them together and gave them a whole bunch of stuff to sell at the flea market. We even had a short preview sale hehehe
On Sunday December 19th, 2010 our Flea Market is revived again, David, Jean Ai, Shin, Bonita and James got up very early and set up for their first time in Amcorp Mall. They said a lot of people came to their stall because it offered a wide range of items and it was refreshing and new. It gave them a good chance to practice their speech, and also to talk about Kechara. I heard that James and Shin were very good in talking to people. I also heard even some non-Buddhists donated goods to them after hearing about our organisation and the work we do…how kind!
Some of my students and friends also came by like Louise Lee and Yvonne Yap who came with drinks and snacks, and Ngeow and Yoke Fui who came to buy some books and say hi, and also Philip Yong. After the team was done for the day, Dato’ Ruby Khong was kind enough to treat them to dinner even when she’s not at ‘work’ with Kechara Soup Kitchen, she still likes to feed people! Actually Dato’ Ruby was one of those students who helped organise and run the original flea market and now her daughter Jean Ai is part of the second generation. Dato’ Ruby was proud to see her kids involved.
The flea market team will be at Amcorp Mall every Sunday until Chinese New Year, and then they will continue after that so please go and support them. They have a lot of stuff…books, CDs, toys, games, curio items, Tibetan items, statues, Buddhist items so it’s easy for people to invite home. Or you can donate your things to them, and help them to raise funds for Kechara. Or if you can’t buy anything, just go and help train them up in speaking. It will be good for them and it will be good for Kechara to have people who can speak eloquently and teach Dharma in the future. It has always been my dream to create lay teachers here… Buddha didn’t say who can and cannot teach – teaching Dharma isn’t just something for Tibetans, I want to show that Malaysians can do it too!! It is good for the new generation to do sales for dharma to learn to speak, meet people and take responsibility to learn to speak to be convincing. Nice excercise.
My students brought a huge range of items with them… we have many nice items that are in excellent condition and working very well..Many ppl loved our stall and mentioned they will return to our stall as we have alot of good quality items and huge variety. Our ppl were very encouraged to hear this…
Melissa (right) also volunteered. She comes to the ladrang a lot to volunteer her time during her school holidays. I hope she will continue to do so as it will be good for her to collect merits and to dedicate to her mom’s dharma work
Our two youngest volunteers at the flea market, Sean Wang and Melissa Sin helping to do sales…fun.