Guest Contributor – Stephen Tang
Article submitted by Stephen Tang
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Dear Tsem Rinpoche,
My mom just called me saying that my grandma is diagnosed with kidney cancer. I am not entirely sure how serious this is, but my grandpa passed away from lung cancer two years ago. She has always been healthy and enjoy playing ping-pong, and she was the Hong Kong elderly ping pong champion several years ago.
She enjoys taking care of her grand daughters. One of them is studying in New York right now and I just sent her her the bad news. The other two are a baby and a 2 years old. She also love taking care of the older grand daughter’s cats MiuMiu. I was not brought up by my grandma and has not been entirely close to her; especially I left Hong Kong more than ten years ago, and every time I go back I ignored her in exchange for “enjoying” myself with friends. Now that I am writing this short article / letter I realize how i little I know about her…..
Although I want to help but don’t exactly know how to directly benefit her. My mother recently revisited a nunnery where she used to visit during a financial crisis in my family several years ago; and she made a donation for the nunnery’s shrine for Medicine Buddha. Maybe Medicine Buddha for her to take refuge against the suffering of cancer. Sorry I cannot find a picture of my grandma but I do start to remember how she looks like now.
On March 10th, 2013, my mom called me again to give me an update about my grandma after they visited the nunnery that my mom visits in Hong Kong. My grandma is starting to accept the fact of her disease, and starting to show interests in different Buddhas.
My mom then passed the phone to her. My grandma started asking questions about Amitabha and Amitayus, and now she knows Amitayus is related to longevity! She also asked me what I learn from the dharma center in Toronto. Hopefully, I can share with her some lamrim teachings in the future. My parents and uncle transffered her file to another hospital. She will get better with our wish and blessings from Medicine Buddha!
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