Recently we received four letters from organizations to who we have posted copies of GQGA –The Buddhist Society, London, the Grand Rapids Temple in Michigan in the US, Mt Adams Buddhist Temple in Washington State also in the US, and from Sunil Kariyakarawana, the Buddhist Chaplin to the British Armed Forces.
Steve Sampson of the Grand Rapids Temple writes: “I think your work, Good Questions, Good Answers, speaks simply and directly to a world sometimes overwhelmed with needless and often meaningless trivia. And, more importantly, it shares happy and healing information unknown to most. It is meeting people who have no idea what it is other than a vague notion of Compassion and Peacefulness. It is a wonderful gift to a world confused by noise and opinion and silliness. As I wrote in my last e-mail, we are using your book to help those new to the practice. I have asked two groups within south Michigan whether they would like a few copies of your work. When I receive an answer I will pass it along to you. Thank you for you generosity. We, the Grand Rapids Temple, could put more of your books to good use. If you send more, I know it’s costing your community funds, the temple I belong to could hold a fund raiser to help you with the expense of overseas post. Again, thank you so much for sharing you gentle wisdom. Peace to you and your community.”
Ven. Kozen wrote: “Thank you for the kind donation of books to our temple. Also, if you can send us more GQGA we would appreciate it. We distribute Buddhist literature to all the prisons in the states of Washington, Oregon and Arizona. Our goal is to allow prisoners to have access to the Dhamma. I visit prisons in two states and have my students visit prisons in one state. Prisoners are the forgotten ones who have made poor choices and we hope to ease their lives by providing the Dhamma to them. Our hope is to have Dhamma material in every prison in three states as well as mail books to anyone who requests them.”
Sunil wrote: “This is just to say that I was so delighted to receive the parcel of books from you and I am so pleased that I will be able to read it in my tour to Sri Lanka where I am attending my mother’s 3 months memorial dana. The whole Buddhist (and even non Buddhists!) must be so grateful to you for your great efforts to share Noble Teachings. Sometimes I meet some soldiers, sailors and airmen/women who read one stanza or just one word from the teachings and then they explore the path and finally end up serious meditating followers. So the great effort you put in will undoubtedly bear fruit and what I am so excited about your books is their practical value and lucidity of expression and timely presentation.”