By Costa Rica Center (Originally in Spanish)
In Golden Year 11 (2014), our Costa Rica Center went to the less-privileged areas in the Southern Zone of the country to give Supreme Master Ching Hai’s uplifting book, The Dogs in My Life, to schoolchildren. We traveled to the district of Buenos Aires in Puntarenas Province, where the main indigenous groups are located. There we visited several schools, including Santa Cruz School, Lomas School, Veracruz School, San Martin School and Holanda School, to present the books to the students. At some of the schools, we also talked about global warming. The students were excited to receive the gifts, and started to read the books right away. They expressed their gratitude to Master, with one student commenting on how beautiful She is.
We then traveled to San José, the Costa Rican capital, where we visited three schools in the San José Metropolitan Area. We stopped in Desamparados at the Calle Fallas School, which has 900 students, as well as in Guápiles at Roxana Leader School and San Antonio del Humo School. Many of the children had animal companions at home, and were delighted by the tenderness and love on the pages of The Dogs in My Life.
The students shared stories about their own experiences with animals, and asked us to tell them more about Master and Her dogs. To the children’s delight, we also sang them a song about the environment. The teachers were also very impressed, and downloaded (for free) Supreme Master Ching Hai’s e-books to put in the library.
With deep respect and love, they thanked us for sharing Supreme Master Ching Hai’s precious book with them. As a teacher named Karen said, “It is important for this generation to be sensitized to the whole environment. Thank Supreme Master Ching Hai and Heaven for opening more doors to continue spreading the seed of compassion.”
Lastly, we made a book presentation, and delivered three boxes of The Dogs in My Life books to the kindergarten teachers from the National Center for Education and Nutrition and Children’s Comprehensive Care Centers (CEN-CINAI) in Santo Tomas Community Hall in Santo Domingo de Heredia. The books are for distribution at the teachers’ schools.
CEN-CINAI is the main program to help improve the nutritional status of mothers and children. It also assists in ensuring the proper development of children, providing access to quality day care for children in poverty and/or at social risk.
We are deeply grateful for Supreme Master Ching Hai for giving us the opportunity to share such beautiful and inspiring books. May Master’s compassion for all beings inspire people to live more harmoniously, so that the world may soon become a haven of peace.
Calle Fallas School
Roxana Leader School
South Zone Schools