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A painting from Singapore’s death row

Vui Kong spent weeks drawing this picture of the Buddha on his knees. He would wake up at 4am every morning, while everyone else was still asleep on death row. He would say his prayers, do his chants, and then remain kneeling as he paints this picture.

http://theonlinecitizen.com/2010/07/save-vui-kong-campaign-kicks-off-in-sabah/

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A LETTER FROM SINGAPORE’S DEATH ROW

FROM YONG VUI KONG TO HIS MOTHER:

Ma,
Wishing Mom Happy Birthday
10th June, Thursday
May happiness spread in all the four directions.

Ma,
I’m doing well here. Everyday I practice (my Buddhism) and study.

3rd Brother, Second Brother come to see me many times every week. 3rd bro, 2nd bro and I are healthy. 3rd bro’s face used to have a lot of acne, now less. He also cut his hair, looks fresher, and much more handsome. 3rd bro and 2nd bro and I know how to take care of ourselves, to choose what’s best for ourselves. I read a lot here. If I come across a good book, I will recommend to 2nd and 3rd Bro. When they visit me, I will take the chance to share the Dharma, give them the proper outlook. I have confidence that they will both succeed in their own paths. Mom, have faith in the Buddha and the Bodhisattvas! Read more when you’re free. Best is read the Buddhist Scriptures. Occasionally, watch the Buddhist VCDs, or go to the temple and listen to Dharma talk, practice Buddhism – many benefits! Because we are all bound to pass away one day, our bodies are impermanent. Just like wearing clothes need to pull back (I have no idea what the phrase means, even though the word means ‘pull back’), when you know the Dharma, it will be useful after the body dies. So recite the mantras when you have time. That’s best.

“Namo Buddha, Namo Dhama, Namo Sandha

Namo Amitabha?…. Always recite, Mom!

Recite with sincerity, and faith.

30 May 2010, Sunday
Your youngest son, Yong Vui Kong

Taken from The Online Citizen
Save Vui Kong Campaign kicks off in Sabah

Visit also: http://savevuikong.blogspot.com/

An excerpt from Once A Jolly Hangman, Singapore Justice In The Dock

” ‘The sentence of this court upon you is that you will be taken from this place to a lawful prison to be hanged by the neck until you are dead. And may the Lord have mercy on your soul.’

The body will be left suspended for cu least 20 minutes to ensure death has taken place or while it stops writhing. The face will be purple, engorged with blood, the neck covered with lacerations, the tongue swollen and protruding from the mouth, eyes nightmarishly bulging.”

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The apathy of human beings

Helen Keller

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John Paul II had a dream

From 66yearoldcat’s blog

Full text here:

http://66yearoldcat.multiply.com/journal/item/7/THE_POPE_THE_HOMELESS_CATS

THE POPE & THE HOMELESS CATS

THE DREAM :

“It was a terribly severe winter in New York, the city was completely covered with snow. Inhabitants were well-off and warmly dressed, and walking slowly along roads because cars, due to mountains of snow, could not be operated. I was happy that I could walk on top of the snow on avenues of white.

“All my physical effort was spent on walking. To this day, pictures of huge apartment houses on both sides of the avenue are instilled in my mind, and the doormen quickly closing and opening entrance doors as though trying to prevent humanity and warmth from escaping.

“On top of the snow, I noticed a brown cat emerge from a side street and walk on the snow. I looked closer, and to my surprise, saw that this big cat was being followed by six small brown-and- white kittens, all of them following the big brown cat in a perfect line. The mother cat looked back from time to time to see if her babies were there, but her main concern was to reach the entrance door. I presumed she was trying to find warmth for herself and her children, but as soon as she reached the door, a man in a well-pressed uniform, jumped at her with a broom and chased them away. I followed this procession and prepared to deliver a speech to the doorman. I opened my mouth and tried to complain, ‘Where is your proverbial American generosity? Where is your American good heart and fair play? Let them in. Let them in!!

“I tried to speak, but the words would not come out. Maybe I was afraid of the doorman with the broom. I started searching my cassock pockets for a piece of bread, found some crumbs and put them on my palms, calling: ‘Kitty, kitty, kitty.’ But the words would not come from my supposedly intelligent mouth. Instead, the wind blew the crumbs from my palm and I said, ‘what can I do? I can’t speak to the cats. I can’t speak to the doorman. But there are many hungry birds. They might pick up the crumbs.’

“Again, I walked after the cats, now with a pain in my chest, feeling tremendous cold. On the left I saw a church building and thought,’There we will find help.’ I heard singing and again, the idea occurred to me that it must be a Catholic church. The music grew louder, as though trying to convince God that they were praying to Him.

The mother cat jumped in front of me and climbed the stairs, followed by her kittens. I raised my head and saw a tall Jesuit priest chasing the cats off the steps. But as I was about to shout at the Jesuit ‘I am a cardinal!’ and give an order to accept the cats, the mother cat and her offspring ran behind the church, because from there came the appetizing aroma of food. Probably there was a kitchen there. But a second Jesuit appeared at the kitchen door and scared the cats away. They returned to the avenue and started walking north.

They walked on the same side of the avenue as the Jesuit church and I followed. Then they reached an imposing red brick church. An Anglican bishop appeared and said to the cats, ‘My dear animal children, please go immediately to the animal shelter. There is food for you there. We Anglican clergy donate lots of money to the animal shelter, every year, at Christmas time.’

“The mother cat and her kittens didn’t even meow. They knew the authoritative voice of the Anglican bishop. They walked uptown and gradually the luxurious buildings disappeared, together with the doormen, and we saw drab dilapidated apartments.

“As they walked and the buildings grew shabbier and dirty, a door was opened, not by a doorman but by an old wrinkled woman in a cotton dress. [She saw the cats] and shouted ‘Oh, little mother,’ and when she opened her mouth I saw she had few teeth. She gently ushered the mother cat and kittens inside, who jumped happily about because the warmth of the house embraced them.”

“The narrative ended as the cats found a safe haven with the woman who had little enough, herself. When the Pope concluded his dream the author to whom he related it did not make any comment on what had been said. But he did write that “I had never seen such a sad expression on the face of this man.” Considering that this was the same man who had related the horrors of his young manhood, under Nazi occupation, the author’s remark shows the deep impact this dream had on the Pope.

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How come no fine for this…

A feeder was just fined $1000.-

Ok maybe she deserved it as she had been warned many times to clear up after feeding.

But how come no one gets fined for leaving this mess? There is a surveillance camera but still the place often looks like this! The bin is right next to this table…

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The Lady who found Rocky

My daughter went to the Lady’s place to collect the female cat (mother of 3 kittens) for sterilisation. It took them almost 2 hours to get the frightened cat into the carrier. Meanwhile I looked out of the window and saw Good Boy… went down with the carrier and he walked right in. So end up having two cats for tomorrow’s sterilisation slot.

We had also put the 3 kittens up for adoption at CWS board (1 male and 2 females about 4 months old) but no response so far.

Sad story of a single woman living with her granny who is in a wheelchair and an aunt who suffers from epilepsy. She is not working because she worries that the aunt may have an attack and the granny would be unable to help her. She says sometimes her granny gets donations and they use that to buy food…and cat food.

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Hunger in the world

Chicken a la Carte

This film is about the hunger and poverty brought about by Globalization. There are 10,000 people dying everyday due to hunger and malnutrition. This short film shows a forgotten portion of the society. The people who live on the refuse of men to survive. What is inspiring is the hope and spirituality that never left this people.

http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/1081/Chicken-a-la-Carte

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