Sunday, August 19, 2007. A blazing sun was in stiff competition with the brightness shining in the faces of the over 1500 guests at the SGI-USA LA North Region Family Fun Festival. SGI-USA is one of the largest Buddhist lay organizations in the United States, practicing the teachings of Nichiren, a 13th century Buddhist reformer. Fortunately, Art of Tea was there to help quench the thirst of this happy throng!
My involvement with the Family Fun Festival was extensive. Over 100 amazingly dedicated, creative, generous and energetic Bodhisattvas worked tirelessly to plan and execute this festival and in just six weeks, pulling off what I believe was the most explosively joyful and truly successful event in Los Angeles this summer. The 1500+ attendees had a wide range of exhibits to explore. Two stages featured performances ranging from traditional Japanese fan dancing to rock bands, beautiful musical numbers and youth bursting with raw joy and confidence, krumping their hearts out.
The surrounding festival’s theme was “Transform Myself, Transform the World.” Our goal was that every single person who attended would come away from the day inspired by their ability to transform their lives. I can tell you, without a doubt in my mind, we achieved total victory! Everyone was so unbelievably happy!
Last, but certainly not least, there was FOOD! You would not believe the spread we had, all of which was contributed by the members. This year, I chaired the Food Committee, which was no small task, let me tell you! Our committee’s theme was “Happy Tummies, Happy Families” and if you could have seen the smiling faces, you would know we lived up to our theme!
For me personally, it was an extraordinary experience of personal growth. I know that growth is a life-long process, but I feel more capable now than I ever have in my life, and I’m certainly the happiest I’ve ever been. This joy stems not only from the main event itself, which was spectacular, but also from all of the effort, care, determination and unity that went into its creation. I am filled with gratitude for this opportunity to expand cheapest cialis online my capacity and to contribute to the happiness of so many people.