“I would like to share with you the story of my beloved adopted child, Karma Shawa, who entered this world and my life only very briefly, but who left a lasting impression on my mind and heart. The Tibetan phrase Semchen Tamche means “all sentient beings.” A sentient being is defined as any being that has a mind. While sentient beings have different bodies, shapes and colors, some with two legs like us, and some with four legs like Karma Shawa , the minds of all sentient beings are the same because they all possess Buddha Nature.

The first time I saw Karma Shawa coming to my garden with his mother in the evening, he was still very tiny. He couldn’t even walk properly then, but the sight of him brought me so much joy. I said to them, “Welcome to my garden. But don’t eat my flowers.” I never thought that they would stay overnight in my garden, but when I woke up they were still sleeping peacefully there. Every morning they would go out for a walk at 8 or 9 AM. Mother deer is extremely smart. She knew how to look out for cars before leading baby across the road. There are lots of cars here in front of my house and sometimes I worried for them. But they would come home at exactly the same time every evening at approximately 6 PM.”

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