Buddhism inspires woman to sell all her belongings

CTV.ca, April 16 2007

St. Paul, Minnesota (USA) -- A woman who is selling virtually all of her possessions online is citing Buddhism as one of the philosophical reasons behind the drastic overhaul to her personal life.

"First of all, was the idea of releasing attachment, related to the Buddhist idea of becoming so attached to possessions that they become the driving force in your life," Perry told CTV's Canada AM. "Another reason was that I just don't want to move and have to carry all this stuff with me again."

Lisa Perry, of St. Paul, Minn., decided to sell more than 300 of her personal items on the web auction site eBay. The items Perry has for sale include women's brand clothing, shoes and various furniture items.

However, the auction also includes refrigerator magnets, mugs from around the world and a milk crate of seashells. Perry is even selling items in boxes she has not opened for years.

"I've got a number of boxes that have got things that I really I'm not sure what's in there," Perry told CTV's Canada AM. "They're things from childhood that seemed too precious to get rid of. But now it's like, you know, do I really, really need to have this?"

Previously, the sale had been listed under the title "Everything Perry Owns!'" on eBay, but this auction ended Sunday and now the items have been divided into smaller lots on the website.

While Perry is selling or giving away most of her possessions, she has decided to keep her pets, photo albums and some of her clothes. She will be donating some of the money she makes to charity and has asked those who buy her possessions to pick them up in person.

Perry's sale has generated an overwhelming response. The media attention her sale has generated has managed to reconnect her with old friends and she has received messages of support from many people who do not know her.

However, the sale hasn't been conducted without its problems. Perry has had to adjust her sale many times to comply with eBay's policies. And on the blog she set up to chronicle the sale, she has indicated another popular website Craigslist will also be used to sell her possessions.

Additionally, her family has expressed surprise over the sale and is concerned about the loss of family heirlooms.

This feeling of regret is one Perry shares over some of the possessions she is selling.

"I have a wind-up Edison record player that I remember listening to as a kid that has World War I records and that's really hard to let go," Perry said. "It needs to be someplace where it can be enjoyed by other people and cared for really better than I could do it."

After the sale, Perry, a legal communications consultant, intends to bring a fresh approach to her life.

She hopes to move to California and pursue writing. But she also plans to change her approach to hoarding possessions.

"I am going to first of all not accumulate so much stuff," Perry said. "There'll be some things that I'll replace, but a lot of it is really to simplify my life."

We Need Your Help to Train the
Buddhist AI Chat Bot
(Neural Omniscient Robotic-Being for Buddhist Understanding)

For Malaysians who wants to donate in MYR, please use the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB
Note: Please indicate your name in the payment slip. Thank you.

Dear Friends in the Dharma,

We seek your generous support to help us train NORBU, the word's first Buddhist AI Chat Bot.

Here are some ways you can contribute to this noble cause:

One-time Donation or Loan: A single contribution, regardless of its size, will go a long way in helping us reach our goal and make the Buddhist LLM a beacon of wisdom for all.

How will your donation / loan be used? Download the NORBU White Paper for details.

For Malaysians who wants to donate in MYR, please use the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB
Note: Please indicate your purpose of payment (loan or donation) in the payment slip. Thank you.

Once payment is banked in, please send the payment slip via email to: editor@buddhistchannel.tv. Your donation/loan will be published and publicly acknowledged on the Buddhist Channel.

Spread the Word: Share this initiative with your friends, family and fellow Dharma enthusiasts. Join "Friends of Norbu" at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/norbuchatbot. Together, we can build a stronger community and create a positive impact on a global scale.

Volunteer: If you possess expertise in AI, natural language processing, Dharma knowledge in terms of Buddhist sutras in various languages or related fields, and wish to lend your skills, please contact us. Your knowledge and passion could be invaluable to our project's success.

Your support is part of a collective effort to preserve and disseminate the profound teachings of Buddhism. By contributing to the NORBU, you become a "virtual Bodhisattva" to make Buddhist wisdom more accessible to seekers worldwide.

Thank you for helping to make NORBU a wise and compassionate Buddhist Chatbot!

May you be blessed with inner peace and wisdom,

With deepest gratitude,

Kooi F. Lim
On behalf of The Buddhist Channel Team

Note: To date, we have received the following contributions for NORBU:
US$ 75 from Gary Gach (Loan)
US$ 50 from Chong Sim Keong
MYR 300 from Wilson Tee
MYR 500 from Lim Yan Pok
MYR 50 from Oon Yeoh
MYR 200 from Ooi Poh Tin
MYR 300 from Lai Swee Pin
MYR 100 from Ong Hooi Sian
MYR 1,000 from Fam Sin Nin
MYR 500 from Oh teik Bin
MYR 300 from Yeoh Ai Guat
MYR 300 from Yong Lily
MYR 50 from Bandar Utama Buddhist Society
MYR 1,000 from Chiam Swee Ann
MYR 1,000 from Lye Veei Chiew
MYR 1,000 from Por Yong Tong
MYR 80 from Lee Wai Yee
MYR 500 from Pek Chee Hen
MYR 300 from Hor Tuck Loon
MYR 1,000 from Wise Payments Malaysia Sdn Bhd
MYR 200 from Teo Yen Hua
MYR 500 from Ng Wee Keat
MYR 10,000 from Chang Quai Hung, Jackie (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from K. C. Lim & Agnes (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from Juin & Jooky Tan (Loan)
MYR 100 from Poh Boon Fong (on behalf of SXI Buddhist Students Society)
MYR 10,000 from Fam Shan-Shan (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from John Fam (Loan)
MYR 500 from Phang Cheng Kar
MYR 100 from Lee Suat Yee
MYR 500 from Teo Chwee Hoon (on behalf of Lai Siow Kee)
MYR 200 from Mak Yuen Chau

We express our deep gratitude for the support and generosity.

If you have any enquiries, please write to: editor@buddhistchannel.tv