Saturday, 14 January 2017

2016 in a nutshell

Is it a little late to round up 2016? Anyway not going to. 

It was a sombering 2016. It has not been an easy Monkey year but I thank my loved ones for being so understanding with me, my bosses for being kind and magnanimous to me, and to all who matters to me for believing in me. Most importantly I'm grateful to my Gurus and Sangha community and Dharma friends for teaching me what's the most important in Life. I may not grasp it all still, but I'll try. Good bye 2016! 👋

This by Lang Leav quite fits the bill I guess. Looking forward to 2017.


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

人生如戏,笑看人生


 Sharing a meaningful article:

人最怕,深交后的陌生,认真后的痛苦,信任后的利用,温柔后的冷漠,亲朋间的误解!

所以说有些事情不要太计较,睁一只眼闭一只眼,就会过去的遇到爱你的人,学会感恩遇到你爱的人,学会付出

有个懂你的人,是最大的幸福,总不能流血就喊痛,怕黑就开灯,想念就联系。人生就像蒲公英,看似自由,却身不由己。有些事,不是不在意,而是在意了又能怎样。自己尽力了就好,人生没有如果,只有后果和结果。

站在山顶和山脚下的人,虽然地位不同,但在对方眼里,同样的渺小。每个人都喜欢简单的人,简单的事,不喜欢勾心斗角,不喜欢被算计,不喜欢假假的友情。

没有人会懂你到底有多痛,没有人会懂你到底要怎么继续生活下去没有人知道你经历了怎么样的生活,也没有人知道你微笑背后所隐藏的伤痛要怎么激烈更没有人知道你在悲伤的时候却发现原来没有了眼泪。你必须坚强,你若不坚强,谁替你勇敢?

人生,有许多事情无法言说。有些快乐,别人未必能理解;有些悲伤,别人未必能感受。有些累,疼在身上,累在心上;有些泪,挂在脸上,伤在心上;有些痛,无伤无痕,痛在心中。

人最怕:深交后的陌生;认真后的痛苦;信任后的利用;温柔后的冷漠;爱有天意,是否会眷顾自己;心有灵犀,为何总让人无语。有声的,亦累;有形的,也苦;有伤的,还痛。原来,看不见的伤痕最疼,流不出的眼泪最冷。

当你对自己微笑时,世上没烦事能纠缠你;当你对自己诚意时,世上没人能欺骗你。活在别人的掌声中,最易迷失自己;处在别人的关爱中,最易弱化自己。敢于面对困境的人,生命因此坚强。要感谢给你提意见的人,他使你成熟;要感谢给你造困境的人,他使你坚强。

再好的东西,也有失去的一天,再美的事物,也有淡忘的一天。如果不能拥有就放手,如果舍不得就痛苦,该珍惜就珍惜,该放弃就放弃,走得轻松,活得才顺心。

别问谁的行为伤了你,谁的感情苦了你。生活就是这样,有人痛疼,有人笑,有人哭泣,有人叫。伤了揉一揉,苦了忍一忍,谁的人生都有伤,哪种生活没有苦。有些总是难免的,有些总是难躲的,人生并不怕伤过痛过,也不怕苦过哭过,关键是面对痛疼,你想不想,能不能站起来。

生活已经摊开在你面前,是屈服地背道而行,还是坦然地积极行事,生活会告诉你不同的答案。生命,有长短;生活,有苦乐;人生,有起落。学会挥袖从容,暖笑无殇。快乐,不是拥有的多,而是计较的少;乐观,不是没烦恼,而是懂得知足;人生无完美,曲折亦风景,看开,想通,就是完美。

人和人相处,都要以一个平常的心态来对待,要时刻想到,这个世界上离了自己照常运行,谁离了我都能活;反过来,自己离了别人就难以生存,日复一日年复一年的重复内容,面对的是我所有的朋友,与他们相处,我很开心。所以我们要想快乐生活,开开心心过好每一天,就应该与人和睦相处,多一点宽容,多一分理解,多一分关怀。

没有一个人,不是在相交中慢慢理解的,没有一份情,不是在相处中渐渐认同的。相交就要比心,相处就要凭情,情始于交往,心在于认同,好不好在来往中体现,行不行在相处间感受。真心付出,即使没有得到真情,也不要伤心。

这个世界上,没有什么能够糊弄到最后,谁好谁坏,早晚都会明白。只要你问心无愧,就算什么也没有得到,也不必太过看重。人生,在心重情,活着自会安宁。

Monday, 14 November 2016

Anything is possible






I guess most of the world is still reeling and recovering from the shock of Donald Trump becoming the most powerful man in the most powerful country in the world.  My first reaction when I read the news was, "this world is crazy!".

Then someone posted,"This is a nation that has grown up on day time trash talk TV. Why would we expect anything different? Suddenly it's all become very clear. Those seeds were planted long ago". 

Were these seeds planted long ago? Maybe. In Buddhism, we believe in the law of causality (cause and effect). You reap what you sow. Everything is dependent on one another. It is the collective karma of a country and its people which create the karma for the type of leader who will lead them. 

Other recent pieces of news I heard were also shock after shock, surprise after surprise. It is a strange phenomena, a strange period of changing times. And perhaps it is no coincidence that today 14 Nov 2016 happens to be the Supermoon. This full moon will be not only the closest and brightest supermoon of 2016 but also the largest since 1948 (68 years ago).  What we do to Planet Earth, we receive in return, its triggering effects and energies, the good and bad. 

Things which we thought was status quo wasn't. Things which we least expected happened. Business partners become competitors. Close friends become enemies. Enemies become buddies. Lovers become strangers. Things which were so dear to us become just.... an object overnight.  Memories which we thought were beautiful become like something stuck in the throat. Things that we view with so much love and excitement are now just indifference. 

However, on the other hand, at the same time, whatever we view as terrible, has inadventently become, well, better.  This morning when I woke up, I felt an overwhelming sense of calmness sweeping over me. I guess it is not a bad feeling after all, experiencing some calm and happiness despite being in prickly situations. The journey never ends, it's a continuing process, from good to bad, from worst to better etc..
  
To me, the only one good thing we get out of this Donald Trump episode is.... it made me realise that anything everything is possible. Yes, there is HOPE!  Perhaps it will egg me on to achieve what the society or I once thought to be utterly impossible. Maybe this notion is not so crazy after all.

So, were these seeds planted long ago? Definitely. 

Everything can change in a split second, everything is changing at every moment. How dearly we pay to learn the lesson of impermanence.  

Anything is f**king possible. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Thank you, readers!


It's strange. Although I've not been blogging regularly anymore, I still get emails from readers. Recently there was Libby who chanced upon my blog and read my earlier post "有你的祝福, 没有过不去的苦"  and introduced herself as a Buddhist and semi vegetarian and hoped to connect with me.

Just a couple of days ago I received an email from a lady named Veronica who wanted to meet up with me. She said she is new in Tibetan Buddhism and wanted to learn from me over lunch.

On the same day the past Sunday, which was the last day of our grand puja event, a  devotee named Lynn approached me at my booth. She said she found my blog and has been reading it. I'm so touched. I've seen her before on and off during special events but didn't know she is my reader. This is my selfie with her. Thanks for introducing yourself Lynn! 

There was another devotee who introduced herself as Miss Lam, also approached my booth to make donations and to say hi. She said she is my reader too. Wow I'm beyond speechless and touched they still remember my little low profile blog here.  I'll try to blog more, hehe...

Over the years since I started my blog more than 10 years ago, I have made friends with my blog readers and fellow bloggers, especially Dharma friends, who have become friends.

🌷🌷🌹🌼🌼💐☘🌳🌲🌷🌷🌺💐🌼🌹🌹🌹🍀☘🌵🌷🌸🌼🌼🌻🌻🌼🌺🌹🌷🌷🌼🌻💐🌺🌹🌸🍀☘💐🌼🌹🌷🌹🍀🌼🌻🌺☘🍀🌵🌹🌹🌷🌸🌸

Flowers for my readers. Thank you for your friendship.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

有你的祝福, 没有过不去的苦

Over the weekend, I spent a meaningful morning visiting the residents of a community hospital with a group of volunteers and choir Mudita from Amitabha Buddhist Centre. The purpose was to celebrate and spread some Mid-Autumn Festival cheer to them. We chit chatted with the residents while the singers went around every section of each ward singing songs and mantras continuously to the residents for 3 hours.

When I passed by one of the isolation rooms, I recognised a man inside. Two years ago, my father had a fall and was admitted to this community hospital and he stayed 2-3 weeks for rehabilitation and physiotherapy. During that time, this man who is a long term resident staying in the isolation room was still mobile. Whenever I visited my father, I remember the man was walking around the ward making a fuss here and there. Today he could not move anymore. He was just lying there with tubes connected to him. 

At the chronic unit ward, I was trying to talk to an old lady whom the nurse called Mama Bear. She could not move and her hands are twisted. They told us as most of the patients in this ward are not able to move and some could not see, so they are unable to respond or interact with us. However they can still hear us. So it is good to try to talk to them. I saw her chart and realised she is a Hokkien, so I spoke to her in Hokkien. Her eyes were closed but tears were flowing down. I did not know what else to say except to let her listen to music and mantras playing from my mobile phone. 

May all who are suffering physically and mentally be at peace, no matter what circumstances they face. My deepest respect and appreciation to all the admirable health care professionals and care providers.

It was a wonderful, thought-provoking and humbling experience for me. I recorded videos of the songs which the singers sang to the residents (so that I could replay the songs to whoever needs it in future). Whenever I replay the songs now or see the photos we took, I cannot help but to control my tears. I seriously believe that music can sooth and comfort one's soul/heart.  How wonderful it would be that during one's weakest moments, to have someone to comfort them, to stand up for them, or even just having someone's presence, is enough

Here is one song 让爱传出去 which I recorded. Love the meaningful lyrics. 


   爱是看不见的语言
   爱是摸不到的感觉
   爱是我们小小的心愿
   希望你平安快乐永远
   爱是仰着头的喜悦
   爱是说不出的感谢
   爱是每天多付出一点点
   双手合十不在乎考验
   让爱传出去
   它像阳光温暖我和你
   不管有多遥远
   总有到的那一天
   让爱传出去
   那前方漫漫人生路
   有你的祝福
   没有过不去的苦

Sunday, 11 September 2016

9/11

Today is the first anniversary since Choden Rinpoche's parinirvana on 9/11 last year. 

Choden Rinpoche said, "Throughout your life, take heartfelt refuge in the Three Jewels. Always remember one's mind is the guru..... is the Buddha... in your heart. Whenever you have great fear or happiness, always think of all the objects of refuge in your heart. This will greatly help you to overcome the fears. Whatever experience you are going through, if you think all these within your heart, you can overcome all obstacles and leave the grudges of samsara behind." 

May my teacher return very soon. 🙏

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Cherry blossoms


A Japanese friend took and sent me this beautiful pic of cherry blossoms a few months ago. He stays in Tokyo. Something to brighten my day. 

 ありがとうございます Arigatou gozaimasu !

That little thing

This young monk is Charok Lama whose past life was a high practitioner and an old friend of my guru Lama Zopa Rinpoche's past life. He is around 20 years old.  Here is something from him which I found useful. (Sorry it may be a little blur as I could not find the text elsewhere).


 He likes to write little poems too and always with some special message behind it. 

A small light came to me,
And I just ignored it,
Thinking it's of no use
Cos the sun was always there,
But it kept following me,
And I kept ignoring it
Till I came across total darkness
And the sun was
nowhere to be seen,
That's when I saw
the little thing glow
And wow,
that little thing could glow.

Listen to your heart



We are often so preoccupied with our daily stuff that we hardly stop to listen to what our heart is trying to tell us. We rather spend time in many frivolous activities instead of just spending time to check how our inner world is. We often let the external surroundings dictate and engulf us and fail to recognise and check what is really important to us inside. How long do we intend to carry on searching for something which is beyond us?

Sunday, 28 August 2016

A colourful one pot meal

Buying ingredients to cook. Guess what I'm cooking? 
Preparing, cutting and marinating....

Colourful..... Boiling and let dry...


Stir frying all the ingredients..... chicken chunks, broccoli, mushrooms, and wolfberries.

Then add in the cooked pasta

Tadah! Gorgeous colors, a one pot meal. Delicious too! Goes well with sambal belachan too. Haha Chinese style aglio olio!




Saturday, 27 August 2016

Health is Wealth


For the past few years, I have frequent shoulder pain or back ache.  Doctors or masseurs would always  attribute it to having a desk bound job and working on the computer the whole day. 

Some time back, I went for this therapy massage. That night I had uninterrupted sleep from 1am to 6am. Usually I'll wake up in between before falling asleep again, not sure was it due to my back problem. 

While most people there were screaming away, I was quite alright, not as painful as I thought I had be. Not much pain means a clean bill of health according to my massuer.  He advised me to drink slowly, eat less potatoes, and exercise more! He said for my body type if I were to slim down my muscles would  be taut and not the bouncy soft type. 😅💪 Taut muscles here I come!

Generally the massuer also advised we should cut down on eating too much raw veggies ie. salad and fruits as most are too 'cooling' in nature and anything cooling will cause our system to go haywire which in turn results in ailments and problems. Always keep internal and external body warm and drink more ginger water. 

Luckily I am usually too lazy to eat fruits and salad is only once in a blue moon. I love veggies but I prefer them cooked /roasted.

I had a huge impact fall inside a fast moving bus in Myanmar a few months ago. It crushed my left shoulder /arm and right hip. When it happened, there was a sudden huge force which made me fall flat on my back and left me stunned and shocked for a few hours. That night I immediately went for a massage, but the pain was still raw, and it was agonising. I was in great pain for a couple of weeks after that. Fortunately I didn't break my bones. However until today, my left arm has obviously weakened, not much strength when wearing clothes or lifting heavier stuff.

The episode made me realise I'm not young anymore and the body will get more fragile and unhealthy if I maintain the current lifestyle. I need my body to be in tip top condition in order to continue my practice. 

Recently after a month of diet regime, I've gone down one size although my appearance is still not drastically changed. 😅 I feel lighter and slightly more healthy. 

So now I try to maintain by watching my diet; cutting down on carbohydrates like rice, bread, noodles and biscuits. Also cutting down on drinks with high sugar levels. I don't crave for coffee or coke anymore. 

I also exercise by cycling and going for long walks. Catching pokemons helped too. At level 25, I've walked more than 120km. Haha. 




Is your mind same as your heart?

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