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Kahlil Gibran's Inspiring Poem : On Children

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Your children are not "your" children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

A Beautiful Message by Arthur Ashe : Why Me ?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000

The legendary Wimbledon player who was dying of AIDS, which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983. He received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed:

"Why did God have to select you for such a bad disease?"

To this Arthur Ashe replied:

50 Million children started playing Tennis,

5 Million learnt to play Tennis,

500 Thousand learnt Professional Tennis,

50 Thousand came to Circuit,

5 Thousand reached Grand Slam,

50 reached Wimbledon,

4 reached the Semifinals,

2 reached the Finals and

when I was holding the cup in my hand, I never asked God:

"Why Me?"

So now that I'm in pain how can I ask God:

"Why Me?"

Happiness keeps you Sweet!

Trials keep you Strong!

Sorrows keep you Human!

Failure keeps you Humble!

Success keeps you Glowing!

But only, Faith keeps you Going!

Sometimes you are not satisfied with your life, while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life.

A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead dreams of flying. but, a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse & dreams of returning home.

That's life!

Enjoy yours...

If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing on the streets.
But only poor kids do that.

If power ensures security, then VIPs should walk unguarded.
But those who live simply, sleep soundly.

If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages.
Live simply, be happy! Walk humbly and love genuinely

Dr. Aloysius Loh: Life After 60

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Life can begin at 60, it is all in your hands! Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60 years of age, owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinions. But, it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them scrupulously. Here are ten mantras to age gracefully and make life after retirement pleasant.

1. Never say "I am aged":There are three ages, chronological, biological, and psychological. The first is calculated based on our date of birth; the second is determined by the health conditions; the third is how old we feel we are. While we don't have control over the first, we can take care of our health with good diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and optimistic thinking can reverse the third age.

2. Health is wealth:If you really love your kith and kin, taking care of your health should be your priority. Thus, you will not be a burden to them. Have an annual health check-up and take the prescribed medicines regularly. Do take health insurance coverage.

3. Money is important:Money is essential for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning family respect and security. Don't spend beyond your means even for your children. You have lived for them all through and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse. If your children are grateful and they take care of you, you are blessed. But, never take it for granted.

4. Relaxation and recreation:The most relaxing and recreating forces are a healthy religious attitude, good sleep, music and laughter. Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love good music and see the funny side of life.

5. Time is precious:It is almost like holding a horses' reins. When they are in your hands, you can control them. Imagine that everyday you are born again. Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is ready cash - use it profitably. Live this moment; live it fully, now, in the present time.

6. Change is the only permanent thing: We should accept change - it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of change is to join in the dance. Change has brought about many pleasant things. We should be happy that our children are blessed.

7. Enlightened selfishness:All of us are basically selfish. Whatever we do, we expect something in return. We should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But, our focus should be on the internal satisfaction and the happiness we derive by doing good for others, without expecting anything in return. Perform a random act of kindness daily.

8. Forget and forgive:Don't be bothered too much about others' mistakes. We are not spiritual enough to show our other cheek when we are slapped in one. But for the sake of our own health and happiness, let us forgive and forget them. Otherwise, we will be only increasing our blood pressure.

9. Everything has a purpose:Take life as it comes. Accept yourself as you are and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and is right in his own way.

10. Overcome the fear of death:We all know that one day we have to leave this world. Still we are afraid of death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss. But the truth is no one is going to die for you; they may be depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will go on.

10 Teachings From The Kalama Sutta To Defend Against Intellectual Dependence

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0000

All people in the world, including the Thai people, are now in the same situation as were the Kalama people of Kesaputtanigama, India, during the time of the Buddha. Their village was in a place through which many religious teachers passed. Each of these teachers taught that his personal doctrine was the only truth, and that all others before and after him were wrong. The Kalama's could not decide which doctrine they should accept and follow. The Buddha once came to their village and the Kalama's brought up this problem with him: that they did not know which teacher to believe. So the Buddha taught them what is now known as the Kalama Sutta, examined here. Nowadays, worldly people can study many different approaches to economic, social and technological development. The universities teach just about everything. Then, regarding spiritual matters, here in Thailand alone we have so many teachers, so many interpretations of the Buddha's teachings and so many meditation centres that nobody knows which teaching to accept or which practice to follow. Thus it can be said that we have fallen into the same position as the Kalama's were in. The Buddha taught them, and us, not to accept or believe anything immediately. He gave ten basic conditions to beware of in order to avoid becoming the intellectual slave of anyone, even of the Buddha himself. This principle enables us to know how to choose the teachings, which are truly capable of quenching suffering (dukkha). The ten examples, which the Buddha gave in the Kalama Sutta follow: Do not accept and believe just because something has been passed along and retold through the years– Such credulity is a characteristic of brainless people, or "sawdust brains", such as those in Bangkok who once believed that there would be disasters for the people born in the "ma years" (those years of the traditional twelve-year Thai calendar whose names begin with "ma", namely, years five through eight: small snake, big snake, horse and goat). Do not believe just because some practice has become traditional – People tend to imitate what others do and then pass the habit along, as in the story of the rabbit frightened by the fallen bael fruit. The other animals saw it running at full strength, and then so frightened and excited each other that they ran after it. Most of them tripped and fell, broke their necks, or tumbled to death off cliffs. Any Vipassana practice that’s done in limitation of others, as a mere tradition, leads to similar results. Do not accept and believe merely because of the reports and news spreading far and wide through one's village, or even throughout the world. Only fools are susceptible to such "rumours", for they refuse to exercise their own intelligence. Do not accept and believe just because something is cited in a Pitaka – The word "Pitaka", which is used for the Buddhist scriptures, means anything written or inscribed upon any suitable writing material. Memorized teachings, which are passed on orally should not be confused with Pitaka. Pitakas are a certain kind of conditioned thing, which are under humanity's control. They can be created, improved and changed by human hands. So we cannot trust every letter and word in them. We need to use our powers of discrimination to see how those words can be applied to the quenching of suffering. The various schools of Buddhism all have their own cannons, among which there are discrepancies. Do not believe just because something fits with the reasoning of logic (takka). This is merely one branch of study used to try to figure out the truth. Takka, what we call "logics", can go wrong if its data or its methods are incorrect. Do not believe just because something is correct on the grounds of naya (deductive and inductive reasoning) alone. These days, naya is called "philosophy". In Thailand, we translate the word "philosophy" as "prajña", which the Indian people cannot accept because "naya" is only one point of view. It's not the highest or absol[...]

The Beauty of Human Relations

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000

A man married a beautiful girl. He loved her very much. One day she developed a skin disease. Slowly she started to lose her beauty. It so happened that one day her husband left for a tour.

While returning he met with an accident and lost his eyesight. However their married life continued as usual. But as days passed she lost her beauty gradually. Blind husband did not know this and there was not any difference in their married life. He continued to love her and she also loved him very much.

One day she died. Her death brought him great sorrow. He finished all her last rites and wanted to leave that town.

A man from behind called and said, "Now how will you be able to walk all alone? All these days your wife used to help you."

He replied, I am not blind. I was acting, because if she knew l could see her ugliness it would have pained her more than her disease. So I pretended to be blind. She was a very good wife. I only wanted to keep her happy.

Moral: "Sometimes it is good for us to act blind and ignore one another's short comings, in order to be happy. No matter how many times the teeth bite the tongue, they still stay together in one mouth. That's the spirit of FORGIVENESS. Even though the eyes don't see each other, they see things together, blink simultaneously and cry together. That's UNITY."

May God grant us all the spirit of forgiveness, unity and togetherness.

1. "Alone I can "Say" but together we can "Talk".
2. "Alone I can "Enjoy" but together we can "Celebrate".
3. "Alone I can "Smile" but together we can "Laugh".
That's the Beauty of Human Relations. We are nothing without each other.

QUOTE OF THE DAY : "The razor blade is sharp but can't cut a tree; the axe is strong but can't cut the hair."

MORALS: "Everyone is important according to his/her own unique purpose."

Mother Teresa Inspirational Quotes

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

Peace begins with a smile.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.

Let us meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Together we can do great things.

I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

The more you have, the more occupied you are. The less you have, the more free you are.” Mother Teresa

Love begins by taking care of the closet ones.

The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.

Live simply, so others may simply live.

Go out into the world today and love the people you meet.

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.

If we really want to love, we must learn to forgive.

Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love.

The greatest good is what we do for one another.

Inspirational Wisdom by Master Hsing Yun : Who Am I ?

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 14:28:00 +0000

Before I was born, who was I? After birth, who am I? We come into this world with happiness and depart with sorrow. Who is the one on the deathbed with his eyes closed?

This verse comes from the Qing Emperor Shun-chi's poem in praise of the monastic order. His questions are aply put. Do we know where we come from? Who were we before we were born?

The human body is made up of the four elements of earth, fire, water, and wind. When we die, these four elements scatter and are regrouped as we taken an another physical form with rebirth in one of the six realms of existence. We are lost as we move from one realm to another. We do not know what we are doing in the womb, and when we are born, we do not know who we are. Most people rejoice at births and lament upon deaths. What is true joy? What is true sorrow?

Once, a Zen master was going door to door to seek for alms. It happened that one of the families he visited just had a new baby and everyone was congratulating the new father. The Zen master, however, started crying out loud. The new father was very surprised and asked him why he was crying. He replied that he was crying because there would be one more death in the future.

Birth comes from death. If we do not want to die, then we must make sure that we break the cylce of rebirth within the six realms of existence. Once there was a famous poet, by the name of Po-hu Tang. He wrote this poem to illustrate the brevity of life:

It is is rare that we live to be seventy,
And my seventy years come as even a surprise to me.
The first ten years of life, we are too young to know anything.
The last ten years, we are too old to do anything.
This leaves only fifty good years, half of which we spend in sleep.
This leaves us only twenty-five years to truly live.
But do you realize how many obstacles
we have to endure in these twenty-five years?

Nowadays, people can live to be a hundred and twenty. In the boundless life of the universe, a hundred and twenty years, go by in a flash. Not to mention many of us will not live to be even a hundred. Many will pass away in their sleep, and we are never sure if we will continue living from one moment to the next.

The joy of birth and the sorrow of death are normal emotions for most people. But someone with wisdom will not allow this precious life to go by meaninglessly. They will not allow themselves to wallow in ignorance. We must beware of delusion and open ourselves up to understanding life and death.

Inspirational True Story : Do Good and Expect Nothing in Return

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000

An 18-year-old student was struggling to pay his fees. He was an orphan, and not knowing where to turn for money, he came up with a bright idea. He and a friend decided to host a musical concert on campus to raise money for their education.

They reached out to the great pianist Ignacy J. Paderewski. His manager demanded a guaranteed fee of $2000 for the piano recital. A deal was struck and the boys began to work to make the concert a success.

The big day arrived. But unfortunately, they had not managed to sell enough tickets. The total collection was only $1600. Disappointed, they went to Paderewski and explained their plight. They gave him the entire $1600, plus a cheque for the balance $400. They promised to honour the cheque at the soonest possible.

"No," said Paderewski. "This is not acceptable." He tore up the cheque, returned the $1600 and told the two boys: "Here's the $1600. Please deduct whatever expenses you have incurred. Keep the money you need for your fees. And just give me whatever is left". The boys were surprised, and thanked him profusely.

It was a small act of kindness. But it clearly marked out Paderewski as a great human being.

Why should he help two people he did not even know? We all come across situations like these in our lives. And most of us only think "If I help them, what would happen to me?" The truly great people think, "If I don't help them, what will happen to them?" They don’t do it expecting something in return. They do it because they feel it's the right thing to do.

Paderewski later went on to become the Prime Minister of Poland. He was a great leader, but unfortunately when the World War began, Poland was ravaged. There were more than 1.5 million people starving in his country, and no money to feed them. Paderewski did not know where to turn for help. He reached out to the US Food and Relief Administration for help.

The head there was a man called Herbert Hoover — who later went on to become the US President. Hoover agreed to help and quickly shipped tons of foodgrains to feed the starving Polish people.

A calamity was averted. Paderewski was relieved. He decided to go across to meet Hoover and personally thank him. When Paderewski began to thank Hoover for his noble gesture, Hoover quickly interjected and said, "You shouldn't be thanking me Mr. Prime Minister. You may not remember this, but several years ago, you helped two young students go through college. I was one of them."

Zen Story About Egotism

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:00:00 +0000

The Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty was a national hero for his success as both a statesman and military leader. But despite his fame, power, and wealth, he considered himself a humble and devout Buddhist. Often he visited his favorite Zen master to study under him, and they seemed to get along very well. The fact that he was prime minister apparently had no effect on their relationship, which seemed to be simply one of a revered master and respectful student.

One day, during his usual visit, the Prime Minister asked the master, "Your Reverence, what is egotism according to Buddhism?" The master's face turned red, and in a very condescending and insulting tone of voice, he shot back, "What kind of stupid question is that!?"

This unexpected response so shocked the Prime Minister that he became sullen and angry. The Zen master then smiled and said, "THIS, Your Excellency, is egotism."

Ajahn Brahm Inspirational Quotes

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:45:00 +0000

If you want to have a good time, be good.

Real beauty does not lie in perfection, but in embracing and accepting imperfection.

Love is the ability to embrace the imperfections of another, of ourselves, and of life.

Instead of having a fault-finding mind, develop the beautiful attitude of gratitude.

Whatever you value, whatever you think is really important, that is what will develop and grow.

Water the flowers in your garden, don't water the weeds.

What you see in others, that's what they will show you back.

Always put happiness and joy into whatever you are doing.

Merit is not something you store up for a future life, it's what you put into your heart for now.

Real generosity is giving, expecting nothing back in return.

Inspiration is a beautiful source of pure energy that uplifts your heart.

A lot of the time you learn the most from osmosis, by just hanging around good people.

When you cultivate a beautiful mind throughout the day, you will have a beautiful mind in meditation.

Your real home is not the house you live in, but the stillness and peace in your heart.

Forget about the results. Creating the causes; that's your work. The results will come by themselves.

When you face the problem and bring it close to you, you have a chance to understand it. When you run away, your face is turned in the opposite direction.

You don’t need to give things a name...just know them.

Don't bend the truth to fit your beliefs, bend your beliefs to fit the truth.

You can either be caught up in this world and in your desires... or you can be free.

Suffering is asking from the world what it can never give you.

Freedom is realising that you can't control life.

Pleasure is just a pause between two moments of pain.
And pain is just the space between two moments of pleasure.

Whatever disturbance there is, it only lasts for a few moments.
But if you allow it to echo in your mind, it will keep on going for a long time.

Hell is a place with an open door. You send yourself there because of guilt.
If you know what love and forgiveness are, you can walk out any time you want.

It's amazing how free you can be, if you don’t limit yourself to your past.

The nature of life is that it settles down and finds a balance all by itself.

Where there is a self, there are things belonging to a self.
Where there is no self, there is no sense of ownership.

From "All You Need Is Kindfulness - A Collection of Ajahn Brahm Quotes".

Inspirational Wisdom Story About Buddha

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:00:00 +0000

Once, Buddha was walking through a village with his students, where the opponents of Buddhism lived. The people of the village surrounded Buddha and his students and started insulting them. In respond, the students also started rising up and wanted to get back at them, but the presence of Buddha calmed them down. The words of Buddha confused not only the students but also the villagers.

He turned to his students and said, "You disappointed me. These people are doing their thing. They are angry. They think that I am an enemy of their religion and their moral believes. These people are insulting me and it's obvious. But why are you angry ? Why did you let these people manipulate you ? Now you depend from them, therefore you’re not free."

The people from the village were completely at loss and asked,"But we were insulting you, why aren't you mad at us ?"

Buddha smiled, "You are free people, and what you did - is your business. I am also a free person and a master of my own actions, which is why I have my own right not to react to manipulation and be free from anger."

Stress Management : Holding A Glass Of Water

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +0000

A professor walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As he raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on his face, he inquired : "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 6 ounces and 10 ounces but he shrugged them off.

He replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. What really matters is how long I've been holding it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything. That's the way it is with our stress. If we carry our burdens alone all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on."

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night.

So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Remember to put the glass down !

What Is The Best Religion ?

Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000

The Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is a great spiritual and Buddhist leader. He is the author of many spiritual books. Dr.Leonardo Boff, a Brazilian theologist, is one of the renovators of the Theology of Freedom. In a round table discussion about religion and freedom in which Dalai Lama and Dr.Leonardo Boff were participating, at recess, Boff maliciously, and also with interest, asked Dalai Lama.

Below is the dialogue between The Dalai Lama dan Brazilian theologist, Dr. Leonardo Boff as written by Dr. Leonardo Boff.

"Your Holiness, what is the best religion ?"
(I thought he would say, "The Tibetan Buddhism" or "The oriental religions, much older than Christianity")

The Dalai Lama paused, smiled and looked me in the eyes...which surprised me because I knew of the malice contained in my question.

He answered, "The best religion is the one that gets you closest to God. It is the one that makes you a better person". To get out of my embarrassment with such a wise answer, I asked, "What is it that makes me better ?"

He responded,
"Whatever makes you more compassionate,
More sensible,
More detached,
More loving,
More humanitarian,
More responsible,
More ethical."
The religion that will do that for you is the best religion"

I was silent for a moment, marveling and even today thinking of his wise and irrefutable response. "I am not interested my friend, about your religion or if you are religious or not. What really is important to me is your behavior in front of your peers, family, work, community, and in front of the world".

"Remember, the universe is the echo of our actions and our thoughts".

"The law of action and reactions is not exclusively for physics. It is also of human relations. If I act with goodness, I will receive goodness. If I act with evil I will get evil."

"What our grandparents told us is pure truth. You will always have what your desire for others. Being happy is not a matter of destiny. It is a matter of options."

Finally he said,
"Take care of your Thoughts because they become Words.
Take care of your Words because they will become Actions.
Take care of your Actions because they will become Habits.
Take care of your Habits because they will form your Character.
Take care of your Character because it will form your Destiny, and your Destiny will be your Life...and...There is no religion higher than the Truth."

The Story Of Two Brothers : The Meaning Of Brotherhood

Mon, 05 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Once there were two brothers who inherited their father's land. The brothers divided the land in half and each one farmed his own section. Over time, the older brother married and had six children, while the younger brother never married.

One night, the younger brother lay awake. "It's not fair that each of us has half the land to farm," he thought. "My brother has six children to feed and I have none. He should have more grain than I do."

So that night the younger brother went to his silo, gathered a large bundle of wheat, and climbed the hill that separated the two farms and over to his brother's farm. Leaving the wheat in his brother's silo, the younger brother returned home, feeling pleased with himself.

Earlier that very same night, the older brother was also lying awake. "It's not fair that each of us has half the land to farm," he thought. "In my old age my wife and I will have our grown children to take care of us, not to mention grandchildren, while my brother will probably have none. He should at least sell more grain from the fields now so he can provide for himself with dignity in his old age."

So that night, too, he secretly gathered a large bundle of wheat, climbed the hill, left it in his brother's silo, and returned home, feeling pleased with himself.

The next morning, the younger brother was surprised to see the amount of grain in his barn unchanged. "I must not have taken as much wheat as I thought," he said, bemused. "Tonight I'll be sure to take more."

That very same moment, his older brother was also standing in his barn, musing much the same thoughts.

After night fell, each brother gathered a greater amount of wheat from his barn and in the dark, secretly delivered it to his brother's barn. The next morning, the brothers were again puzzled and perplexed. "How can I be mistaken ?" each one scratched his head. "There's the same amount of grain here as there was before I cleared the pile for my brother. This is impossible ! Tonight I'll make no mistake - I'll take the pile down to the very floor. That way I'll be sure the grain gets delivered to my brother."

The third night, more determined than ever, each brother gathered a large pile of wheat from his barn, loaded it onto a cart, and slowly pulled his haul through the fields and up the hill to his brother's barn. At the top of the hill, under the shadow of a moon, each brother noticed a figure in the distance. Who could it be?

When the two brothers recognized the form of the other brother and the load he was pulling behind, they realized what had happened. Without a word, they dropped the ropes to their carts and embraced.

Jing Si Aphorism - Inspirational Wisdom by Dharma Master Cheng Yen

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000

Know your blessings,
cherish them and sow more blessings.

The ocean can be filled,
yet the tiny mouth
of a human being
can never be filled.

The fist step on a path of Buddhism
is to lessen our desires and be satisfied
with what we have.
Then our mind will relax and we will begin
to gain wisdom.

When we treat others
with loving-kindness,
we will not stir up ill feelings,
and we will able to
form good relationships with others.

Bodhisattvas are not
idol made of wood;
real Bodhisattvas are people
who eat, talk, work,
and relieve suffering
in times of need.

An Inspirational Story About Two Frogs

Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000

Once upon a time, there were two frogs live together in a lake. In a summer, the heat of the sun had dried all the water in the lake.

The frog said to his friend, "We can not stay here much longer without water."

"The birds look for the forest to live in, while we frogs look for the water to live in." After walking long enough, they found a well.

"See ! Right in front of us, there is a well !", the frog said happily to his friend.

"Hmmm...", his friend replied.

"Let's jump into the well. This is a nice place to stay and for the food", the frog said to his friend again.

"Yes, yes ! It will be nice if we jump into the well now, but the problem is ... how can we get out again then ?", replied his friend.

We need to consider the consequences of our decisions. Sometimes, an interesting opportunity may be just like the water in the's easy to jump in, but it will be impossible to climb out !

The Inspiration Of The Coffee Bean

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.

It seemed that, as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see ?"

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," the young woman replied. The mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother ?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened! The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" the mother asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Think of this : Which am I ? Am I the carrot that seems strong but, with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat ? Did I have a fluid spirit but, after a death, a breakup, or a financial hardship, does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart ? Or am I like the coffee bean ? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level ? How do you handle adversity ? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean ?

WhatsApp Story : An Inspirational Success Story

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Jan Koum, an immigrant from Ukraine, was so poor as a teenager that he used to save his old Soviet notebooks for school and queued with his mom for food stamps. Brian Acton lost a small fortune in the dot-com bust and was rejected for jobs at Twitter and Facebook. Now, the friends behind the hot mobile messaging startup WhatsApp are the newest tech industry billionaires.

Facebook bought WhatsApp in a stock-and-cash deal worth up to $19 billion and gave Koum a seat on the social network's board of directors.

Koum signed the Facebook takeover contract at the unused building where he and his mother once queued for food stamps in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View, where WhatsApp is located, according to Forbes Magazine.

Koum, who turns 38 on Sunday (23 February 2014) has described growing up as a rebellious Jewish child near Kiev and having little when he immigrated to California with his mother at the age of 16 just after the Soviet Union's breakup.

His father did not make it to the United States, where the family sought to escape anti-Semitism and oppressive tactics of secret police.

"Jan's childhood made him appreciate communication that was not bugged or taped," Sequoia Capital partner Jim Goetz said in an online post.

"When he arrived in the US as a 16-year-old immigrant living on food stamps, he had the extra incentive of wanting to stay in touch with his family in Russia and the Ukraine."

Koum's mother brought with her a cache of pens and Soviet-issued notebooks to save money on school supplies, according to Forbes magazine.

A self-described trouble-maker at school, Koum had a job sweeping the floors in a grocery store. After his mother was diagnosed with cancer, they got by on disability payments, Forbes reported.

Koum learned computer networking from manuals bought from, and eventually returned to, a used book store, according to the account.

He enrolled in a state university in Silicon Valley and was working on the side with a computer security firm when he met Acton while on assignment at Yahoo in 1997.

Acton was employee number 44 at the Sunnyvale, California-based Internet firm and shared a "no-nonsense" attitude with Koum. Within a year, Koum was working as an engineer at Yahoo and the pair was on their way to being close friends.

Koum eventually chose Yahoo over college. When Koum's mother died of cancer in 2000, his mentor Acton stepped in with support.

Acton, meanwhile, reportedly lost millions investing during the famous dot-com boom that ended with an infamous dot-com bust.

Acton and Koum left Yahoo in 2007 and took a year off, exploring South America and playing the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, according to Forbes.


Destiny In Our Own Hand

Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:00:00 +0000

Once upon a time, there was a general who was leading his army into battle against an enemy ten times the size of his own.

Along the way to the battlefield, the troops stopped by a small temple to pray for victory.

The general held up a coin and told his troops, "I am going to implore the Heaven to help us crush our enemy. If this coin lands with the heads on top, we'll win. If it's tails, we'll lose. Our destiny is in the hands of the Heaven. Let's pray wholeheartedly."

After a short prayer, the general tossed the coin. It landed with the heads on top. The troops were overjoyed and went into the battle with high spirit.

Just as predicted, the smaller army won the battle.

The soldiers were exalted, "It's good to have the Heaven on our side ! No one can change what they have determined."

"Really ?" The general shows them the coin – both sides of it were heads.

The Heaven is not in favor of anyone, no one is more preferred than others. The only help you can receive is from ourselves. One's destiny is not fixed or decided by the Heaven or "Destiny". One's destiny lies within one's own hands. The Law of Cause and Effect reigns supreme - the present is conditioned to a good extent by the past.

The future is uncertain and not fixed - causes and condition from the past and present do influence the future. What we do NOW is of utmost importance. The outcome of a deed or action depends on various factors and conditions.

One of the most important being one's state of mind or attitude, concentration, mindfulness, confidence and other positive qualities of the mind.

Destiny is a matter of choice, not a matter of chance.

"If we thin we can, we can" is certainly a good attitude to cultivate.

The Viewpoint Of Pessimism And Optimism

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Long time ago, when China was split into many small countries, there was a merchant who lived in Song, a country in northern China. He took men's hat and shirt to Yue, a country in southern China, thought that he could reap a great profit.

The merchant shouted, "Come on, buy a new clothing here ! I have beautiful dan fashionble shirts and hats !"

However, the way of dressing for the men in Yue country were keeping their hair short and tattooed their upper body without dressing. They did not wear a shirt or hat.

Hence, the merchant wrote a letter to his wife, "A great catastrophe. No man here wearing a shirt or hat. They are shirtless. I will go home soon."

Then, there were another merchant from Zheng (another country in the northern China) which also carried men's shirts and hats to trade in the Yue country.

The new merchant shouted, "Hey, come here and buy a new dress and hat ! Also beautiful fashion accessories are available."

He also realized that the habit of man in Yue country was shirtless.

Yue's man said, "We are never wear a shirt or a hat here."

The merchant replied, "That's exactly why I come here."

"Great ! A new territory for selling clothing and hats", said the merchant.

Then, he also wrote a letter to his wife in Zheng.

"No men wear a shirt or hat here. Please send a large number of shirts and hats to Yue by mail."

Under the same circumstances, the viewpoint of pessimism and optimism are very opposite. Everything is usually not absolutely good or bad, beautiful or ugly. How do we perceive it ? What will we do ? It's entirely depends on ourselves.

Buddha And A Pile Of Shit

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000

Zen Master, Fo Yin was especially intimate with Su Dongpo, a distinguished and mischievous poet. Their friendship had grown so deep that the little wrangling had no effect on their relationship. Once, on a meeting between this two good friends, Su Dongpo asked Venerable Fo Yin, "Master, what do you think I look like sitting here?".

Venerable Fo Yin replied, "You look like a sitting Buddha."

On hearing this, Su Dongpo says this to Venerable Fo Yin, "But you surely look like a pile of shit to me." Venerable Fo Yin, answered " that so?"

Su Dongpo seeing Venerable Fo Yin, still as composure as before, asked "You respect me as a Buddha, and I refer to you as a pile of shit. Aren't you angry?"

Venerable Fo Yin then answered, "I should be happy. How could I be angry?"

He went on explaining, "Because if the self is Buddha, the self sees others as Buddha-like, if the self is full of shit, the self sees others as shit-like!"

The world presents itself according to the point of viewp of each person. Whatever kind of person we are, we will see that kind of world; whatever kind of mindset we have, we will derive that kind of conclusion.

The Eight Winds Can Not Move Him, But One Fart Blows Him Across The River

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 04:00:00 +0000

Su Dongpo (蘇東坡) was an avid student of Buddhist teachings and a distinguished and mischievous poet. He was quick-witted and humorous; as a Zen Buddhism follower he was very serious and self-disciplined. He often discussed Buddhism with his good friend, Zen Master Fo Yin (佛印禪師). The two lived across the river from one another.

Following is an interesting and famous story about him and Zen Master Fo Yin.

One day, Su Dongpo felt inspired and wrote the following poem :

稽首天中天,(Qǐshǒu tiān zhōng tiān),
毫光照大千;(Háo guāngzhào dàqiān);
八風吹不動,(Bā fēngchuī bùdòng),
端坐紫金蓮。(Duān zuò zǐjīn lián).

I bow my head to the heaven within heaven,
Hairline rays illuminating the universe,
The eight winds cannot move me,
Sitting still upon the purple golden lotus.

The "eight winds" (八風) in the poem referred to praise (稱), ridicule (譏), honor (譽), disgr​​ace (毀), gain (得), loss (失), pleasure (樂) and misery (苦) – interpersonal forces of the material world that drive and influence the hearts of men. Su Dongpo was saying that he has attained a higher level of spirituality, where these forces no longer affect him.

Impressed by himself, Su Dongpo sent a servant to hand-carry this poem to Fo Yin. He was sure that his friend would be equally impressed. When Fo Yin read the poem, he immediately saw that it was both a tribute to the Buddha and a declaration of spiritual refinement. Smiling, the Zen Master wrote "fart" on the manuscript and had it returned to Su Dongpo.

Su Dongpo was expecting compliments and a seal of approval. When he saw "fart" written on the manuscript, he was shocked . He burst into anger: "How dare he insult me like this ? Why that lousy old monk ! He's got a lot of explaining to do !"

Full of indignation, he rushed out of his house and ordered a boat to ferry him to the other shore as quickly as possible. He wanted to find Fo Yin and demand an apology. However, Fo Yin’s door closed. On the door was a piece of paper, for Su Dongpo. The paper had following two lines :


The eight winds cannot move me,
One fart blows me across the river.

This stopped Su Dongpo cold. Fo Yin had anticipated this hot-headed visit. Su Dongpo's anger suddenly drained away as he understood his friend's meaning. If he really was a man of spiritual refinement, completely unaffected by the eight winds, then how could he be so easily provoked ?

With a few strokes of the pen and minimal effort, Fo Yin showed that Su Dongpo was in fact not as spiritually advanced as he claimed to be. Ashamed but wiser, Su Dongpo departed quietly.

This event proved to be a turning point in Su Dongpo's spiritual development. From that point on, he became a man of humility, and not merely someone who boasted of possessing the virtue.

Zen is a state of mind, a level of awareness, a way of life. Zen that focuses on the meaning and games of words is a formal and courtly Zen and cultic Zen. Zen like that has no correlation with the true Zen.

Ajahn Brahm's Inspiring Wisdom : All Is Well

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 03:00:00 +0000

People often ask, "How can you say all is well if I am sick or I do not have any money or my sweetheart leaves me ?"

All is well because life is never sure 100% and if your life always happy, then you never learn anything . If sometimes you only get 30 % and became so depressed, moody, everything probably go wrong from time to time , then at that time you get the chance to grow.

When you are sick , you can take a rest and open the opportunity for anyone to do good karma like treating, caring for, or visiting you.

In fact there's nothing wrong with being old. Being old is something incredible ! I am 60 years old . I always think I'm not as young as before, but not as old as what I experienced. So I better enjoy this day.

By that way, you do not have to worry about anything. Whatever happens with our lives, all is well. Although there are much sadness and trouble in our lives, that's the challenge, because of that, then we can grow. Because of the sadness and tears, we can have compassion.

All the pain and suffering will end, and thereafter there will be happiness.

But sometimes we can not say all is well sincerely because we are still concerned with the matters of the past and future time.

Do not worry about events that haven't happened in the future and do not be stay on bad memories in the past, always remember the happy and fun memories. This will keep you motivated to become a happier person, a healthier person, become more successful. That's called "release". When you release the pain in the past, what's left else ? All is well.

So, let's say, "For all things that have happened, thanks. For all things that will happen, all is well."

"Ajahn Brahm Tour d'Indonesia 2012"

Walking On Water

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 02:00:00 +0000

Once a monk approached the Buddha and stated that he had been meditating for over 30 years.

The Buddha asked, "What have you learned ?"

The monk replied, "I have mastered the jhanas and now I can walk on water." The monk proceeded to walk on water across a lake and then back.

The Buddha said, "Is there a boat that can take you across?" The monk said, "Yes." The Buddha asked, "What is the cost to take the boat to the other side ?" "One-and-a-half cents" replied the monk.

The Buddha replied, "Then the value of your miracles is one-and-a-half cents."

The Buddha continued, "You could have taken a boat across for one-and-a-half cents to the other side and spent your time developing vipassana [insight] instead; and by now you would have been enlightened."

The Buddha answers in a very practical and pragmatic way, for example what is the use of the miracle and is there a less time consuming alternative. Instead of being in awe at someone walking on water, like a naive person may have been, the Buddha just bluffs it off as nothing special.

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A Story Of A Poor Sparrow

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 07:56:00 +0000

When the dry season has just started, a sparrow feel his body heat. And he swore to his hostile environment, then he decided to leave the place that had always been his habitat. He flew to the north, which is said there is always cool and cold. Sure, he began to feel the cool air in the north. The more to the north, he increasingly felt the cool air there. He was getting excited spurring his flight more to north again.

Carried away by his passion, he is not aware that his flapping wings had been attached by a snowball. Thicker incresingly, and finally he fell to the ground as his body wrapped in snow. On the ground, snow on his body even more thicker until finally the sparrows could not do anything about it. He thought that his life had been ended at that time, and he was moaning while regretting his fate.

Heard the moans of the sparrows, there is a buffalo who happened to be passing and approached him. But the sparrow disappointed, why just a buffalo came to there. He also rebuked the buffalo to stay away and said in his mind, that stupid being (the buffalo) could not do something for him.

The buffalo had not much to say. He just stood there, then he urinated right on top of the sparrow. The sparrow getting angry and cursing the buffalo. However, the buffalo remained silent without saying a word. He took a step forward, and defecated right in the body of the sparrow. And immediately, the sparrow could not speak anymore because he has been closed by buffalo dung, and the sparrow thought he would die because he could not breathe anymore.

But slowly, he felt the warmth. Snow that sticks to the feathers, slowly melted by the warmth of the buffalo dung. Then he could breathe and look at the clear sky again.

The sparrow screamed with joy, singing loudly and happily. Because the sound of the sparrow's singing, there was a cat and went looking for the source of the sound. The cat held out his hand, scavenge the body of the sparrow, then cradled, licked his body, stroking, and clean up the remnants of snow still clinging to the feathers of the sparrows.

After his feather clean, the sparrow singing and dancing with joy. He thought, he have gained a good friend and a good hearted friend.

But, what happens then. Immediately at the time, the world seemed so dark to him. And, it was the end of the life of the sparrow at that time.

Morals of this story :
In life, not everything that looks good is good, bad is bad. But it could be reversed although it looks beautiful, because the neighbor's yard that looks green is not necessarily right for us. And most importantly, good or bad appearance, should not be used as the only benchmarks. Also as when we just get enjoyment, do not forget and too desired, so we do not forget what should to do next.