Friday, December 31, 2010
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Event: August 24, 2010. 100-minute dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh in Upper Hamlet, Plum Village, Dharma Cloud Temple.
- you have to prepare to do meditation
- a person asking how to have more luck, Thay replied Good Luck
- to wake up asap and take up responsibility
- how to promote understanding
- suffering, hungry for understanding
- how i can understand my own suffering
- understanding is foundation of love
- cannot listen with compassion, we cannot help other persons
like the sound of chanting
- breath, smile, and you are alive
- if you don't feel safe, you are not at home of yourself
- cannot transform the suffering but transmit to others
- understanding is love
- understanding of others is not possible if not understanding self
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Binding themselves in those states of mind, they bring themselves more misunderstanding and suffering. I have looked deeply into the states of mind of unhappy people and I have seen hidden under their suffering a very sharp pointed knife. Because they don’t see that sharp pointed knife in themselves, it is difficult for them to deal with suffering.簡單的事情，原來也可以很難。
5. The pain caused by the sharp pointed knife lasts a long time and does not change. Because they continue holding onto the knife like that, they fill the world with suffering. Only when they have the opportunity to recognize it and extract it from their hearts will the suffering cease. And only then will they have the chance to stop.
The word Tiep has many meanings. To receive is the first. To continue is second. To be in touch with (life, suffering) is third. The first thing we must do is to receive. The way Thay walks. Talks. This is his way of transmitting. The word Hien. First, it means the thing that is present. Now. The dharma door of plum Village is the present moment. Second, it means realization. Realizing the practice. Third, manifestation. We could also add another meaning. Make it appropriate to the time and place. Actualization. With all these meanings, it can’t so easily translate into English. Therefore, we have Order of Interbeing and we must study to understand its meaning.
After the bell, we are reminded that all the questions appear to be linked together and if we answer one question then we can answer all the questions. The remain hour is spent hearing about peace, understanding, and compassion. The premise of this discussion is that even if we do get what we need, we still suffer. Examples of this are everywhere.
The question is how can I understand my own suffering. It is the art of listening. You have to train – to practice mindful living – so you can listen to the suffering in yourself. Intention is not good enough.
Mindfulness brings you to the present. This is insight.可以好簡單。深入的，未能體會，就由最基本開始。
Event: September 8, 2010. 72-minute dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh in Singapore during the Peaceful Mind, Open Heart Retreat at the Kong Meng San Pu Jue Zen Monastery.
- to practise to listen to the bell
- to come home to the present moment
- sound of the bell is kind of reminder
- our mind back to our body
- don't take a long time, just 2 to 3 seconds
- basis practise, to bring mind to the body
- to enjoy
- if suffer, the practise is not correct
Friday, December 24, 2010
- no practise, Budda is outside
- with practise, Budda is in myself
- Budda means mindful
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Together with the 2nd quarter, it is almost same as last year. No need to mind the rest of the 6-month. It is not worth. Thing will not be handled by me and I don't have ability to control that much (mostly is I don't want to). Let it be :) Sure I know someone will "bilibala" often.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sure will buy a very thick book to kill time. Then it is the best time to do meditation.
From the news, said the situation there liked the 3rd world. There is photo provided. If the situation in 3rd world is liked that, then we are peace in everywhere. It is how our children grown up nowadays.
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Monday, December 20, 2010
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To prevent resentment from taking root in your body, pursue a more active physical practice of yoga. Breathe out resentment through pranayama. Commune with nature, which helps heal difficult emotions. Cultivate an intention, or sankalpa, to connect with others, and find a mutual bond during the holidaysSource: Yoga Journal
I have a very strong emotion right now. It is due to a person doesn't review anything and said something which is not the truth. I have reviewed the task and the party responsible to it already done the job. It is the person whom doesn't want to make the role clear as it is easy for her to play around. In such situation, why I still keep on to be trapped.
Breathe and Smile :)
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At a moment, I really want to resign.
Suddenly told you this should be done at the begining of the month. Not already started yet and told you the deadline is over.
And a very big joke is, a log cannot log anything. We need to communicate but there is no channel for you, sorry! I am not the action taker and need to be the one to clear the things.
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Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
understanding will arise from your own practice; it is not something that is given to you by somebody else. It can only arise from your own practice. People in India at that time really like theory and different teachers had different theories and people were inclined to think that you can be liberated by the theory. But the Buddha always said you can only be liberated by your practice. The Buddha gave some pointers and some way of pushing his disciples a little bit… "Why don't you look in this direction instead of always looking in that direction?" But it is up to the disciples to look in the direction the Buddha is pointing and to experience for themselves that direction.
In Buddhism we don't talk about the creation of the world we talk about the making of the world. "Sam" means coming together and "udaya" means arising, so that different things arising together make something and the world here can mean, well…. “What is the world made of?” The world is made of five skandhas: our body, our feelings, our perception (that is, our way of perceiving and naming things), and our mental formations and consciousness. That is what is meant by ‘the world’ here, because perceptions include everything that is around us, everything that we perceive, so the whole world is contained in the five skandhas. Body, feelings, perceptions, mental formations (emotions and thinking), and consciousness. That is the world.
So please understand that when we study sutras about emptiness or about no self, it is something that has to be practiced in our sangha and in our interactions with each other. It is not just an idea we have in our head about philosophy.在開始聽禪師開示的時候，心裡總是想，我都知道了。知道太多，反而是障礙。回來看了很多關於梅村的文章，也看到關於法印法師的，他就是常被囑咐不要說太多理論上的。
Yoga brings balance and that isn’t really a choice, it is what occurs naturally as you persist and practice.
In my practice now, I choose these barometers: How present am I? How connected with my breath am I? How focused my mind is in ‘what is’, rather than ‘what could be’? Am I focused on a target or am I focused here? If I were to put all of these barometers away and give you one that incorporates all, it would be: how much expansion I am feeling? The more you feel expansion the more it indicates that you’re in the present, truthfully listening to your body, breathing comfortably, noticing all the inner openings taking place every millisecond. In that relaxed state of being, when you let go of trying to improve upon yourself, life improves you and, it does that in ways your mind couldn’t possibly understand. Trusting life more than trusting the mind is a sweet fruit that results from regular practice!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Most experts tend to agree with Julie Gudmestad, Yoga Journal's anatomy columnist and a physical therapist, who says the hips play a key role in proper sitting. "In order to sit comfortably, you need a lot of external rotation in your hips," she says; lack of external rotation prevents your knees from releasing down toward the floor. If rotation in your hip joints is limited, says Gudmestad, then your body will accommodate your attempt to rotate by moving at the next available joint. Unfortunately that joint is the knee, which is much less stable than the hip. The knee's main job is to flex and extend; it has no business twisting. When you externally rotate the leg at the knee instead of the hip joint, knee pain often results. And as any yoga teacher will tell you, knee pain is never a good thing: If your knee hurts in any cross-legged position, choose another way to sit.
Island of the self每天就是練習這歌，不單是唱，而是體會。
Breathing in I go back to the island within myself.
There are beautiful trees within the island, there are clear streams of water, there are birds, sunshine and fresh air, breathing out I feel safe
I enjoy going back to my island.
Friday, December 10, 2010
even when we had those moments in the past we didn’t really value them at the time, because in the past we were not able to live in the present moment. We were always running after the future, and now if we were taken back to the past, we would do the same. At that time life was more beautiful, the sun was brighter, the moon was brighter--those are words from a French song. There are people who pursue the past, not because they think the past was beautiful, but because the past has made them suffer, the past was a trauma, a heavy wound for them. We have suffered, we have been wounded, we have died in the past, and those heavy wounds are calling us back to the past, crying, "Come back here, come back to the past. I am the subject, you cannot escape me." That is what the past says to us. We are like sheep running back to the past, to enclose us, to imprison us, to make us suffer. The past is also a very great prison. We hear the words of the past, and we run back to the past, we refuse to live our life in the present moment, we are always going back to the past. So the Buddha says, "Don’t pursue the past."每次的離開，都是感覺到不能再待在那裡了。現在回想，每一次都是好的決定。
We invite each child to sit up straight and relaxed and place four pebbles on the ground next to him or her. We invite three sounds of the bell. Then we invite each child to pick up the first pebble and say:這就是在公開講座所聽的四塊小石。
Breathing in, I see myself as a flower. Breathing out, I feel fresh. Flower, fresh (3 breaths)
The keywords we continue to practice silently are “flower, fresh” and we breathe together quietly for three in and out breaths, really being a flower and becoming fresh. The next three pebbles are:
Breathing in I see myself as a mountain, breathing out, I feel solid. Mountain, solid. (3 breaths)
Breathing in I see myself as still, clear water, breathing out, I reflect things as they really are. Clear water, reflecting. (3 breaths)
Breathing in I see myself as space, breathing out, I feel free. Space, free. (3 breaths)
End with three sounds of the bell. (Children are very capable of guiding this meditation for other children. They really enjoy inviting the bell for each other).
Of course, with our fleshly eyes we need light, we need the removal of obstacles in order for us to see things. We can see stars, we can see flowers, the moon, we can see the trees. We can see the faces of children and adults, and we can enjoy a lot by just using our fleshly eyes; but if we do not know how to use our fleshly eyes, we suffer. We have eyes, but it is as if we don't have eyes at all. We have never looked deeply into the blue sky and smiled to it. Maybe we have already lived thirty years, forty years, but we have never had a chance to look into the blue of the sky and smiled to it. We have not made good use of our fleshly eyes because we do not know how to live in the here and the now, and we allow our fleshly eyes to be caught in the objects of our desire. We imagine a lot. We think these objects constitute our true happiness, and in fact they are only illusions. They are only the causes of our despair and suffering. We are fooled by these sights, these sounds, these odors, these touches and therefore we have not cleansed our fleshly eyes. For a good member of the Sangha, for a Transformation body of the Buddha, we should know how to cleanse, how to purify, to make the best use of our fleshly eyes for the suffering to be diminished and for our happiness to increase.
There are many things here in the Sangha of Plum Village that just happened very naturally, without any effort. Like eating vegetarian. We don't think that any of us here has to make any special effort to be vegetarian. We just follow the vegetarian diet in a very natural and pleasant way. No one thinks that we are eating only vegetarian, and we enjoy it. All year round we forget that we are vegetarian, and that is why we are truly called vegetarian, because we don't think, we don't have the concept of vegetarian. But if you eat vegetarian and you still remember, "I am following a diet," then you are not really a vegetarian.在營裡吃飯，就是這樣的啊！早起也是一樣，很自然就起來了。
Within yoga, self-reflection is called svadhyaya: "study" (adhyaya) of the "self" (sva). As one of the eight limbs of Patanjali's ashtanga yoga described in the Yoga Sutra, this practice of self-study refers to both the understanding of the Self through the study of sacred texts as well as the skill of self-observation that leads to yoga or unification.Source: Yoga Journal Daily Insight
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The one who is asking, the one who is praying, is the starting point. That person has to see things clearly enough, has to be calm and serene enough, to ask for help; and first of all he or she should be truly there, concentrated, with a desire, an intention. This is the basic condition for the effectiveness of prayer. The one who prays should be truly there, established in the here and now, having a very clear intention, a very clear desire as to whom he or she will pray, and for whom he or she will pray. If the one who prays can put himself or herself in that situation, much has already been done. That person already has begun to generate the energy of prayer, because he or she is truly present in the here and now with concentration, with mindfulness and intention. If that does not happen, well, nothing will happen.
- 心識 / mental formation / 心行
- make the mind happy / 心悅 / 正精進
- concentration on those we want to transform
- object 法
- relate to 時，事物
- someone, something
- relate to 無常的修習
- observe 貪念
- 減 （無生）cooling down
- 放下， 本来就是日常用語
- 禪修的題目：where the cloud come from
- 表 manifestation
- e.g. H2O, can be in many forms, like cloud, ice
- to be, not to be , not a question
- little flame outside of the box, due to oxgyen
- 是顯現， 不是出生， not to make, not to destroy
- flower comes from non-flower elements
- littel flame experiment
- question: same or different of the 2 little flames
- 空 emptiness
- 無作 / to remove 貪念， 欲望
- not to find
- to wake up, able to see Budda is within already
From the ultimate point of view, the ego doesn't actually exist. Buddhist and Vedantic teachers are fond of saying that the ego is like the blue of the sky, or the apparent puddle in the middle of a desert-dry highway. It's an optical illusion, a simple mistake in the way we identify ourselves. That's why fighting your ego is like boxing with your reflection in the mirror, or trying to rid yourself of something you don't have.Source: Yoga Journal Daily Insight
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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Your Love is Growing
Your love is deepening, evolving, and spreading. For you, love isn't what it used to be.
You haven't had the most love in your past, but you're starting to change that.
You are opening yourself up to more love in your life, and as a result, your love is starting to blossom.
You might not find it easy to love yet, but you're definitely getting there.
You Are Poetic
You see beauty, colors, and inspiration where other people see nothing.
You are a gentle and sensitive soul that craves love and understanding.
You take pride in your interesting ideas, and you feel wounded if others challenge you too fiercely.
You feel most comfortable in places where you know everyone. It's likely you are still in touch with your childhood friends.
You Fascinating and Truthful
You are a responsible person who enjoys taking care of others.
You believe in honest work and taking on commitments. You have a good character.
And while you are very trustworthy, you are by no means boring and dull.
You are bright, quick, and witty. You are a nonconformist who always has something interesting to say.
You Are a Traditionalist
You aren't impressed by anything that's too modern. You go for whatever is classic.
Some may call you a bit old school, but you know that old school eventually becomes new school!
You are together and quite successful. You know how to excel in every aspect of your life.
People envy your style and grace. They don't see all the hard work behind what you do.
我相信不少現代人都會認同這種「零和」（Zero Sum）邏輯，但那是真的嗎？德國社會學大師韋伯（Max Weber）在其名著《新教倫理與資本主義精神》中，曾經提出過一個有趣的例子，指出在現代資本主義出現之前，農民大概只會就着他的所需，對土地投入適量的勞力，不會為了利益的最大化而不斷投入資源。滿足了基本所需後，農民大概只會休息，而非用盡自己的時間，追求最多的利潤。美國文化人類學家薩林斯（Marshell Sahlins）甚至說：「初民社會是豐裕的」，而人類之所以對土地投入勞力以獲取最高產量，並不是因為資源匱乏，而是因為欲望的增生。其實，在追求什麼呢？朋友在短短三天中飛來飛去，第一句說的就是累。破壞了環境，又累，得到的是什麼呢？
Thursday, December 2, 2010
In these 2 days, legs gave me alot of messages regarding the improper alignment. Even standing there is alot to adjust. This is another cycle to do the re-alignment. This is a non-stop process, just like we need to drink, eat and sleep daily.
One thing I am not sure is whether the body is getting stronger or in the opposite side.
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