Monday, January 31, 2011
We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment."回想，什麼事情也不太出力，可出過力。記起老師的話，他說我什麼都好似沒有完成似的。是啊！可已經很快樂。
To live passionately is to live with a sense of purpose, to engage in activities that you care about, that help you feel “in the zone”--that is, when you say to yourself, “I was so engrossed I don't know where the time went.” It may be times when you feel a sense of great joy, awe, or inspiration or at one with the people or circumstances of the moment, such as being in nature. It could be when you engage in an activity where you feel you are making a difference--big or small.
Passion is an expression of aliveness and giving of self. To be passionate is to be ruled by intense emotions or feelings, such as boundless enthusiasm, excitement, joy, or love. But passion can also be expressed as anger, envy, or even violence. Whether positive or negative, the extremes of our passions can “rule” our lives, leaving us feeling out of sync, out of control, or even imprisoned.
To live a vibrant and fulfilling life, it's important to explore what you truly care about, what gives your life meaning, and how you want to be remembered at the end of your life--the legacy you leave behind.
When you examine your life experiences, lessons learned, and the best of your gifts and skills, you can discover what you are called to do.2 Jan 10
Friend S talked about passion and I found this passage. If he can understand, he can live better.
The practice of mindfulness should not be tiring but rather, it should be energizing. But when we recognize that we are tired, we should find every means possible to rest. Ask for help from the Sangha. Practicing with a tired body and mind does not help; it can cause more problems.
Not thinking and not doing anything is an art of resting and healing.回想，在營裡累了就沒有參與其中一項活動，是一個好選擇。自己的不集中，會影響其他人的。
Sunday, January 30, 2011
If you practice correctly, you will see results right away.正正得正，正負得負。就這麼簡單。
The first is “Entering Into the Stream” – the first step of your practice. Only you can judge if you are here. It’s like getting onto the train. Do you have one foot in, and one foot out or are you on the train and in your seat? Or, are you “moving in the direction of the stream” – on the way to the train station. If you arrive, you know you have arrived.Thay 的舉例，真的沒有話說。
It is important to remember that any powerful tool, including yoga itself, is a double-edged sword (like a surgeon’s scalpel). If used carelessly, it can cause injury. This is also true of facilitated stretching. The key to using techniques like this is to apply them slowly and with care.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
When the pelvis tilts back, the lumbar vertebrae flex forward. What this means is that if the hamstrings are tight and we bend forward in Uttanasana, more of the flexion comes from the lumbar spine. This is not optimal, as it can strain the ligaments that surround the vertebral bodies and also exacerbate bulging of the intervertebral disks. Accordingly, lengthening the hamstrings can be key to safely practicing forward bends.
Monday, January 24, 2011
First time to feel uneasy for both sides of the neck. What I could observe in the class which the outlook was abit liked the instructor (not teacher, instructor first learnt yoga in his 25 years old and he is a dancer as well). I was standing behind him and could compare through the mirror. Yes, I compared and it was done with purpose as I found the pose of warrior I & II were so ugly (I felt that).
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
In the process of practicing we discover that the neutral feelings are very interesting. As when we sit, there is a sensation that is neutral. When we bring mindfulness to the neutral feeling, you find that it is quite nice. You see that you already have enough conditions for happiness with a neutral feeling. If you look deeply at the neutral feeling you see that it is wonderful. When you see your feelings passing by like a river, you see that 80% of your neutral feelings are quite pleasant. With mindfulness, our neutral feeling is transformed into happiness.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
In Uttanasana, firmly press the feet into the mat and then gently attempt to drag them apart (without actually allowing them to move). This is a cue to activate the TFL and gluteus medius. These muscles then pull on the iliac bones and free the sacroiliac joints, allowing that extra millimeter of forward bend from nutation.試了。
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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Saturday, January 15, 2011
'Mindfulness' means to recollect something, to hold it in our heart day and night.
Mindfulness must be continuous and uninterrupted; and continuous mindfulness brings concentration.
Buddhism can go hand in hand with science. 'Science' here means the spirit of scientific inquiry, the willingness to let go of old views in order to embrace new ones that are closer to reality. Modern science has gone far beyond traditional science, especially in the area of quantum physics. Is what I took for science in the past still science today? Mind and matter are just two manifestations of one reality. They contain one another and depend on one another to manifest. Modern science is putting all its energy into overcoming dualistic ways of thinking – about mind and matter, inside and outside, subject and object, space and time, mass and speed, and so on. If I am still caught in my anger, anxiety, craving and discrimination, then my mind cannot be collected and concentrated enough to see the truth. No matter how sophisticated the instruments are that I use, behind all that technology there is still the mind that observes.
You have to release everything you have encountered before, everything you have previously taken to be the truth. As long as you believe you already hold the truth in your hand, the door to your mind is closed. Even if the truth comes knocking, you will not be able to receive it. Present knowledge is an obstacle. Buddhism demands freedom. Freedom of thought is the basic condition for progress. It is the true spirit of science. It is precisely in that space of freedom that the flower of wisdom can bloom.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
In the depth of this awareness, we can see the terms of our true responsibility (our ability to respond) as naturally calling for complete openness.
In heart-to-heart exchanges, a listener’s responses can give the speaker an experience of being heard, which can in and of itself be healing. This is an art, calling for slowing down and being calm, open, accepting, nonjudgmental, and truthful.
There are 16 steps. I still in the first two :)
There are 16 steps. I still in the first two :)
The first eight have the two broad categories of body and feelings.
nirvana and reflects that this is the most wonderful exercise. We can contemplate our true nature. No birth. No death. No coming. No going. That is nirvana. The highest point in Buddhist teaching.nirvana = 涅槃
Other mental formations only come when you invite them. For example, Mindfulness. You want to do walking meditation, sitting meditation, etc. Mindfulness is the core of the practice. When you are not present, you are in forgetfulness. Mindfulness means you are present. How? Bring your mind back to your body and then you can see things around you. In breath. Out breath. Breath is a tool for Mindfulness.
Mindfulness, concentration, and insight are “particular” mental formations because we must call them. By creating new habits and new neuropathways through mindfulness, concentration, and insight.這個，很容易忘記的。
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
In order to take refuge, you have to produce the energy of concentration, mindfulness, and insight. Then you are protected by the energy of the Three Jewels. When we practice “I come back to the island of myself, to take refuge in myself,” we have to practice breathing in such a way that we produce the energy of mindfulness, concentration,團（專心的人在一起），能量很強的。高興的是，可隨時跟他們一起。
and insight. When we practice like that, we produce the energy of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and then we really are protected by the Three Jewels. As members of the Order of Interbeing, our practice must be solid, so that whenever we have difficulties, we know what to do to get back our equanimity, our balance, our freedom, our solidity. One of the methods is taking refuge in the Three Jewels.
You only teach what you yourself practice.
But because we don’t have the capacity to receive, we let down the person who gives. We are not kind to the person who gives when we don’t receive the gift. So learning is a matter of receiving. We have to be there to receive, to learn. When we have received we can continue the ancestral line.
“You can’t think your way into right action, but you can act your way into right thinking.”有些人會覺得我某天的決定是隨便的，可我的想法是，反正都是依從這路走，有一個難得的機會，當然自然地做了。如果當天沒有下這決定，現在更加是坐立不安。
People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don't suffer anymore.事實，隨時改變（不是發生了的有所改變，而是因應時序而顯現不同）。那麼，還需要執著？？！！
Ultimately right view is the absence of any view. It’s only a matter of whether we're clear or not clear. It’s not a matter of good or bad, of judging, punishing, or even statistics. Those are all just views, ways of looking at the world.
What is it we're so busy with, exactly? For many of us, it's working to pay for the fancy diploma, the new car, the bigger house, the exotic vacation. When we take time for relaxation and meditation, and turn off the constant drumbeat of advertising we've been inviting into our home, we find we actually need very little to be happy. We already have so many conditions for happiness that cost us nothing at all. Just take our eyes, for example. Our eyes are miraculous; they are like a pair of jewels. We only need to open them to see the blue sky, fluffy white clouds, beautiful flowers, the faces of our loved ones. Or our ears: anytime we like, we can take in the sounds of inspiring music, of bird songs, of a burbling stream, of the wind whistling through pine trees. These are wonders of life, accessible to us at any moment through our eyes and ears. Our body's still healthy, our legs are healthy, and these are wonders in our very own body.
Can we find fulfillment in these costless joys and live more simply, so we have time to listen deeply to those close to us or write a letter to our Senator? When we wake up, when we become more aware of what's going on, and see what we really need to do (and not do), this easily can bring major changes to our personal lives and also to our entire society. In fact, I don't know what else can.
We can learn a lot from the past. We have to re-examine the past and learn from it. But that does not mean that we are imprisoned by the past. Those two things have nothing to do with each other.越看越有意思。
It is because we establish our body and mind stably in the present moment that we have the capacity to learn from the past. Otherwise we just dream about the past, or we are haunted by the past. The future is the same way.
The future is made up of only one substance, and that is the present. If you know how to take care of the present with all your heart, you are doing everything you can for the future. Thinking and dreaming about the future does not take a long time — you don’t need twenty-four hours to dream about it! You only need one or two minutes, and that’s fine.這，說得真美妙。
Saturday, January 8, 2011
You Paint the World with Calming Colors
You are a true friend. You are very dependable.
Your friends can always count on you to be competent. You are good at anything you do.
You are a truly successful person ... though sometimes it's hard for you to appreciate your success.
You are quite cautious and conservative. You like to weigh risks carefully.
You Are Intelligent
You are a very stubborn and headstrong person. You know you are capable, and you never doubt your decisions.
You resent authority and being told what to do. In most cases you know best anyway.
You are constantly underestimated and misunderstood in your life. People don't understand how great you are.
You don't mind if your greatness goes unrecognized though. You know your own value, and that's good enough for you!
You Try to Tread Lightly
You would like to make the world a better place, but you also don't want to inflict any damage on it.
You try to live a green and sustainable life. The environment matters deeply to you.
You are thoughtful in your decisions and words. You think everyone should try harder not to harm one another.
You don't think big... in fact, you tend to think small. You know that one small action can make a big difference.
Thay said, “What you spoke was not the truth. Truth is something that has the capacity to reconcile, to give people hope, to give people happiness. That is truth! When you speak and it causes damage, even though it may be correct, it is not truth.”這，是我需要的。
If we do not have happiness within ourselves, if we do not have peace within ourselves, whatever we do is only a reaction. Action is based on joy and happiness; reaction is based on suffering and pain.原來大弟子也曾經有我所想的。有所懷疑，就繼續修習。
The Buddha proposed the practice of right thinking. During sitting meditation or during the time of working, thoughts like that might arise, but you don’t allow yourself to be the victim of negative thoughts. You just allow them to come and you recognize them. This is a thought, and this thought is just a thought; it’s not reality. Later on you might write it down on a piece of paper, and you have a look at it. When you are capable of recognizing your thought, you are no longer a victim of it. You are yourself, even if these thoughts are negative.好怕，一些人說來說去也不知道要怎樣的。可，不能這樣，繼續修習。
This is a statement about interbeing. If you are not there, I cannot be here.在，什麼也不用再說了，已經是最好。
You Are Realistic
You see the world as it is. You are don't get too caught up in idealism.
You are more of a doer than a dreamer. And there's always something important at the top of your to-do list!
You are a hard worker, and you enjoy being productive. You especially like working with your hands.
You highly skilled in at least a few technical areas. You enjoy improving what you know how to do.
So you have the chance to correct the past; this is wonderful. We say that the past is already gone, but the past is always returning with its new manifestations, and with those manifestations we can correct it.不做不好的，就是改了。在這裡，寫了很多次。這方法，簡單，好用。
If you have said something that’s not worthy of you, say something else today, and that will transform everything. Do something different today based on right view and transform the whole situation. That is possible.
改不到嗎？看看有沒有right view 了。
Just like any scientific field, Buddhism needs to take steps. When we cannot take the first step and the second step, it’s very difficult for us to take further steps. That is why we should not hurry too much or be pulled away by the theoretical realm. We need to grasp the basic practices first.
When we have enough peace in the body and the mind, we have the capacity to listen. Then we can take care of more difficult situations. In us there are certain preconceptions that we have accumulated from the past. When we listen to something new, we have a tendency to fight against it. Maybe there’s this structure inside us when we first listen to a teaching. That is why the Buddha taught us how to break through these views, whatever we learned yesterday. If we cannot let go of what we studied in the past, we cannot go on to the next step. If you don’t let go of the fifth step, you cannot take the sixth step. If you want to go to the seventh step, you have to let go of the sixth step.
We don’t want to waste time saying that this practice is better than other practices.遇到了，很美妙。
Whatever practice we do, we want to reach the fruits of that practice — freshness, happiness, calmness. There is peace and happiness right away, and we don’t have to wait until three, four months later or three, four years later to taste that fruit. It’s the same way in the practice of evoking the name of the Buddha. We invoke the name of the Buddha in such a way that there is peace and happiness right in the moment while invoking the name. If we feel fear or anxiety, it is not in the spirit of the teachings of the Buddha. So that’s what it means, dwelling peacefully and happily in the present moment.
When the body and mind are relaxed, we have the capacity to listen to the other person and to speak gentle words. Then we can re-establish communication between us. The other person may be our spouse, our partner, our daughter or our son, our friend, or our parents. That practice is deep listening and loving speech. If there is no peace in the body and the mind, we cannot practice loving speech and deep listening. When we are able to practice deep listening and loving speech, we can help the other person to suffer less. Joy can be re-established in the family.
Friday, January 7, 2011
“To practice Buddhism as a monk is always easier than to practice as a layperson. In Vietnam we say, ‘To practice as a monk is easiest; to practice as a layperson is much more difficult.’ To practice not to have a sexual relationship is much easier than to maintain practice in a relationship, because in order to maintain mindfulness, concentration, and insight in a sexual relationship you need a lot of practice.”曾這樣想過，是一致的。
Thursday, January 6, 2011
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Saturday, January 1, 2011
Event: September 12, 2010. 113-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.
- mindful breathing can help us to handle strong emotion
- know what to do and know what not to do
- practise 3 weeks, become a habit
- mental formation, manifest
- watering the good seeds
- freedom is the foundation of happiness
- freedom from craving