What Wisdom is Not

 

Had an interesting chat today with  Elvin​ Seah after lunch. He mentioned that there was someone who claims to have wisdom so high that he can suppress 压 all the Buddhist monastics in Singapore.

Here are some thoughts.

Wisdom is not for suppressing others. It is for liberating oneself and others, from wrong views, from ignorance, from agitations in our mind, from grief, from pain, from worry, from fear, from suffering.

Whatever above said person has which is so high that he can suppress others, that cannot be wisdom.

阿弥陀佛。

Heart Sutra workshop 2015 @ KMSPKS

Heart Sutra workshop @ Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

Conducted in Mandarin
(an English Heart Sutra class will be conducted in Aug / Sep onwards. )
Starting 3 May 2015 – 17 July 2015 (10 lessons)

What is the meaning of the Heart Sutra?  The shortest sutra at 260 characters, is also the most commonly recited sutra in Chinese Mahayana Buddhism.

What lies within this Sutra?  Emptiness … does it mean nothingness?

Come, learn, share and discover together!

Giving Thanks to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

 

Thanks Iris tan, for the question on the four gratitudes in Buddhism.

The four groups to whom one should have gratitude are
一、父母恩。Gratitude towards one’s parents
二、众生恩。Gratitude towards sentient beings
三、国王恩/国家恩(国土恩)。Gratitude towards one’s nation/motherland/ruler
四、三宝恩 (佛、法、僧) Gratitude towards the Triple Gem, namely the Buddha, his teachings, the Dharma, and the Sangha, the community of monks and nuns and the enlightened ones.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew, is our founding prime minister, and is deserving of our respect and gratitude as founding father of our nation, under the third category of gratitude.

Emotions run high this week (23 Mar to 29 Mar 2015), and it is understandable that some may adorn him with high praise, and sometimes perhaps overdo it.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew has done much for Singapore, and from the out-pour of appreciations from other nations, we can see that he has also left a positive indelible mark in people’s life in lands far and near.

He does not need over-adornment or more accolades to make him a greater man.

He is great as he is.

As the PM, Mr Lee Hsien Loong has said in his eulogy, if anyone seeks Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s monument, we can reply proudly: ‘look around you’ “.

Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Wherever you are,
may you continue to be of help and benefit to others.
may you find peace, joy and rest.

References

 

A Vietnamese nun lives out her dream to help the destitute in India

Sadhu!  Sadhu!  Sadhu!  ^_^

An amazing Buddhist nun, Venerable Tri Thuan, who left Vietnam for the US in 1971, and in 1985 left the United States and went to France to study Buddhism under her Vietnamese master, the late Most Venerable Thich Huyen VI.

In 1989, under the advice of her late master, headed for India and has been there ever since and made India the base of her humanitarian work.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/People/2015/03/06/A-Vietnamese-nun-lives-out-her-dream-to-help-the-destitute-in-India/

To Repair or To Get a New One – Of Monitors, Things and Relationships

Yesterday, I went on a mini-quest with my long time friend Yong Hee​ to fix a flickering LCD monitor. ;)

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A quick trip to SIM LIM Tower got us the components.

Total component costs: S$6.50 (inclusive of spares)

If we do not repair it, it may just be sent to the dump. This will put an end to all the resources, manpower and energy put in to manufacturing the monitor. By replacing the 6 capacitors, the monitor’s useful lifespan has been extended by say another 2 – 4 years. With the spare caps, we estimate that it will continue to be useful until the CFL die out. ^_^ (y)

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