There is no independent, permanent, unchanging “I” or “You” or “Ven. Chuan Guan”, but our existence in the various roles that we play. That exist.
No One Role Defines Us
Given conditions, “you” exist, and as a son or daughter wrt to your parents, as a niece or newphew to your uncle and aunts, as a friend to your peers, as a colleague at work etc. These roles collectively is who you are, yet none of it totally define you.
Sometimes we forget and overemphasis one over the other, or totally neglect this or that role. Other times, we forget to stop playing certain roles even when that role is no longer needed or relevant. It is almost like the music that continues to play in our mind even when we stop listening to it. We continue to play some roles even when the conditions and situations have changed. Continue reading Who am I – The Buddha’s Teachings on No-Self
It’s been a great year! Thanks for being a part of it.
Reflect over the year … no matter how great it was, it was possible only through the kind help and support of many others. Be Thankful and Grateful.
No matter how lousy some days were, we survived it. There are many others who did not. Be Strong!
No matter how we are sometimes impatient and lose our temper, we can and should try again … and again. Have more patience and compassion for others, but even more so, have patience and compassion with ourselves!
Join me in changing the world in 2015 … … starting with ourselves!
May all be safe, healthy and peaceful,
may all be guided and protected by the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha in the new year! 阿彌陀佛！
来，与我—起在2015年改變這世界 。。。 。。。从我们自身做起!
Some people tell me about how the company they are in is going south, or worse yet, not going anywhere. The seeming obvious decision is just to leave.
Others who are volunteering in societies or organisations sometimes feel that way too. And all too often, they leave feeling lost, burnt out, or even betrayed.
So they leave, or jump ship.
Continue reading What to do in a sinking ship?
Today, take a few minutes to sit quietly … … and be thankful that you get to do it. ^_^
Heard a fellow monk said “(I’m) not eating. Eat when one is hungry, why eat when one is not hungry? ”
Simple and straight to the point! Continue reading Eat to Live, Live to Eat, or Eat to … … ?
Often times, people struggle with the precept (training rule) of “Abstaining from Lying”.
“I am trying to protect others and their feelings”, they say. “That’s considered a white lie right?”
The kind of scenarios that is often brought up involves saving people’s life from hunters, burglars etc (or terrorists in today’s context?), but in our day to day interaction, how many of us really have to face a gun or knife wielding person? Continue reading Honesty is the Best Policy: In Life and in Business