Who am I – The Buddha’s Teachings on No-Self

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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

Year End Reflections 年末思旅

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!


 

过去的—年很美好!感谢您与我—同渡过。

回憶回憶 。。。
无论多么美好,也离不开他人的鼎力支持与协助。
致以由衷的谢意,感恩!

无论经历怎样的艰难困苦,我们不是—样挺过来了!然而不少人却没有这样的福气!让我们坚强如初吧!

无论有时多么沒耐心或发脾气,我们都可以也应该反复不断地努力克服。对他人充满耐心和慈悲,对我们自己更应如此。

来,与我—起在2015年改變這世界 。。。 。。。从我们自身做起!
祝愿大家,安康详和!
祝愿大家,得到佛法僧三寶的指引和庇祐!
阿弥陀佛!

(Susanna 譯)

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Honesty is the Best Policy: In Life and in Business

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

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