If I have a Special Power

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A friend asked me what I would like to have if I can choose any special power.  Anything at all.  Here’s what I would like to have:

I would like to be able to just snap my finger and have all sentient beings be completely, perfectly free from suffering, to be perfectly awaken, to be perfect, to be Buddha!

But alas!  No one can make others enlightened.  We must work on our own liberation, we must do the cultivation ourselves.  Enlightenment is not granted or or conferred.  It is not given.  It is through our own humanly possible effort that we work on shortcomings, flaws, faults, defilements and agitations in the mind.  To work on the habitual tendencies that compels us to repeat our mistakes.

Until one day, we cut the fetters that bind us.

That may seem bleak to some, that no one is there to save us, that we have to do it ourselves.  The good news is that we are not alone in doing this.  We have the teachings of the Buddha as our guide and instruction manual if you will.  What it means is that we are responsible for our happiness and no one else.  It also means that we are in charge and do not have to submit to someone else’s whims and fancy, to placate or please, to cajole or beg for liberation.

Two weeks from now, we celebrate Vesak in Singapore.  We celebrate this conquering of suffering through humanly possible effort.  We celebrate this potential, this Buddha nature, that is in all of us, in every sentient being, regardless of our race, language or religion.  Or for that matter, species.

May all beings be free from fear, free from harm,
May all be well and happy!

PS: So my friend, what super power would you like to have? 😉

Reference

Dhammapada XX: Maggavagga 275 – 276

275. Walking upon this path you will make an end of suffering. Having discovered how to pull out the thorn of lust, I make known the path.

276. You yourselves must strive; the Buddhas only point the way. Those meditative ones who tread the path are released from the bonds of Mara.

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

 

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)

To Repair or To Get a New One
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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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What to do in a sinking ship?

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.

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