Afghanistan’s giant Buddhas rise again with 3D light projection

When ancient civilisations go to war, they often sack the city and destroy the capital. With it, often also goes the main city shrine or temple. In some ways, this is an early form of psychological warfare, to destroy the opposing troops’ morale.
How so? By destroying the main shrine, it is a challenge or evidence that either they are no longer in the favour of the divinity or god(s) or that the god(s) they worship is not all powerful or as powerful as the invading army.
In the context of such a belief, one can imagine how traumatising it is for one’s shrine or temple to be destroyed.
How about Buddhism? Is it the same? Did the Buddha make claims of being all powerful?
The simple answer is no. The Buddha did not make any such claims.
Instead, the Buddha taught us as he observed it, that all conditioned phenomena are impermanent, subject to change, are inconstant, not eternal or everlasting, including whatever shrine, temple, mountain, or for that matter, the whole universe.
So ironically, when the Buddha statues were destroyed fourteen years ago, the very teachings of the Buddha was illustrated and brought alive!
Sabbe Sankhara aniccati!
All conditioned phenomena are impermanent! 🙂

Is Buddhism too “chim” (deep)?

So yesterday, a student commented on a group chat that a sutta that was shared is “too chim”, meaning too deep and profound in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect.

Here are some thoughts.

Better for us to ask question and seek clarifications than to simply label the Dharma as “too chim”.

By doing the latter, it discourages others from learning and can potentially cause others to switch off. While these are not our intended results, it can still happen. Let us apply mindfulness in our speech. Mindfulness is not just in the sitting or in the temple, but in our body, speech and mind.

So, is the Dharma “too chim”?

There was once a Buddhist school that wanted to put up a wall display that shows the Buddha’s teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. After a few revisions, the school staff commented to us that it may not be easy for the kids to understand by simply reading it.

This is what I told them.

We give children SIX years to learn what they need to learn in primary school. And after that six years, they only know rudimentary English, 2nd language, maths and science. SIX years of full time studies.

Why do we expect the Noble Eightfold Path to be instantly understandable in eight panels on the wall when it is the way to solve suffering altogether?

The Dharma is indeed “chim”, deep and profound, because we human are so so complex, but not too “chim” that we cannot comprehend it through humanly possible effort. 🙂


Birthday Wishes

So last month, my best friend asked me to share my birthday wishes.  This is what I shared.

Best Friend Moi
Whats your birthday wishlist
I dun really have much of a birthday wish … ‘cos it was not a thing for us at home in the past … to celebrate our birthdays
Ah so cute
So honestly if you ask me
So how do y’all sleeve your birthday?
Today if you ask me
If there is something that can really come true
from my birthday wish
If there is no limit to it
I would wish for all beings to be completely free of defilements and suffering
Knowing that my birthday wish may have limited power
I would then wish for all beings to be at least free of suffering for one day
It might misfired to be materialized for all beings from some other planet
But perhaps that may still be a lil bit of a stretch
😍 THAT WOULD BRING ME MUCH JOY ❤ (misfiring to be materialised for all beings from some other planet)
I would wish for all beings to cease any harmful actions … even if just for one day
Imagine for a day, where all guns cease to fire
😭 Where all knives do not meet the throat of trembling beings
Somewhere kalpas later you see that the seeds were already rooting now
Where claws and fangs do not sink into the flesh of another
Where perhaps, even hurtful words are not uttered
Where people live free of fear and anxiety nod nod
Only the joyful melody of truth is heard
And beings have thoughts of care and love for all their eyes met
Joyful melody of truth (((:
With their heart at ease and in contentment with each moment,
no longing, wanting or craving arising
It can begin with today
This moment
All complete and whole and at the same time, beyond complete and whole, where complete and whole do not exist either.
For if there is still complete and whole, then there is incompleteness and non-whole-ness