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Journey to Infinity 恆常之道

Journey to Infinity 恆常之道

You are reading my writings, because like many others, seeking for something to fulfill your life, others may simply being curiosity about Buddhism, why? the answer is quiet obvious, there is something missing in life. The “something” you can’t really put your finger on it, and the thirst for answers.

In the past, the Buddhism from the East, to Westerners is somewhat mystic and difficult to understand, but during recent decades, with introductions of meditation, yoga, and English teachings of Buddhism, people are begin to entering into the stream in great numbers.

The reason that Buddhism being well accepted is because it is not a religion, Buddhism directly pointing to the truth of reality, cognizing with scientific and spirituality, one doesn’t have to be a Buddhist to practice Buddhism, it is not worshiping of a higher entity, it’s an education to understand the true nature of reality; the cause and effect, that creates the spiritual consequences of Karma, which generated from our body, speech and mind.

Simply put, good karma brings good rebirth in a more enjoyable conditions, negative karma lead to lower level form of rebirth, in a less desirable conditions. Therefore, purification of our body, speech and mind is the key.

Variouse level of karma lead us to various levels of enjoyable life, and life of sufferings, suffering vexation and agony in life. The Buddha called this as spiritual illness, He laid out the prescriptions of the Four Noble Truths and Eight fold Path. Properly followed and practice, one will be healed, life will become more joyful.

Often, someone will ask me…How well is my practice? What level am I on the Path? I tell you a simple way to get your own answer; Ask yourself; am I happier now than before practicing Buddhism? do I have more or less worries than before? do I get upset more or less than before? Do understand people and situations better now compared to before learning Buddhism?

If you are more calm and happier than before, you are making good progress, if you seemed to get upset and agitated more, you need to study the Dharma more; in detail explanations, and do extra meditations.

Remember, it has taking a long time for us to get to this point in life, we are talking about the Karma accumulated over many of our lifetimes, so to purifying will take some time too.

No need to be anxious about the practice, just practice mindfulness of your actions, speech, and thoughts, being consciously aware of all that above in a moment-by-moment, here-and -now, day-by-day.

Always think about impermanent of the nature of reality, when thing going well, you know it’s not permanent, when things going terrible, you know it’s mot permanent either. And there’s no absolute good or bad on everything and people, it all depends on where you stand, and how you view it.

Only with clear un-contaminated mind, can we see the true reality of nature, it is none judgmental, none differentiation, equanimity and peace . Only with this pure mind, can we have the capacity of universal love and compassion, to love even the unlovable, to forgive those who transgressed against us.

Om Mani Padme Hum!

Command Presence 當下的覺醒

Command Presence 當下的覺醒

Generally, our mind is scattered everywhere, like the speed of light, this tendency is due to lack of awareness of our “Self”, another words, the ” true self” has left us, and you are not even aware of.

For example; you are having conversation with someone, and during the conversation of an event or topic, they suddenly they started to talk something totally unrelated, leaving you scratching your head!?

Buddhism practice is to develop a stable mind, therefore, training the mind is the most important practice. The mind training practice actually is quite simple, we just have to practice to focus the mind, the tendency to have our mind leaving us is very high, like a wild horse, we have to train it, tame it, . So put a leash on your mind, don’t let it run off from you. Make this “wild horse” tame and controllable, this is taming your mind, only then, you mind can be focused, and being aware of you actions, body, speech and thoughts.

The Buddha said that every person have Buddha-Nature, every person have nature wisdom, everyone can, have the ability to attain enlightenment. But somehow, we can’t seem to find it-the True self / Buddha nature. The “Wiseman” is not, that because they are somehow smarter, they just have developed a very stable mind, the “wise” comes from clear seeing of the true nature of reality, seeing things as they really are, without delusion, and contamination. We are like that, wearing a pair of dirty glasses, we have good eyes just like the Wiseman, but with dirty glasses we see everything somewhat contaminated, not the real picture / reality, then we make decisions base on our false perception, which cause unsatisfactory results, therefore suffering arise.

Command Presence; is a practice a meditation practice, that no matter what you do, whether you are working on a project, say, building a barn, or washing dishes, you are totally aware of that “here and now, I am cutting a board” ( or washing dishes), This awareness should be in detail, step-by-step, like; I am squeezing the dish detergent bottle, the detergent dropped into the dish pan, your hand holding a dish clothes, your right hand is wiping the dish, then you r are rinsing the dish, place it on the rack etc. step-by-step. This awareness is your true self being with you. If you are washing dishes, and you mind is thinking something else; like oh! tomorrow, I am going to a birthday party, oh! what kind gift I am going to bring…wondering who else is coming…this way your consciousness has left your body, you are not really “Present”, you are somewhere else, away from your body.

Having your mind or consciousness and your body together is true presence, continue this practice will enable to “see” your true self, This is the Way.

The true self is not no other than yourself, you can’t find true self outside yourself, it is always here-and-now, this moment-to-moment of time and space, being totally aware of all things. This is called “Being awakened”.