Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Recycling The Tzu Chi Way

Twenty-six years ago Tzu Chi started recycling of papers to save trees from being cut down rampantly. Now its recycling programmes encompass almost everything, and has spread throughout the world. 

I too, do my little part helping out at tc local recycling centre once a week. More work less talk. The Master encourages everyone to participate in recycling. This brilliant project gives everyone the chance to contribute to society. Everyone can do it. The Master used to say, "recycling gives us happiness and keeps us healthy." "Just do it!" Or in Taiwanese Hokkien "choe toh tio lah."


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The End Of Blogging?

This blog is now a ghost town.  So are millions of them in similar fate.  Everything has a life cycle.  The end is near for blogging.  At least this is my observation and experience.  No one reads my blog now, so I don't bother to post.  Or is it because I don't post anymore, so my followers just faded away?  The chicken or the egg?  Whatever, the result is the same.  Blogging is dead, as far as I am concerned.  

Everyone is on facebook now.  So? If you can't beat them, join them.  Facebook is now my new play ground. Welcome to my new home:


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Happy Wesak. May peace and good health be with you.

This Sunday 3 May, 2015, Malaysia celebrates Wesak Day, The Buddhist thrice blessed holy day. Elsewhere this year, Wesak Day is on 1 Jun. Why? Usually, Wesak is celebrated on the first full moon day in the month of May, which usually will be the 15th day of the fourth Chinese lunar month. But this year the fourth Chinese lunar month full moon day falls on 1 June. Thus the difference.

A lot of so-called Buddhists do not really understand the pristine teachings of the Buddha. That results in wrong interpretations and understanding of what Buddhism is. Below is an article I wrote on the misconceptions about Buddhism. Hope on this auspicious Wesak Day this article may provide better understanding of Buddhism.

Happy Wesak to all my Buddhist friends. May everyone have good health and inner peace.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

When You Have A Good Heart

How true how true. What a stupid fool I am!! And will remain so for the rest of my life because I will still have a good heart.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Contemplation during this day of Christmas

"Be merry", everybody seems to wish everybody else during this day of Christmas. For other days, it is usually "be happy".  Fair enough.  All of us should be happy or at least feel happy.  The feeling of happiness should be for every moment and not only for this day of Christmas.  Sometimes life is not so rosy to be feeling happy.  If certain conditions do not generate happiness, we cannot be happy.  Otherwise we will be crazy to be happy when sad events confront us.  This year (2014) is the worst year for me.  My son was diagnosed with a serious illness.  This year, my son was warded for long periods, 5 times in all, twice in ICU for 9 days each.  I will be a mad father if I can be happy about this!

Then what should I do?  I accept what is dealt to me in this game of what we called "life".  If I cannot be happy because of certain conditions that do not warrant happiness, then let it be.  I am not going to brood over it for the rest of my life.  The least I can do is to resolve not to be unhappy over time.  Acceptance is a therapeutic resolve.  I turn away from feeling unhappy, and instead try to identify whatever positive aspects life still provides me.  I may not feel happy.  That's ok.  Now I concentrate on what I have that I should be thankful for.  These are the six "thankfulness":

1. I am thankful that I am in good health and of sound mind.

2. I am thankful that my son is recovering well.

3. I am thankful that my wife and two grandchuildren are healthy.

4. I am thankful that my grandchildren's parents are healthy, no matter what they had done to me.

5. I am thankful to my relatives who have given me moral, monetary, and spiritual support.

6. I am thankful for all those who have come to embrace my son in his hour of needs, especially the Christian friends and support group.   

What else do I want to be happy?  I just need to be thankful for what life dishes up for me. 

To all my readers, have a Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tan Danli : The story of this remarkable little girl with a happy ending.

This is the touching story of an eight-year old orphan adopted by a kind man in remote China.  I almost skipped this video as it is 16 minutes long.  Since the person who shared this video through facebook, insisted that I must "Please watch, don't skip this" I acted on his advice and watched.  Once the video started, I watched it till the end.  Please invest 15 minutes of your life watching this story of this remarkable little girl.  I only wish that my two adopted children will also watch this video and seriously contemplate what they had done or not done with their lives.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Karpal Singh, My Other Hero, May He Rest In Peace.

In the Malaysian political scene, I have two heroes whom I salute.  Eversince I could vote, I always voted for DAP.  Even before I could vote while still a student, I was a staunch DAP supporter for I knew all along DAP is a sincere political party working for peace and equality for all Malaysians.  It is only their other political opponents that spinned negative news about DAP.  If you disagree with me it is ok.  But I shall not go into debate with you.  This post is not for debating.  This post is to convey my solemn respect for the late Karpal Singh, who tragically was killed in a car accident this early morning.  Karpal Singh was my other local political hero.  May he rest in peace.  My sincere condolences to his family.  It is a very sad day.  I salute you Karpal Singh.

My number one local political hero is none other than Lim Kit Siang.


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