… eight worldly conditions spin after the world…

A new chapter of my life will soon begin….

I have just collected my letter of acceptance from the University to do my PhD in Buddhism.  Awesome!  Of course, I would not be able to do so without lots of support, help, guidance and pieces of advice from my kalyāṇamittā.  Really, really thankful to all of them! 🙏🙏🙏

Am now busy sorting out all my firm’s matters and eventually my personal matters so that I can move to the new place by early August.

Life is really anicca…  things can change within moments.  I have worked and hoped for this and soon it will become a reality.

There were times when things do not turn out the way we hope for while there are times we are surprised with what lies ahead of us… as if being ushered to the direction of the path meant for us… the unknown, the unseen of whatever the future will be… if embraced with fear, we will not enjoy the journey but if embraced with living in the present and enjoy the moments, it would be a joyful journey indeed…

Buddha says there are eight worldly conditions that spin after the world, and the world spins after these eight worldly conditions and they are: “Gain/loss, status/disgrace, censure/praise, pleasure/pain: these conditions among human beings are inconstant, impermanent, subject to change. Knowing this, the wise person, mindful, ponders these changing conditions. Desirable things don’t charm the mind, undesirable ones bring no resistance.”
(Lokavipatti Sutta: The Failings of the World ~ AN 8.6)

We need to stay equanimous in whatever condition we face.  Favourable conditions are subject to change; so are the unfavourable ones.  We need to bear in mind that “this too shall pass”.  Do not be too happy over joyous occasions and do not be too sad or worried over unpleasant experiences…  By being able to do so, we will not join the roller coaster of life’s vicissitudes!

Today, I am happy “mindfully” and not dancing with joy 💃 ya… 😅 🙏

 

To all my Noble Friends…

Over the past weeks, a MA study group has been formed to do our master synopsis and studies together.  Only 3 of us doing the MA and yet was supported by another two noble friends in the process.  Awesome!

To me, it is not just having fun learning together and helping each other but also endorsing Buddha’s “…. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life. When a monk has admirable people as friends, companions, & comrades, he can be expected to develop & pursue the noble eightfold path….”  This statement is found in the Upaddha Sutta, SN 45.2.

I am really appreciative and thankful to all my noble friends.  I believe that if not for them, I may not be where I am now.  To repay all their encouragement, support, guidance, patience and company, I will continue to strive harder!  We may separate or part somewhere along the path, but I shall always remember all of you…. yes, anicca and anatta… but my gratitude will carry on till end of this lifetime.  For all you know, it was brought forward from previous lifetimes ya….  ☺️

To all my dear, dear noble friends ~ may you be well, happy and peaceful always…
🙏 🙏 🙏

2016 journey in Buddhism

​Mahindarama Buddhist Temple

Has been a place I frequented this year

To use its library and robe to offer

Also a meditation retreat end of the year

2016 a turning point of my life

Back to studies, in Buddhism, I decide

Diploma last year advance to degree

To realise in mid year Master I could do instead

Next is to work towards the academic goal

A PhD qualification I intend hold

So I can give back in Dhamma as a Prof

While sailing to Nibbana in a slow boat…

Shed no tears?

 

It is amazing how learning, understanding and practising Buddha’s teachings can change my perception and behaviour.

When my dear sister passed away in a car accident in 2008, I cried and cried and cried and cried….. 

However, I did not shed a tear when my dear uncle passed away last Sunday (27 March 2016 at 1330)…  and he was a very, very dear uncle to me…. 

The first thing that came to my mind was “he is no longer suffering”,
next was “everyone dies one day, naturally”
and next was “no attachments”

Aniccä vatha sankhärä 
(All things are impermanent)

Uppäda vaya dhamminö 
(They arise and pass away)

Uuppajjitvä nirujjhanti 
(Having arisen they come to an end)

Te san vüpa samö sukhö 
(Their coming to peace is bliss)

.This post is a tribute to my late Uncle San (02.03.1951 to 27.03.2016)