萬法唯心 – Impermanence

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Impermanence – in different language (Sanskrit: अिनत्य anitya; Pāli अिनच्च anicca; Tibetan: mi rtag pa; Chinese: wúcháng; Japanese: 無常 mujō) 諸行無常 Here are the reasons for choosing this name.

Firstly, the meaning of impermanence. Everything we see, everything here is impermanent. Just like this blog you are seeing, we know it’s impermanent. It’s only some data you receive through the cable and the monitor decode that to form an image. Well, don’t want to get to far here, you know what I mean.

Secondly, if we can really understand impermanence, we will have a lot less worries. Say if we lose something that we really like or treasure, we will feel upset. But if we look longer, everything will go, will break, nothing we can own forever. Including this “me”, biologically first, we know that our body is changing all the time. Cells are dying and new ones are form, so what’s the real me. Even some may believe in a permanent soul or mind. But our mind is changing all the time too. We learn, see, experience new things every moment. Our mind is changing all the time too. We suffer because we tends to think they are permanent. What is there to be upset about when something is lost? It’s just natural. So what really is permanent? Where’s the Reality?

The question that we should be thinking would be finding what really is about life, point of life some may say. I don’t want to get too religious here, the answer is up to everyone to find out and different method suit everyone. I am sure many of us think we have found our answer, but it doesn’t hurt to understand what other people feel and say as well as teaching of other religion.

萬法唯心 – After a lot talking about impermanence, who is playing the trick on us? Who is making everything around us? It’s ourselves, our MIND. Our mind links everything together, everything we see is how our mind make us see. Do we have control of our mind? Not really, for example we tends to get affected by our surroundings a lot. If someone say something we don’t want to hear, we will get angry or upset very easily. Or if you are reading this and find something that you really don’t like or don’t agree, you won’t be happy. So are we controlling our mind? Looks like we are control by our surroundings instead. Here I will like to share a quote from the Sutra of Forty-two Section (one of the translation).

The Buddha said, “There was a person who, upon hearing that I observe the Way and practice great humane kindness, intentionally came to berate me. I was silent and did not reply. When he finished abusing me, I asked, “If you are courteous to people and they do not accept your courtesy, the courtesy returns to you, does it not? ‘

“It does, ‘he replied. I said, ow you are scolding me, but I do not receive it, so the misfortune returns to you and must remain with you. It is as inevitable as an echo that follows a sound, or as a shadow that follows a form. In the end you cannot avoid it. Therefore, be careful not to do evil. ‘”

Here is a short explaination of what 萬法唯心 means:

萬法唯心之意,是萬法皆心所現,如是則法即是心,心即是法,心與法二而一也。

These are the reasons which briefly explain why I choose this name for the blog. I would like to see this blog as a place for me to share with family, friends and make new friends. So feel free to comment or email me. Thinking are mainly related to Buddhism which you can see under the Buddhism category. If you are particularly interested in Pure Land Buddhism, you might want to have a look at my Buddhist site both in English and Chinese.

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