萬法唯心 – Impermanence

New English Name for the Blog

August 16, 2006 11:40 pm

I have finally decided the name for this Blog instead of calling it "Vincent Lai Blog"! Here is the reason why I want to name it "Impermanence". 

Impermanence 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.

If you are interested to find out why I pick the Chinese name to be 萬法唯心, please have a look at the About & Credits page.

Namo Amituofo 

7 Responses to “New English Name for the Blog”

Morris Chen wrote a comment on August 24, 2006

Hi, Vincent,
Your new blog title is very good as it reflects the truth of life.
I am amazed to see how a young man being educated in UK can be so fluent in both Chinese and English. And particularly surprised to see the high level of Buddhism knowledge that you have learned. I am not being flatery, I really think this way.
I find your blog site is very abundant with Buddhism extracts for me to explore.
Regards
Morris

Vincent Lai wrote a comment on August 29, 2006

Hi Morris,

Thank you for your encouraging comments, I’m very happy to know you. Recently start reading the Yahoo Knowledge (HK) Buddhism section and finding it quite interesting with some good Q&A and a lot of conversions going on. You are very humble, I’ve got a lot to learn from you.

Namo Amituofo
Vincent

PS: Free Buddhist books – I can send them to you if you are interested, just let me know the title of the book :).

Morris Chen wrote a comment on September 1, 2006

Hi, Vincent,
Thank you for telling me Yahoo Buddhism section. I have put a book mark on it and will browse in it later on.
Have ever visited this website? http://www.amtb.org.tw/
This is master Ching Kung’s website, one of my favorite.
Regards,
Morris

Vincent Lai wrote a comment on September 1, 2006

Hi Morris,

Yes, I really like Master Chin Kung’s site too, I started learning about Pure Land Buddhism from his talk. They are now planning to have a AMTB centre in UK which is very exciting and I’m looking forward to it.

The other two things that I like reading are Q&A and Monk’s life (生平). For me, Q&A is very useful for daily life and Knowledge. And reading their life give me a lot of motivation. :)

Namo Amituofo
Vincent

Morris Chen wrote a comment on September 2, 2006

Hi, Vincent,
Thank you for the links to Q&A and Monk’s Life. I think I have browsed these two pages by accident previously. Although I am able to read “wen yan wen”, I find that I always miss some meaning out of it. So there is another surprise to me about your capability in reading ancient Chinese language. What a marvellous young man you must be.
Same as you, I switched from Zen to Pure Land method in 2000 due to a chance of which I listened to master Ching Kong’s lecture about “getting to know Buddhism” from a video tape. About 4 month ago, a few Pure Land learners in Auckland set up a “nian fuo tang”. They meet for two hours every Tuesday in a community centre. They have a close contact with AMTB College based in Australia.
Christian belief is the dominant religion in where I live. So I have been looking for a group where I can deepen my motivation and belief. In June this year, I resigned due to health problem, and one of my friends happened to tell me this newly formed AMTB group. Therefore, I am able to join their Tuesday session regularly now.
I created my blog site after my resignation. To make you know me more, I like to tell you the site address: http://molisang.blogspot.com/
Amitofuo

Morris

Vincent Lai wrote a comment on October 14, 2006

Dear Morris,

Thanks for the blog url, I had a look and I really like the title of your blog. Last night Master Chin Kung gave a talk on “The Buddha’s Teaching: From inner Peace to World Peace” in London which was really good. Hopefully the AMTB society will be establish in the UK soon. I really enjoy the chanting sessions they have which I tried once in HK. I just finish my project and should now be more free and spend some time on the websites. Will visit your site from time to time :).

Namo Amituofo
Vincent

Ring wrote a comment on September 17, 2008

This is a good passage, really, not only it’s meaning which express in it, but also the words. I am impressed by the words: If we lose sth which we really like it and treasure it, we will upset. But If we thought like this: everything will break, will go .nothing we own forever. If we lose sth, we would gain the others. So maybe we think like that which would make us better.

The world is changing! Everything is changing!

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