萬法唯心 – Impermanence

Day trip to Amaravati Buddhist Monastery

March 18, 2007 1:49 am

Today ULUBUDA and ICBS had a day trip to Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, around 30 of us took a coach there this morning. It is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable day I had so far. I think it was the environment and the people there which allow me to really relax, got to enjoy the countryside,enjoy the fresh air and listen to the birds. At the same time, getting to know myself better and just see things as they come and pass. Didn’t have anything to worry about and was able to just relax and enjoy the moment and live the present moment.

While I was enjoying the peacefulness, I got the chance to really reflect on myself. Asking question like what more do I want in life? My answer was that this moment of peacefulness is what I should treasure and live with. We often try to search and hope for something in the future, but if we do this all the time, the moment that we hope will never come because we always want more. Rather than worrying about the future, what I should concentrate on is in fact this moment, right here, right now. Many will agree that material things can only bring us temporary happiness and it’s conditional. Why are we craving for more and more when we know that it doesn’t bring us ultimate happiness.

Like many things, meditation is something that we must experience ourselves, no one else can do it for us. E.g. no matter how much someone tells us about the taste of sugar, we wouldn’t know how it taste like unless we try it ourselves. To experience the peacefulness, all we need to learn is to let go, let go of our desires and our clingings. When we can truly let go, the experience of peacefulness is belong what words can describe. Although I’m still far from it :(.

Since I came back from the temple, there have been many things happening and I’m already losing that calmness and feeling the attachments that I have. I am trying to maintain the mindfulness and calmness at all time despite the surroundings. I think you will agree with me that we work a lot more efficient what we are not too stress, of course not too relax either. Finding the balance (middle way) of the two is the way to go and that’s what I need to practise in my daily life.

Don’t need to go and search for peacefulness elsewhere, it’s within our ability to experience it right now. Just give yourself 5-10 minutes, sit and relax, tell yourself that within this time you will let go of all the things that is troubling us. Purely observe our (wondering) mind and let our thoughts pass, don’t attach to any thoughts that may arise and let our mind rest. Don’t you think we all deserve a break from this busy world, relax but don’t fall asleep :)!

ULUBUDA & ICBS AGM

March 9, 2007 1:57 am

ULUBUDA AGM ULUBUDA AGM ULUBUDA AGM Group

Yesterday was the AGM (Annual General Meeting) for both ULUBUDA and Imperial College Buddhist society (ICBS). It has been 3 years since I joined ULUBUDA and ICBS, so much has happened in these 3 years time. I can still remember the first meeting I went to was the ULUBUDA’s AGM, seems not very long ago! Due to me graduating this year, I didn’t run for any positions this year. I’m very happy to see the society grows and both the AGMs went really well. Everyone were interested to help out in the society and the committee is very strong. Still remember the time when there were only 2 of us in ICBS in the second year :(. Thank you for the great committee that I have been working with and I’m sure this year committee will do even better :).

Right after the AGM last night, I attended the joint dinner with ULUBUDA, ICBS, Queen Mary and King’s Buddhist soceity at Kiasu, Bayswater. The dinner was good as the new committee get to know each other and it was also the first time we met the Queen Mary Buddhist society people. I also had a interesting talk with Carlton about some very famous poem authors who had very deep understanding in Buddhism, one being 白居易. Below is a quote of one of his poem, view Carlton post on 香山居士(白居易).

讀禪經

須知諸相皆非相,若住無餘卻有餘。

言下忘言一時了,夢中說夢兩重虛。

空花豈得兼求果,陽燄如何更覓魚。

攝動是禪禪是動,不禪不動即如如。

Buddhism without Borders

February 8, 2007 2:43 pm

Last night was the ICBS (Imperial College Buddhist Society) event “Buddhism without Borders”. We are very luckly to have Ajahn Khemadhammo to give us a talk on “Suffering and the Stopping of Suffering”. We also had Exhibition, Free Distribution and Free Food. Everything ran very smoothly thanks to everyone who helped out and everyone who was there making this event possible. I hope everyone enjoyed the event and learnt something last night, I myself have a lot to learn. I like the how Ajahn Khemadhammo said that Buddhism is very simple and how important the 5 precepts are. Something so fundamental but we oftn over look and try to find something more complicated. It’s bringing at end to the suffering which is important which leads to the 4 noble truths. These are accepted and agree by all branches of Buddhism, this remind me that we should be very clear with our aim. Everyone have a different view in Buddhism and we see it differently, but the most important is not to compare to differences between different school of Buddhism but to really practice it. But of course it’s important to find the one that we think fit ourselves and then we can concentrate on the practice.

Here are some photos to share kindly taken and processed by Jac.

Talk - Ajahn Khemadhammo Exhibition Free Distribution Free Food

You can view all the photos on her zoto following this link.