Issue 33

Sep 25, 15 Issue 33

Highlights:

人生虚幻非实,
如露如电,
惟有获得觉醒之光,
方可自心光明。

Since the time of the scientific revolution till today, many people have considered science to be synonymous with knowledge. Typically, what is a gain to science is a loss to religion. Yet, the reverse is true for Buddhism.

Over the past century, mounting scientific evidence has demonstrated the effectiveness of Buddhist meditation for everyone, regardless of race and religion, particularly mindfulness meditation in fostering peace of mind and happiness; and validated the compatibility between Buddhism and science (pg 38, 42 and 63). This prompted Time magazine to feature “The Mindful Revolution” as its cover story.

To understand the practice of mindfulness, arm yourself with more resources by downloading apps or reading books on mindfulness meditation (pg 65 & 71).

On page 48, Dr B Alan Wallace highlights the known parallels of the twin poles of the reality spectrum—the outer vacuum of physical science and the inner vacuum of contemplative science.

Then on page 47, read how the scientific spirit of enquiry has influenced Chee Kok Tong’s learning and understanding of the Dharma.

While the insights of science can help us to improve our world, it is only spiritual values and concern that can show us the path we should walk in life.

The Dharma is an invaluable system that can inspire everyone to actualise a wholesome and meaningful life. “Everything is borne from our mind, so we are directly responsible for our lives; it is entirely our own choice whether we want to live a purposeful, fulfilling and happy life or otherwise,” said Dato’ Dr GK Ananda Kumaraseri (pg 44).

Elsewhere in this issue, Ajahn Sumedho spoke on the significance of patipatta (pg 55), while Ven Thubten Chodron and Russell Kolts clarify the importance of making time for practice each day (pg 40). Read also about the profundity of the mind on page 64.

Happy reading.
– Editor’s Note

 

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Issue 30

Sep 12, 14 Issue 30

Highlights:

一花一世界,一叶一如来。
每一个生命个体都是一个自足的世界,
都需要阳光,需要理解,需要肯定,
需要实现自己的生命意义。

The Buddha talked about the unskilfulness of greed and attachment on many occasions (pg 64, 70 & 71). In another article, Ven Phra Chun Kiang also explains what constitutes greed and miserliness, or the hungry ghost mentality and its destructiveness (pg 48). Greed is so harmful it can even destroy an entire family’s happiness (pg 59)! Nonetheless, we can purify our minds of these defilements (pg 52 & 63). Through learning, contemplation and meditation, we can achieve inner purity and spiritual freedom.

 

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Issue 29

May 02, 14 Issue 29

Highlights:

Lord Buddha is full of praise for gratitude (pg 70). It is a virtue of good persons (pg 71). A grateful person will experience harmony, peace, be remembered and loved. As Venerable Sariputta showed us through his conduct, gratitude is a manifestation of faithfulness, respect, and desire to thank and reciprocate in kind for the kindness given to oneself. The Buddha, too, exemplified gratitude (pg 64) and taught this quality as one of the 38 auspicious signs of making spiritual progress (pg 54). Hence, we should always remember to live in gratitude (pg 38).
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