“Life is uncertain but death is” That’s a common teaching/phrase in Buddhism, and perhaps in other religions too, as it’s unrebutable that we are immortal. Where there is life, there will be death to follow. So in Buddhist practice, it is encouraged to contemplate death. I recall the moment when I was in a retreat, … More Only Death Is Certain
Though I couldn’t help but wonder why we make a day so special? And why does it have to be 14 February? Well of course there is a history how the Valentine’s Day originated but why do we want to express our love by buying gifts, such as flowers or expensive items? … More What is The Cost of Love on a Valentine’s Day?
Disclaimer: this is mainly my outlet to help me digest my reflections Recently I attended my friend’s wedding. It was a simple yet sweet (though not very sentimental) one. It’s actually quite a cute one. I was really happy for them and had a big smile on my face – yet something was missing… I … More Romantic Love – Does It Give You the (ever lasting) Happiness?
I stumbled upon my old note that’s taken from the epilogue of the movie “American Beauty”. I must say, when I first time watched this in a cinema I didn’t quite like (or get) it – I guess I was too young to see the meaning. Then some years after, I re-watched it and I … More Beauty Is Everywhere
How fast time flies. It’s now time to bid goodbye to 2016 and to welcome 2017. There were so many things that have happened in 2016 for me: started the new year in Auckland with a good long-time friend, started a new job, broke up with my ex, made new friends, learnt about my friend’s … More Best Wishes
Merry Christmas to you all! Christmas is a special events for most people, not just for Christians, but for non-Christians as well, as this marks the period when family and friends gather and spend time together. It’s the time to spend with people whom you care and care about you. However, this could also be … More Happy Christmas
I received this beautiful card with the saying above from a sweet and loving friend. How easy do we take each moment for granted? How easy is it to take each other for granted? If we remember that our time is limited, and each minute passes means we’ll have a minute less to be alive, … More Moments Are Precious
Last week I had a chat with a lovely nun about her passing mother. I asked her if she missed her, and she said not really, because she’s in her heart. Then I asked her if that’s attachment, and she gave a sweet answer that it’s not, but it’s love. I couldn’t help but reflect … More Love
“Life happens for me, not to me” C.D. Recently I had a conversation with my friend, and he came up with the saying above, that life happens for me, rather than to me. We were talking about how all things in life happen for a reason, for a purpose. Life gives what we need, be it … More Tragedy Transforms..
Taken from UNIBUDS Annual Magazine 2002, a prescribed talk given by Rod Lee There are many different point of views on what the definition of ego is. One one hand, the big ego is always over-inflated self-importance. The constitutions of the big ego are selfishness and arrogance. On the other hand there is ego grasping … More How To Deal With Our Ego