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All posts for the day Hunyo 8th, 2014

Using Technology to Help Us Create Good Chi

Published Hunyo 8, 2014 by jptan2012

I often hear people say that technologies like our smart phones, tablets, etc. are modern evil gadgets because it destroys interpersonal relationships and it makes people more dependent on it that some studies show that we have become more stupid. For example, before we will just use our brains to figure a direction to certain location, thereby in the process exercising our gray cells. However, these days most people will just rely on the smartphone app Waze or Google Map. Smart-Phones

My feeling towards the claim that technology is evil, at best is ambivalent, because I cannot deny the fact that it has stop many people from properly communicating with each other. These days, I notice, that the younger generation considers “texting” as a form of communication, they’re no longer interested with calling each other up to really talk with each other. I once heard a guy in his 20s told somebody over the phone – WE WERE JUST TEXTING EACH OTHER EARLIER AND NOW YOU WANT TO TALK AGAIN! – However, come to look at it all kinds of technology or gadgets at that is neither evil or good, it is how we use it, but I won’t deny the fact that it is harder now for us to concentrate on things that matter because of all the possible distraction around us brought about my technology. His Holiness the Dalai Lama although didn’t banned the monks of using mobile phones, he highly discouraged it because he said it will distract them from all the essential things that they should be doing even in the importance of doing nothing.

I know that these days it’s almost impossible for people not to have a mobile phone but the truth is I believe we can also use technology to help improve or develop good chi. For example, if possible use an image of a Buddha or a Bodhisattva or of a mantra as your wallpaper. Every time you look at it, you will surely receive some form of blessings. Also, I have downloaded some sutras both on my smartphone and tablet, so whenever I’m stuck in traffic I will just read the sutras. On top of that, I’ve downloaded a lot of Buddhist chants like the Mantra of the Compassionate Bodhisattva, Kuan Yin (also known as or Chenrezig) – OM MANI PADME HUM, or the Mantra of the Medicine Buddha – TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA, among others. I will play them whenever I’m feeling down or stressed out.

So you see whether these modern technologies and gadgets becomes a tool of evil or goodness is up to us. For me, I just make use of them to improve my chi.buddhist applications

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The Argument of Who is Good and Who is Evil

Published Hunyo 8, 2014 by jptan2012

Good_Evil_Wallpaper_by_VermishisThe past few weeks, I was lucky enough to have several healthy discussions with a reader who has become a good friend. DU and I would always try to meet up to simply talk about Feng Shui and charms and amulets, however, lately our discussions has become so much deeper, to some extent it has become philosophical.

I believe we were discussing about karma when we got to talk about good and evil. She was asking me whether a person is innately good or bad. I told her that I believe that all people although they may be doing things that we perceive as bad, to the extent that we label them as bad are all capable of doing being good or they have the inner desire of wanting to be good rather than bad.

But the questions is although for most of us there is a clear cut definition of whether a person is good or bad, I really believe that in the end, while there are good or bad things and that there are people who do good or bad things there can’t be a person who is absolutely bad. As mentioned, I believe that most if not all people generally want to be good even though they may be doing bad things.

But what is really good or bad. I can go on and on and on making arguments of what is good or bad. I can say that if it hurts somebody then it may be considered as bad, but I would like to share here that in the Buddhist’s perspective, there are no clear cut answer of what is good or bad. What is good or bad boils down to the intent of the person committing the act. For example, and I’m sharing here what I told Denise, if I slap her people will generally think the act as bad, but the truth is it boils down to my intent. Using this as en example to drive my point but even if I cannot give a reason as to why I would slap DU, in Buddhist perspective the act itself should not be categorized as good or bad, it’s the intent that one must look at.

We got to talk about Hitler, and I know I must thread carefully here in talking about him. History has already presented Adolf Hitler as one of the most evil people the world has witnessed and the world has ever had. Maybe he is, I certainly don’t agree with the things he has done. But if I were to be a good Buddhist, the truth I should not readily judge him, what I should be doing is to look at Hitler’s intent. I should be asking questions like what were his intentions? Is it possible that he truly believe that the Aryan race is the superior race and that he is doing the world a favor by eradicating all the Jews in the world? Again, I’m not saying he is right, in fact even if I live in a different generation, I cant help it but be appalled at the thought of what he did to the Jews. I’m appalled that be orchestrated the holocaust! The act of killing human, much less all those innocent, helpless kids makes me angry, but if I were to be a good Buddhist I should not be judging Adolf Hitler as evil, instead in the end one should look at his intent, and again at the end only he can truly say what were his intentions.

Of course, we cannot deny all the evil that he has done and as a Buddhist it is my belief that one has to fight all the “bad” things that are happening in this world, keeping quiet is almost tantamount to doing the act itself. But we should fight this with love and compassion and kindness. However, the “perpetrator” should not be judged and one should deal with the “perpetrator” with love, compassion, kindness, and we must seek to understand his or her motivation and intent. In truly trying to understand the motivation and intent it is only then when we can truly help stop his acts that may be causing harm. However, we can never judge the “perpetrator” because in the Buddhist perspective he is the only one who can judge his or her intent and whatever his intentions are it will be dealt with by his karma.

Bad Luck Because of a Broken Mirror

Published Hunyo 8, 2014 by jptan2012

broken-mirrorWhen one of my employee’s dad I thought it might be good to show my sentiments by paying my respects to her dad. I know that this particular employee’s family has been through a lot and aside from financially helping her out I know it will be nice if she’d see that I sympathize with her also.

The wake was held at their house and even before I enter their house I can see a lot of Feng Shui blunders that may be causing or contributing to the spade of bad luck that they are currently experiencing. I debated whether to keep my mouth shut about this or tell her about it since I know that they are born again Christians and feel strongly against Feng Shui or any other religion at that.

However, when I entered their living room I saw big broken mirror. At this point, I decided I will tell her about the Feng Shui blunders of her house especially the mirror, it’s up to her whether she takes offense or not. I thought I cannot not tell her especially if I think the information may help her.

I told her about all the Feng Shui blunders especially the mirror, she respectfully listened but didn’t say anything after it. I know she was just trying to be respectful but her religious beliefs dictates that what I just told her is either not true or work of the devil.

A few months after, she approached me and asked for a Feng Shui advice. I was really surprised and told her about it. She told me that she mentioned the thing about the broken glass to her mom and her mom just decided to remove it. Things got better for them and according to her, in hindsight, all their bad luck when her nephew accidentally broke the mirror by throwing a ball on it. It didn’t really break but there was a big crack.

You see a mirror is a very powerful Feng Shui tool. Alone it can help create good or bad Feng Shui. However, a broken mirror is really bad, because aside from the fact that anything broken is bad, a mirror will always double the bad chi it creates, everything that gets reflected on the mirror gets multiplied by 2 and everything will appear broken thus making the bad chi it creates extra bad.

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