Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Trilogy of Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta - By Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Buddha says that we have to examine our experience in order to discover its most pervasive features, the universal characteristics of phenomena, namely, impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and egolessness or notself.
The Buddha says:
All formations are impermanent.
All formations are unsatisfactory.
All phenomena, everything whatsoever, are not self.

Formations are things which arise from causes and conditions. They include all compounded or formed phenomena. Although all formations around us have these three characteristics, we are unable to see them because our minds are ordinarily cloaked by ignorance. Ignorance is a mental factor which has been covering the minds of all sentient beings through beginningless time. It covers the minds of every one but the fully enlightened ones, the Buddhas and the arahants.

Ignorance functions in two ways, negative and positive. On the negative side it simply obstructs us from seeing things as they are; it throws up clouds of mental darkness. On the positive side, it creates in the mind illusions called perversions. Due to these perversions, we see things in quite the opposite way from the way they really are.

These perversions are:
(a) Perversion of seeing what is unattractive as attractive.
(b) Perversion of seeing what is Dukkha or unsatisfactory as pleasurable.
(c) Perversion of seeing what is impermanent as permanent.
(d) Perversion of seeing what is really not self as self.

These illusions give rise to craving, conceit, wrong view and all other defilements, and in that way we become entangled in dukkha.

These universal characteristics have to be understood in two stages: first intellectually, by reflection; and thereafter by direct insight or realisation through insight meditation. When we explain these intellectually, we should not make this a substitute for practice, but only take it as a guideline for understanding what has to be seen by the actual practice of insight meditation.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

April 22

Yellow sticky ball flows down the river....... lighter than ever.


Friday, April 18, 2008

Saturday 19th April

Dear Blig,

One week,two weeks, three weeks.....7 weeks. I do hope the worst is over....

1)Drama going on for weeks, I do not wish to talk about
2)Car went dead few weeks ago.Thx to cuz's rescue
3)A couple of days ago,one of the tyres punctured.One of my 1982 toyota corona's wheels went flat.The replacement tyre was flat too!What a drama.Had all 4 tyres replaced at $400,now runs like a BMW.... I've got new wheels!
4)Got 3 parking ticket in 1 month. Totaling up to $190
5)2 friends are in Melb for visit :) Kalyana mitras to the rescue!
6)Meeting more and more kalyana mitras
7)Involve in ICIPH.
8)Building the toughness in me. Challenging?Hell yeah, but I will pull through.With patience, anything goes.

Thx everyone, for being patient with me.

I think,by June,the high tide and waves will eventually calm down. I'm halfway through..7 weeks more.


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Ah ppiccieees.... to edit later


Sunday, April 06, 2008


Hi ii i.. :)

Just another quick blog.
Ah life! At the moment, I'm feeling very lucky. In fact, I am very much taken cared of.

You can take everything away from me but you will never take away my conviction to the:

Buddha -May the Buddha be at my head
Dhamma -May the Dhamma be in my heart
Sangha -May the Sangha guide and protect me always.

I bow down low.
May I walk this path - with wisdom, compassion, etc etc, may I perfect the 10 paramis to my best ability. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu.