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Life is a series of moments. Live each moment.

Friday night I had the privilege of conversation with 16 nuns and a head monk. The head monk was a Buddhist abbott, from Dai Dang Monastery in San Diego. We had a very casual tea ceremony, a time to question and be enlightent by these holy people.

Thay Tue Giac shared his experiences regarding his responsibility at the monastery, his love of his disciples, his love to of studying the dharma. His approach is that he never does any work. He considered everything he does in the moment an act of pleasure and joy. It is the mind interpretation as to how an individual view everything.  It was explained to me that nothing is hard, nothing is intense, it is really a minds’ game to live in the moment and enjoy each moment.

The lesson to be learn is, when living in the moment, it is just a moment. Life is play, live to enjoy it.

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Meditation in Buddhism    


One young reader requested I address the meditation to reduce stress. I think it is important to address this issue at the beginning. Meditation is practiced in all religions, and more importantly is considered an integral part of Buddhist practice.

What is meditation ? and why do we need to do meditation?

What is meditation ? There are many definitions of meditation but to me simply put, meditation is concentration, focusing one thing at a time. Meditation is the opposite of distraction, forgetfulness.

Why do people practice meditation ?  People often practice meditation to reduce or manage stress.  Meditation was recognized as an excellent method in reducing stress.

Here are some statistics on harmful effects of stress that we need to reduce or eliminate in our daily life.

·        Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.

·        Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.

·        Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.

·        The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions

One more important reason for doing meditation in Buddhism is development of wisdom. Unless we meditate to calm ourselves, we will not have wisdom to understand the truth which Buddha taught. Why is it ?

Human mind can be compared with a lake. On a windy, stormy day its surface is full of waves. If we stand at the edge of the lake and look down, we will not be able to see anything because of the turbulence of waves.

When the wind and the storm cease, the lake surface becomes calm, tranquil, undisturbed of waves, we can clearly see the pebble, the leaf, the frog at the bottom of the lake. These things were always there but we could not see them because of the turbulent waves. Similarly if we allow ourselves to calm down by doing meditation, the turbulent waves of thought will subside and gradually disappear.  We can clearly see and understand things, which we did not understand before.

Buddha also compared human mind to a monkey. It jumps around all the time. Unless we can tame the money mind we will be stressful, worried, restless.

According to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California, the average person has about 48.6 thoughts per minute or 69,984 thoughts per day. At one minute one thought: “ Oh my daughter goes home late tonight “ Another minute he thought: “  Oh, Joe made me angry this morning” or. “How do I come up with enough money to buy a new car “. These thoughts are random and endless. They are the turbulent waves that rob our energy, disturb our peace, make us distracted, worry, jittery … Unless we control them by practicing meditation we will always be easily nervous, upset, worried, unhappy …

When we are so distracted, we become forgetful. We forget where we park our car, where we put the car keys. We cannot even understand what our husband or wife says to us, how could we  understand the deep truth Buddha teaches… In summary our life is a mess.

I hope I have convinced you the importance of meditation. But would you want to know the correct method to practice meditation ?

I will discuss briefly how-to-meditation in this email. In later emails I will go into detail meditation practice taught in Buddhism. It will take several sessions to cover this vast topic.

Generally there are many methods of meditation but the meditation counting the breath is the most basic and most popular. I will describe 2 methods of breathing meditation. They are easy to do and very important practice in Buddhism.

The preparation for a meditation session is as important as the meditation itself. The meditator should decide:

a/ An appropriate sitting position:  He can sit on the floor with legs crossing: ( right foot on the left thigh and left foot on the right thigh ( Full Lotus position ), or right foot on the left thigh only, left foot remains under right thigh ( Half Lotus positon ). If a person cannot sit crossed legs on the floor because of stiffness, pain, he or she can sit on a chair.

b/ Back, neck: the meditator keeps his back, neck straight

c/ Eyes: Eyes are half open, looking down 6 feet in front of the leg. Some people close their eyes during meditation. I found it conducing to sleep and sleep is not meditation because we are not aware of things during the sleep. In meditation we are fully aware of everything.

d/ Hands: Both hands rest on thigh. Left hand on top of right hand, right thumb touches left thumb

e/ Duration:  For the beginner, 5-10 minutes of daily meditation is sufficient. When he is more proficient, he can proceed to 30 minutes or 60 minutes per day. 

e/ Methods of breathing:

1-     Counting the breath ( So Tuc). The meditator will observes his breath and counts it. After one breath ( in and out ) he counts One, after the second breath in and out, he counts Two. He continues to count until 5, then counts back to One, Two … If he forgets the order of the breath, he will go back to count One, Two … Once he is able to count his breath from one to five without missing any breath for several weeks, he will proceed to count from One to Ten breath. By counting breath, the meditator is able to focus on doing one thing at a time, avoiding distraction, or having random thought. His mind becomes calmer, clearer. He is happier and has more wisdom.

2-     Following the Breath ( Tuy Thuc). After becoming proficient in the previous method, the meditator will graduate to the second method which is following the breath. In this method he does not need to count his breath, but just follows it. When the breath goes in to the nose, he is aware of it. When the breath goes to the lung, he is aware of it. When he exhales he is aware of it. After a period of 10-15 minutes he becomes calmer, happier.

Hope you all practice meditation with good results. Email me if you have any question or difficulty

Until next time

Peace and Joy to all,

Dennis A Chu

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One Way to Slow Down

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365 Life Shifts: Pivotal Moments That Changed Everything (365 Book Series) (Volume 3)

By Hue Anh Nguyen

Who would have thought that an afternoon out shopping for our Boy Scout celebration would change my life forever?

It was a very clear day outside; inside my mind, however, was anything but clear! As I stopped at a light before making a right turn, 1,000 distracting thoughts raced through my head: my business, my relationships, kids in daycare, a ringing phone, setting up the Boy Scout to sing the opening for the ceremonies…

Suddenly, I saw a car making a turn right in front of me. I stomped on the brakes and…BOOM!

The airbag popped out. My face felt like it was on fire. I heard a siren in the distance. People gathered around, helping me out of the car. I was dazed, and my car was totaled; but THANK GOD the kids were okay!!! They had been securely strapped in and didn’t move an inch. Scared but safe.

The Divine has a way of speaking to us; this time it was really loud and clear: Slow down! Like my car, my life came to an abrupt halt.

I spent months going from one therapy to another, searching for a way to relieve the pain. During this time, I had many long hours to contemplate what my life was about and to rediscover the magic to heal from within me.

Looking deeper within myself at who I was and how I wanted live my life, I was able to sort out my priorities. The crash and the subsequent healing process made me realize what I truly valued the most: When you have children, the most important job is being a parent. Money, business, and everything else can wait. It doesn’t really matter how much money you have in bank; it’s meaningless if you don’t have health, peace, and love in your life.

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Every so often, we have an experience that alters the course of our lives and changes who we are forever. Sometimes these moments fill us with rapture and flood us with insight. Other times, they are blessings in disguise that don’t reveal their treasure until years later. However they show up, these moments can inspire us to live richer, deeper, and more authentically soulful lives.

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RESPONSIBILITY by Bob Proctor

This is one of the first lesson shared with me by my mentor ( William Todd author of The Mentor in me” Get it HERE

by Bob Proctor (featured in “The Secret”)

Responsibility is a choice. I often refer to it as being the key to freedom. Your future can be everything you have ever dreamed about and then some. You have the talent and tools to experience one beautiful day after another. That is, in fact, what I believe the architect of the universe had in mind for you when you were created. If that was not so, you would have never been endowed with such awesome powers.

My good friend and mentor, Val Van De Wall wrote, “When a person takes responsibility for their life and the results they are obtaining, they will cease to blame others as the cause of their results. Since you cannot change other people, blame is inappropriate. Blaming others causes a person to remain bound in a prison of their own making. When you take responsibility, blame is eliminated and you are free to grow.”

Those who haven’t taken responsibility for their results and their life often find themselves in a mental prison, and in many ways, a mental prison is a much worse place to live than a federal prison or penitentiary. Mental torment can destroy just about everything that is necessary for a meaningful life: self image, self respect, relationships and a host of other attributes. It will even cause a person’s physical health to deteriorate.

Responsibility opens the door and permits you to walk into freedom. If you find yourself confined to such a mental state, understand there is a way out. Escape is encouraged and possible.

The master key that fits the lock is clearly marked and is within everyone’s reach. It is RESPONSIBILITY.

I think it would be a fair comment to say that the people we have the greatest respect for are those who have accepted responsibility for every aspect of their lives. These individuals rarely duck responsibility by blaming someone else.

When faced with an unfavorable situation, they are usually aware they have attracted the negative circumstance and know everything happens for a reason. When this happens, they merely learn their lesson and keep reaching out, above and beyond to the new frontier, taking responsibility for whatever happens, every step of the way.

When a person refuses to accept responsibility for their life, they reject their uniqueness and they turn all of their special powers over to other people, situations or circumstances. They are then no longer in control of their future. They will be hoping something good will happen, but because of past experiences they will very likely be expecting something they do not want to happen. When you accept responsibility for your life and for the results which you alone determine, you will develop confidence that your dreams can be realized, that your plans can be carried out. Awareness of this magnificent truth is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest thing that can happen in your life. Its Aladdin’s lamp, a magic wand, the tooth fairy all wrapped up in one.

Dr. Rollo May, a distinguished psychiatrist, once wrote, “The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.”

It requires great courage to take responsibility for your life. It’s so much easier to blame someone else or something outside of you. George Bernard Shaw said, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, they make them.” I believe Shaw was right. In my opinion, those who win big in life take responsibility and create their own destiny.

Earlier on it was suggested that responsibility brings with it a certain amount of freedom. For some, these last few paragraphs may be life-altering. And, with the proper understanding, I guarantee it has the power to free you of unnecessary mental weight that you may have been carrying around with you all of your life. The concept to which I’m referring has been misunderstood by so many and has probably single-handedly ruined more lives than one can possibly imagine. Ignorance of this principle will most certainly cause a person to experience the destructive emotions of anger, guilt and resentment.

Here it is: there is a vast difference between being responsible “for” and being responsible “to.” It seems so simple, but I don’t want you to let its apparent simplicity fool you. I’m going to repeat it again. There is a big difference between being responsible “for” and being responsible “to.”

It’s not uncommon to hear parents blame themselves and assume responsibility for something that has happened to their child, and that child might be 40 years old!

“If only we …” Or, “I should have …” Far too often we inappropriately assume responsibility for something, when in fact our real duty to the person may have ended 20 years ago. Unfortunately for most, they carry that baggage around with them for life, never realizing they have a choice.

The correct interpretation of this is: you are responsible FOR your feelings and your results – not another person’s. You may be responsible TO another person for one thing or another, but not FOR another person. The exception, of course, is when you choose to take on the responsibility of raising children until they reach the age of maturity. In that case, you are both responsible TO and FOR them, until such time as they become responsible for themselves.

At times, it might even be appealing to contemplate having another person take on our responsibilities for us. We could even trick ourselves into believing that by doing this, we would be freer to play, have fun and do the things we wanted. Without serious thought, it might never enter our mind that exactly the opposite would happen. When you permit others to take on your responsibilities, you become dependent on them. They become the giver and you become the receiver. Your well-being is dependent upon their generosity. Hopefully, at some point, it will become very clear that this kind of behavior only leads to a life of lack, limitation, resentment and confusion on the parts of both the giver and the receiver.

I’ve never witnessed anything positive that has come from the misuse of responsibility. When you take on the responsibility for another person’s feelings, results, or actions, you destroy their self-reliance and self-respect.

You are responsible for all of the results in your life. You are responsible for your happiness. You are responsible for your health. You are responsible for your wealth. You are responsible for your emotional state. Regardless of what has happened in the past, the future lies ahead with an open slate, waiting for you to take control and create a wonderful life for yourself.

Winston Churchill, who certainly knew something about responsibility, said, “Responsibility is the price of greatness.”

Here’s a marvelous affirmation that you can verbalize every night before you go to sleep and every morning as you step out of bed.

I am responsible for my life …
for my feelings …
for my personal growth …
and for every result I get

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