Saturday, November 8, 2014

Mindfulness' Popularity - a Good thing?


Buddhism is not about meditation alone.

Meditation is a means to achieve insight leading to liberation and freedom from dukkha. 

Meditation, particularly, mindfulness practice is now gaining popularity. Is it really a good thing? Check this out.



Mindfulness’s moment is here. One million Americans are taking up mindfulness meditation each year. It’s in the conference rooms at Twitter, in schools and hospitals, and helping traumatized soldiers. And the scientific data on the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions has become so compelling that insurance companies are starting to cover them.

The backlash is here, too. Buddhist purists are dismayed by one-percenters using mindfulness to get even richer. Skeptics say that meditation’s benefits are being oversold and overhyped. And critics say that celebrity meditation-boosters like Arianna Huffington and David Lynch offer more flash than substance.

Read the rest of the article here




Friday, November 7, 2014

Found it?


have you found the Buddha within?






*try replacing Buddha with another other religious masters, it may still work :-)
 

Rethink Buddhism to respond to peace, justice an liberty

Shared a session at the Nottingham University Buddhist Society (Malaysia).

Key points shared were:
  • Do not be afraid to doubt. Question and get clarity.
  • Buddhist practice is both personal and social

It was good session, thank you. With peace and compassion, let's proactively help build a peaceful and just society. #nbs #walkintopeace


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reflections on Charity

Charity is good but not enough. Charity, in too may cases charity has become a tool for self-promotion and marketing (for corporations). Some are even making money on the process of charity. 

Yet, we continue to indulge in this - why?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Have we lost our spiritual and moral bearings?

Have we lost our spiritual and moral bearings?
A brief reflection on 57 years of independence.



I was browsing the news the day after Merdeka celebrations, this news caught my attention. The news of the arrest of a prominent academic and earlier, political leaders (mostly opposition)  under the Sedition Act 1948. This news seemed to have overshadowed the festivities of the celebrations.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sri Lankan Government: Take Urgent Action to Stop Attacks on Muslims

Here's statement signed by 250 concerned individuals and organisations from across the world together with the update on events we attached with the statement.

Sri Lankan Government: Take Urgent Action to Stop Attacks on Muslims
 

We the undersigned organizations, individuals and members of Sri Lankan and international civil society condemn in the strongest possible terms the latest wave of horrific violence led by the extreme right-wing Sinhala Buddhist organisation, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS – The Buddhist Power Force)against the Muslim community of south-western Sri Lanka in the towns of Aluthgama, Beruwala, Velipenna and Dharga Town.
 

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Extreme Middle Path

I know we are suppose to be followers of the middle-path. 

Sometimes, we need to be "extreme" followers of the middle-path.  
I cannot help but to post this :-)   Enjoy!

Kammaṭṭhāna first came to international prominence in 1997, when five of its members boarded a New York City subway car and held 42 hostages in a state of transcendent serenity for seven hours while performing atonal syllabic chants. The group then claimed responsibility for a severe 2004 outbreak of interconnectedness in central London, later traced to a 23-year-old Kammaṭṭhāna sleeper cell operative who sat cross-legged in Trafalgar Square and read aloud from The Gateless Gate collection of 13th-century Zen koans.



Read on, click on the image above



Sunday, June 15, 2014

We Are Recruiting!






Beyond Buddhism aims to be a an e-Buddhist platform for social change. It hopes to harness the energies and strengths of the internet to achieve this aim. As such, we are looking for dynamic, idealistic and highly motivated individuals to fill these positions:
  1. Stringer/Reporter/Contributor
    We are looking for individuals who are keen to report and publish activities and opinions on spiritual and social change agenda. We are looking for writers, photographers and / or videographers. Amateurs and students of journalism are encouraged to apply.  

  2. Webmaster/Information Coordinator
    We are looking for part-time/full-time/volunteer. We run our website and social media presence and aim to build on this presence strongly. If you have an inclination, interest or passion to see a strong online presence of a socially engaged Buddhist perspective, please contact us.

  3. Volunteers
    We are looking for volunteers who need to from time-to-time assist in our activities. Undergraduates are encouraged to apply. 


Depending on the projects, you may require travelling. Renumeration to be discussed.
For more information, please write in with your contact details to info@samma-ajiva.net.

Buddhism and National Unity?

Malaysia is facing a social crisis in some ways attributed to interfaith relations or lack of it.  It is not a problem about Islam and Muslims although they seem to be in the center of the media both social and mainstream. The discussion on the proposed implementation of Hudud, and other interfaith-related issues has generated a lot of discussions. Sadly, there are more anger than real discussions.

Picture Source : YBAM Facebook Page 

Dr David Loy: Speaks at the BGF on Buddhism and Consumerism (2012)


Here is another talk (re-uploaded) where Dr David Loy talked about Buddhism, economic, the corporation and the 99%. This was delivered at the Buddhist Gem Fellowship (BGF) in Malaysia.



Talk by Dr David Loy: Nalanda 2012

Dr David Loy, spoke here about 2 years ago. His message is clear to us - we need to be spiritually AND socially awaken. (re-uploaded)




Saturday, June 14, 2014

Let's Debate Hudud (updated)

This is a very interesting and positive move.

I applaud the decision of the Hon Speaker of the Selangor State Assembly to allow the motion raised by UMNO, to discuss implementing the Islamic penal code, or Hudud. Perhaps the Parliament can take a cue from the Selangor state assembly.


In a time when the conversations from kopi-tiams  (coffee shops) to the internet of this topic is so clouded with negative emotions, clear, informative and knowledgeable discussion will be welcomed. I am sure our state law-makers have the capability to conduct and deliver high-level of debates and discussions.  (I do sincerely hope so).