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Buddhism, Tranquility, Peace and Harmony?

May 9th, 2007 by Wai Loong (4 Comments)

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Dear friend,

For the past few days, I have been busy working on a project with some help from some automation software tools.I like automation because:

1. I’m pretty lazy and I attempt to get things as automated as possible.

2. I’ve been a software programmer since I’m 16-17 years old.

3. Things can run with or without me around (that’s some sort of peace isn’t it?).

Seriously, I’ve sort of turned quite philosophic. And that happens sometimes between while I was serving the nation, and between the time I have finished my university studies. That’s over the course of about 5 years.

So what have it got to do with the topic:
“Buddhism, Tranquility, Peace and Harmony?”

Here’s why…

I’m quoting 1 feedback I received today:

Reflection from a tranquility will simply observe the peace no one could at the moment of impermanence.

I’ve found some answers from a lot of reading, attending a coaching course, listening attentively to Buddhist discourses and of course, lots of self reflection from those experiences.

I have been sharing with some of my close friends and colleagues, some of the findings I have a little understanding of, and hopefully sharing them occasionally on this website.

Let’s face it. We are all distracted in some point, or most part of our lives!

Even the little things we do and interaction with the universe around us can cause us much emotional disturbance. Then, how can we experience peace in a chaotic world, where there are so much distractions around us?

Perhaps, there is a good way to cut out the external and inner noise.

The Buddha taught meditation as a method to achieve concentration. And that my friend, is so vital as the key to inner peace!

A very important quote I got from a course:

To imagine is to be creative.
To be creative is to have a still mind.
To have a still mind is to contemplate clearly.
And only in clear contemplation can you create aligned possibilities.

Clear contemplation, achieved only through a still mind… isn’t that very close to concentration taught by the Buddha?

Here’s a little secret I used effective in the recent months to cut out external noise:

“Stop watching television, especially news!”
I realized that it’s such as waste of time. We get attracted to all sorts of emotions by watching television news. Do you realize by now that most news reports are strategically positioned around disasters, accidents, riots, politics etc. The answer is because such information are of high demand and hence profitable for their commercial advertisers!

Content like disaster sells, and they will continue to sell for as many years as long as they keep bring in profits.

So, the Big Question is:
What do you really want to get out of it?

Are you in a position now to be able to figure out how much time you have already lost in Your lifetime staring at your electronic box?

Why not do something that is of value to your loved ones, maybe to your family, or your community, or at a very bold statement here – to the world at large!

I don’t know if it resonates with you in anyway but please leave me comments on how and what you personally think of this article.

Thanks for reading this far! It’s time for me to get back to work!

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4 Responses:

Manoj Sharma on May 10th, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Hi Wai Loong,

I really enjoyed reading this post. You must have gone through some great thoughts and even greater integration to write it. Especially loved the quote… 🙂

“To imagine is to be creative.
To be creative is to have a still mind.
To have a still mind is to contemplate clearly.
And only in clear contemplation can you create aligned possibilities.”

It is interesting that the quote is still fresh enough in your mind to quote it.

I would like to add something to it and I hope you and your readers find it useful. I will make some time to add to it on my blog.

“To have a still mind with adequate knowledge, is to give yourself the opportunity to contemplate clearly. It is in clear contemplation that valuable creativity, invention and innovation comes about.”

Anyway, good to see you are doing well and best of luck!

Manoj Sharma

wailoong on May 10th, 2007 at 8:21 pm

Hello Manoj!

Wow! I’ve never thought you will be watching this post?! 😉

Anyway, sure is great to hear from you again!
I noticed that your coaches are no longer at Stamford House last year. Heard you expanded your business to Australia?

Anyway, it’s amazing that you still remember all of us! I must confess that I quoted it out from your Step #1 manual, hopefully you will be kind enough for me to leave it on the post and not charge me royalty for that?

Yes, in fact I have revised your earlier notes and have really gotten inspired again and started to reflect on it even more after more than a year since the course had ended.

If you like a bit of publicity here, feel free to let me know if I can link back to your site. Better site, let me know if you’ve got good graphics (button size) so that I can hook it on the blog’s sidebar widgets.

BTW, I got a reference coming from HitTail, so I guess you must be using it for your marketing efforts? Read “The Longtail” by Chris Anderson last year and was quite impressed! 😉

Anyway, I really look forward to hearing from you again and take care!

PS: Some of the graduates of kNOWing13 may be dropping by my blog occasionally for a look, so hopefully they will find your comments more valuable and apply them!

chris on May 22nd, 2007 at 7:56 am

great gift:
i offen occuppy myself with contemplation but not clear contemplation. hence, the opportunity i’d given myself is just offen creativity, but not valuable creativity.


Wai Loong on May 22nd, 2007 at 11:06 pm


My guess to what Manoj was probably referring to is that, whenever we acquire a new knowledge (and I mean new, not something we pretend to know), we can further enhance our ability to think and integrate into our perceived understanding.

Why perceived? My understanding is from the statement “adequate knowledge”.

Knowledge is overwhelming/overloading these days but are they defective? As the Buddha said “Do not believe in what I say. You must consistently test it, experiment it and only then will you understand the truth”.

Similarly, our understanding is so limited and only through the right knowledge can we ever hope to still our mind. Here is the mapping I derived from the paragraph:

Clear Contemplation -> Still mind -> Creativity -> Imagination

As Albert Einstein said: “Imagination is far more important that knowledge”. Sounds like a link feedback to clear contemplation!

Think about! 😉

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