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Thoroughly Forgettable

When a song fails to inspire, when I forget about its words and tune mere minutes later, I call such a song thoroughly forgettable. And I wonder why it was ever written. But that's just me- it must be a thoroughly memorable experience for the composer writing it. What do you know? This blog might be thoroughly forgettable to you, and likewise to me too. Originality and creativity cannot be overstated- for impressions to last, to affect, to have substantial impact- in making the world a kinder and wiser place.

Compassion & Wisdom

Wisdom is the ability to end rebirth.

-Venerable Amatha Gavesi

Compassion is the ability to help others end rebirth.



It is amazing to me that there is the phenomenon of boarding passengers on the subway, who block alighting ones. Because these blockers are also alighters- later- half of the time. It amazes me that the ones being peeved at being blocked might also be blockers when they are boarding. Is all tihis due to unmindfulness? Or plain selfishness such that we continually refuse to stand in others' shoes to experience their incovenience? It amazes me that day in and day out, the blockers do not learn not to block. And it amazes me that day in and day out, the ones being blocked do not learn to forgive.

Even when there are not many boading passesngers, I see boarders blocking, anxious to step in. No matter how fast you block the train, it will still leave at a fixed time. Being impatient will get you nowhere.

Traffic Light

Being impatient, I tend not to look at the traffic lights meant for the pedestrians when crossing roads. I look at the lights meant for the drivers instead. Their red light is my green light. While I do not encourage this, I find it interesting that other pedestrians gasp as they see me cross at a norma pace while there is oncoming traffic, while the pedeatrian light is not green. And the traffic magically seems to sow down for me. Haha.

What can we learn from this? Some seemingly inexplicable phenomena such as psychic powers we see around might be due to people who have realised they can look one step ahead in the cause and effect of things. This step ahead is somewhat invisible to the common man because he only sees the obvious.

Monday, June 30, 2003

Intuition or intrinsic delusion?
How do you tell?
I can't.
Which is why I take my intuition with a pinch of salt.
It ironically makes me happy sometimes when my intuition gets proved downright wrong.
It makes me stop guessing, assuming I know.
There is no perfect intuition till there is perfect Enlightenment.
Any otherwise, there is at least a pinch of delusion in the "best" of intuition.

True Strength

Your greatest "strength"
could be your greatest weakness.
That upon which you build your entire life
can destroy it entirely if it disappears.
A true strength can never weaken.
What is your true strength?

Brand X

the brand
of brandlessness?

Yes no maybe.
Don't know.


Zlyrica: Heard myself sigh very loudly while sleeping, and woke myself up. Haha.
Zeph: Sigh... It's useless to sigh... usually we sigh at helpless situations... but if it wakes you up, why not? Haha.

Seat Belt

Zlyrica: You won't believe what I saw! Amitabha Buddha (statue) in a funeral car with a seat belt on... haha. Can you imagine the Buddhas really sitting in cars like that? Even Buddhas need seat belts! Hehe.

Zeph: Haha but actually Buddhas won't need seat belts; they won't even need cars. Enough protective devas around and supernormal powers to teleport! But yes, they will set a good example for road safety!

Much Ado

IQ Question:

Rich man needs _______ .
Poor man has _______ .
If you eat _______ , you die.

Fill in the blanks with the same word.

Answer spelt backwords: gNiHtOn

Why do we tend to think "something" is the answer, that "something" is needed? Sometimes, "nothing" is good enough.

Every Breath You Take

Good morning my dear friend.
The sun, the breeze is beautiful with you around.
Let all of us be well,
be happy with every breath we take.
Start breathing now.



Zeph: Hey! That design has too many distractions!
Zlyrica: Distraction is a form of attraction.
Zeph: Hmmm... are we attracted to distractions then, missing the REAL attraction- Truth.

Bodhisattvas Needed

"Oh there will be enough people trying to make the world a better place."
That is the common excuse for not putting in effort.
But bear in mind that that is a common excuse of commoners,
who make up most of the world.
This means there might not be enough Bodhisattvas without you.
Bodhisattvas- definitely the more the merrier!

Happy Cat

Sophie: Seeing a happy cat usually brightens my day* :>
Zeph: Knowing your day is brightened brightens my day*-
may you see no sad cats**,
may everything else brighten your day**,
may all be well and happy everyday**.

*A thought of Appreciative Joy
**A thought of Loving-Kindness

Relatively Easy

It is incredibly relatively easy to know the path towards Enlightenment,
as compared to the perseverence one is to muster to walk the path itself.
It's thus no big deal if you know tons about the Dharma-
for as long as it is not actualised in your life, it's not alive, unreal.

What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?

Just when you are puzzling yourself over the "moral" of this Zen koan,
here's my alternative answer-
A tight smack for you on the face, shattering your thinking.
The resounding sound of one hand clapping upon you...
Just my pseudo-Zen.


A good leader leads by example.
A poor follower needs a good example.
Maybe that's what separates the leaders from the followers-
one inspires the other who needs inspiration.

Good followers of the Buddha!
Become good leaders too!
Be Enlightened.

Third Voice

I have a friend who speaks of herself in the third voice. I think it does us good if we always look at ourselves from an objective and different point of view. When you speak of yourself in the third voice, it can distant the ego- as the "self" becomes not so personalised, less a part of "you". This, I feel, is spiritually beneficial.

Paper Monsters

Using headphones to sample Dave Gahan's new solo album (titled above) for the very first time at HMV, it didn't sound very good. But being a fan of the lead singer of Depeche Mode, and with time to kill while waiting for a friend, I decided to sample it a second time. Suddenly, it seemed pretty good. I figure for the first round, I was listening for a Depeche Mode style, and disapproved everything that wasn't it. The second round, I heard his new style in itself, without comparison. Likewise, we often make ourselves suffer unnecessarily when we compare. Only living each moment with equanimity without prior likes and dislikes do we genuinely live each experience.


It is sad that many are intrigued about* the Dharma,
but not the Dharma** itself.

*Eg. Buddhist arts, culture, history, rituals...
**The teachings of the Buddha which lead to nothing less than Enlightenment.

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