Friday, May 8, 2009

ས་ག་ཟླབ

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.

The mind is everything. What you think you become.

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all beings in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.



My religion is very simple.



My religion is kindness.


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Notes

Pictures were taken at the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple.

Quotes above (from Lord Buddha and The Dalai Lama) were referred to this website.

More pictures can be found here.


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May we continue to be enlightened in our own special ways.

19 comments:

thenomadGourmand said...

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
how true!!!
Happy Wesak Day!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Happy Wesak Day, Hairy.

backStreetGluttons said...

We almost wanted to say , eating 3X a day is a sin and so we must from now , stretch out our 1Meal(1Malaysia my foot!) to become 'continue from just now'...

Its good to reflect and ask what are we doing short time here on this earth , if not to serve ? We are now enlightned ...

TQ

Xiu Long Bao said...

Out of the 5 sins, I've committed 1 on Wed, 1 on Thurs and another 1 for the rest of the days. I think I should go meditate under the tree and get enlightenment.

Selba said...

Beautifulllll picturesssss.....

It's so true what's written in this post.

You are celebrating Wesak Day?

Selamat Hari Raya Waisak 2553, Rambutan! :D

babe_kl said...

May you be well, happy and peaceful,
may you be free from danger and enmity.

Happy Wesak Day

Tummythoz said...

Beautiful.

Nic (KHKL) said...

thenomadGourmand, i actually thought of contentment while slurping down that simple, delicious bowl of vegetarian vermicelli. Happy Wesak Day to you too!

lyrical lemongrass, Happy Wesak Day to you too, dear! Wishing you a speedy recovery! Rest well, ya!

backstreetgluttons, you are welcome, team! :) often, we forget compassion and respect. we get lost in trying to make a stand that might not always be the best, even for ourselves. where does this lead to? violence and anger, among other mistakes we read once too often in the news. may the joy of peace reign in our minds and our surroundings again.

xiu long bao, aiyoh, why go through all the trouble leh? you can start by engaging yourself in some charitable organisations. isn't that a more practical approach. i know of one! ;D

selba, rambutan? hahaha! glad you liked the pictures and the words! ;D i think that it is good to have words like these to keep us sane from the madness around us. and yes, i do celebrate wesak! ;D among others. in fact, i celebrate every public holiday! ;D wow, u even got the Wesak year! thank you! ;D

babe_kl, thank you so much! there's nothing like a spiritual celebration to remind us of what's important in life, regardless of our religions and beliefs. may we all be blessed with good health and peace, always. ;D

tummythoz, thank you thank you! Glad you like 'em post and Happy Wesak Day to you! ;D

~Christine~Leng said...

Happy Wesak Day Nic :)

Keropok Man said...

Happy Wesak Day Hairy Berry!

I guess you are back in KayEl again ya?

GFAD said...

Are you a buddhist, hairy? I know one of the most important teaching in buddhism is detachment. But I am having some internal conflicts and cannot seem to let go. Sigh.. I know it's all in the heart and mind, but I really wish I could visit a temple right now and let the spiritual peacefulness usually found there wash over me and cleanse the turbulence away.

Nothing is permanent and the only certainty in life is uncertainty. So true of my life right now.

CUMI & CIKI said...

nic! my heart nearly stopped! i love photo 1,2,5 and the last 2 shots..

wow...

UnkaLeong said...

Happy Wesak Day Bro. Thanks for taking the time to meet up last week ;)

Jun said...

lol who'd knew u can be inspired by wesak?? gee, u JUST had to insert that sole pic of food, din ya? ;)

qwazymonkey said...

Hope Wesak weekend was great for you and your family!

Sugar Bean said...

Really nice photos. We even forgot that it's wesak day passed by. Happy Wesak Day! Always enjoy reading your posts. :)

Nic (KHKL) said...

christine, thanks dear! Hope you had a good Wesak Day as well! ;D ;D

Keropok Man, thanks, dude! yupe, i was back in kl and came back to singapore yesterday. great burger outing! smoking frogz next! ;D

GFAD, well, i am born a Buddhist. And you are right about detachment in Buddhism. but i'm still not fully committed to detachment, i must say. perhaps my perspective of reality is still too personal but well, if the day comes when i get enlightenment, i'll embrace it lah. ;D hey, let me email u a place where u can get some free e-books on Buddhism. ;D

stay cool, girl!

cumi & ciki, thanks so much!!! glad u liked it! i had so much fun shooting that day. the food and people where inspiring la. ;D too bad not much human shots that day. that's why kena belasah..HAHAHA!

unkaleong, hope you had a good time in singapore, bro! i shudda bought you dinner lah. nevermind, next time, ok? ;D and a happy Wesak Day to you too!

jun, HAHAHAHA! ya lor, who wudda thot i'd be inspired to do a post like this hor...hehe..well, XLB brought me to this temple in singapore and said that it's a good place for photography, hence the inspiration. on the sole pic of food, heheh..actually, i wanted to post ONLY that pic..hehe

qwazymonkey, thanks, bro! it was indeed a good Wesak Day. i din go to temples but i did visit some relatives and friends. i guess that's alright la, hor? ;D ;D hope you had a good weekend as well! ;D

sugar bean, thanks for the encouraging words!!! ;D well, i guess it's not a big celebration at your place, right? back here in kl, they had a procession which caused the closure of a few roads. that's why i headed to pj instead...hehehe...join in the fun when u get back to kl later! ;D

thenomadGourmand said...

u went burger hunting? which one?? u knw whr that green apple burger is?

in KL they close some roads, in Pg half the island roads are jammed!

Nic (KHKL) said...

thenomadGourmand, hehehe, burger crawl was in singapore yesterday. on the green apple burger, yeah, Riz brought us there that day but it was closed. and it's not easy to find, definitely. it is somewhere behind Zoo Negara. I dont have the address but i can check the GPS coordinate for ya. let me know la. add me in FB la. ;D