Friday, February 22, 2013

People's Day Dinner forThousands

Sharing here are pictures of the Dinner I attended on 16 February 2013 organized by Fa Zhou Shi. 16 February 2013 or Lunar 1st month on the 7th Day is cited as People's Day.  There is a Chinese Legend of how mankind are '''made'', quite different from Adam and Eve.
It was said that Nui Wa, the Mother Creator created Rooster on the 1st Day;  Dog on the 2nd Day; Pig on the 3rd Day; Goat on the 4th Day; Cow on the 5th Day; Horse on the 6th Day and Human on the 7th Day. Therefore this day is celebrated by Chinese as creating/birthday of Mankind. This day is viewed as a reunion day and families, friends and big gathering like this is a joyous occassions.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Buddha's Wisdom

The content is about a conversation between a layperson and Buddha and it goes like this.

I said to the Buddha : "Dear Lord please bless all my friends with forever Good Health and Happiness"

Buddha said : " Only for four times......"

I said : " Good, Let it be for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter"

Buddha said : " Only for three days....."

I said : " OK, let it be yesterday, today and tomorrow..."

Buddha said : " No, than it had to be two different times....."

I said : " Fine, let it be Day and Night....."

Buddha said : " If that's the case, you can have one day....."

I said : " Alright....................................."

Buddha said : " So which day......?"

I said : " Every day as long as all my friends are alive "

Buddha smiled and said : " From now on, all your friends will enjoy Good Health and Happiness everyday.

With this, may the Snake Year brings you new hopes, new aspirations and new resolutions........

Monday, February 4, 2013

Happy Lunar Snake Year 2013

In the Chinese Calendar there are 12 animals that represent each year. Every 12-year is one circle and the animals take turn to lead. Each year is also represented by the 5 Elements, so like 2013, it is the Water Snake year. There are many subdivisions and unless you are a Fortune Teller or a Feng Shui Master, all these are too complicated for you to comprehend.
2013 is Black Snake Year. Black here represent Water Element (if you have not already know, the 5 Elements are Metal/Gold, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth) and therefore if you falls on any of the Element that is not against Water, it will probably be a better year for you. This is in general.
Being a Buddhist, we accept that all are impermance and things good or bad happened for a reason. As long as you keep your heart clean, be honest and earn an honest living and be compassionate, nothing can harm a good person but like I said things happened for a reason.
Do not be too superstitious over all phenomenas. Millions in the world are born in the same year, maybe same day or even same time but the minutes and seconds plays a part. If you really want to check around, I am sure there are people who shared the same birthday with Bill Gates but what sets them apart? It was said that I will have a windfall in 2012 but I did not. I am not too concern as I believe health and family harmony are already the biggest windfall for me.
There will be predictions of the Year, good harvest, calamities and all the unexpected but stay peaceful and be at peace with the surroundings. Many of us stay alive but we did not truly live. Do not waste your life away and to those who is thinking of taking their life and are reading here, drop me a line. I am willing to listen to truth and give you empathy. Recently I have seen too many deaths happening around me and the message Buddha taught hit home - Death is surely; the time of death is not sure and the way one die is also not sure. Therefore find time to be with people you love; smile at people; forget all your grudges and give yourself a pat once awhile.
With this note, I wish all my readers near and far who dropped by my Blog a Happy Lunar New Year 2013. This card is specially for all of you and it comes with prayers that May you be Safe, Healthy, Peaceful and have Enough for what you need!
Warmest regards and Love from....Lian