Had a great week. On Friday 25th
May 2007, I gave a talk on "Living in A Stressful Society" in Tiratana
Buddhist Centre in Taman
Eng Ann, Klang
. This was a follow-up talk in the same centre last week where the topic was "Feng Shui
I remember the first time I gave this talk was in the year 2003 after many questions were asked of Buddhists. `Can Buddhist Believe in Feng Shui
'. At that time many of our English speaking Buddhists were exposed to Feng Shui
by Ms Lilian Too who became well known for her simple to read books. The craze and interest were huge as if this was the greatest secret hidden from the English speaking mass for a long time.
I thought this was a great opportunity to present the Buddhist Science as taught by the Buddha and how it is presented in the form of Feng Shui
metaphysics. The main idea is the understanding of the natural energies and forces in our environment and the universe and the ability of man in adjusting to the harmony of these energies and conditioning our mind energies.
The popularity of this knowledge was wide and I thought we could use this skillful means to attract more people to the Dhamma
. Once I was asked to give an attractive topic for a public talk in Kuantan
. `Feng Shui
and Buddhism' was suggested and true enough, it does attract many people new to Buddhism to come to the Buddhist centre. Once they heard the Buddha Dhamma
instead, the yearn to learn more translate into new members.
Last Friday's talk in Tiratana
was well attended by some 60 people. It is refreshing to note that English Dhamma
talks can still attract such crowds unlike in the Universities where the English speaking students are diminishing by the day. The topic of reducing stress in modern living was very apt as the Buddha Dhamma
had been the best tool in reducing tension and stress.
The simple exercises conducted that night basically tell the audiences that one can focus their minds to massage their bodies and relax the stressful mind. Also the two principles in giving the mental strength to a person in coping with stress and dissatisfaction are `How to Manage Change' and `The Art of Letting Go'. Once a person acquire these two skills, the attitude and way of looking at the changes in life and the releasing the grasping mind will transform one's attitude and the way of looking at life.
The night ended with great enthusiaism
that many have requested that i pen down my thoughts in my blog site so that they can revise and follow up. So here I am struggling with new posting and keep the site up to date.