Happy Wesak Day 2009

(image = a photo I took of a painting displayed in the artist section in Bangkok’s Jatujak Market)

I wish all my Buddhist friends great mindfulness and peace on this Wesak Day and days to come.

On this day and all days,

May we let our egos melt away.

Nothing in life is permanent, anyway.

Attachment is pain.

Desires bring great sufferings.

And the wheel of karma never stops turning.

Today is your day, tomorrow mine.

When does it end?

Revenge is bitter, forgiveness sweet.

So be mindful, peaceful, and loving, my friends.

34 responses »

  1. Anton says:

    Blessed Wesak to all your loved-ones and you, Susan. Enjoyed reading all your posts and will continue stalking.🙂

    Quote HH the 14th Dalai Lama…. “My religion is loving kindness”.

  2. wits0 says:

    Excerpted from : http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/dhamma/dham8.htm

    103. Though one were to conquer a million men in battle, that man who conquers himself is the greater victor.

    104,105. To overcome one’s own self is indeed better than to conquer others.

    Neither god nor demigod, nor Mara with Brahma, can undo the victory of him who has subjugated himself and who practices
    self-restraint.

  3. monsterball says:

    Went to the Buddhist Viihara at Tun Sambathan Road..at 2am till 5am…..so nice…no traffic jam nor plenty devotees to crowd around.
    One always forget the hundreds of volunteers. They just come without being reminded..year after year.
    Then there are few special volunteers cannot be seen…the 3 cooks.
    They also come automatically to cook for not less than 20,000 for lunch today…before the big procession ..starts around at 6pm.
    There are also volunteered train security guards…road sweepers…clerks monitoring event at the back….up dating books..take calls..extra .toilet cleaners…all cannot be seen doing marvelous jobs happily.
    This was the first time…I saw a stupa built ..to house the ex Chief Reverend…Dr.Sri Dhammananda’s bones. He will forever be in the temple he built.
    And from this year onwards…..Teravadian temples will only have Buddha’s images only.
    Yes…I enjoy visiting the rows of stall…at this wee hours…still have sellers serving customers. I like the jasmin flowers and to find any new Buddhist items for my collection.
    Having done my usual chanting sutras at each holy place…donate for an oil lamp..hope of life to me …is a must.
    Yes..the power of love is so great right now..it will be very shameful….if evil deeds are seen and done. So release the detainees by braggarts in the government is another sign of their failed attempt to provoke angers….to suit their so low class political agendas…racing towards the 13th GE….which they know…they are on the loosing side by a long way.

  4. walski69 says:

    A blessed and meaningful Wesak Day to you, too, Susan. Yes, may our destructive egos melt away, indeed…

  5. 2nd class says:

    Bullshit about this forgiveness. The opposition especially the hindraf,s intention is only seek revenge.

  6. storm62 says:

    yeah bullshit about forgiveness, ask Dr Setev Shaariibuu.

    maybe Najis tong rosak knows better, otherwise he wouldn’t have hire the service of Mr Ji…the hindu priest.

  7. storm62 says:

    below is a lowly rated comment make by kancilandak.

    “Haha. Tonite, a lot if Malaysian indians celebret drink many big bottles of beer in coffeeshop becoz they 3 hindraf leaders release from ISA. I notis this when drive to cibercafe. This how they celebret Wesak Day. See how indian respecting Buddha who is from India.”

    Kancilandak – May 9, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    kancilanciao, go kill yourself if you’re jealous of how people celebrate!!!

    it’s NONE of your phucking business how others celebrate their religious rites, you bloody bus 3rd racist!!!

    RESPECT each & everyone’s religion !!!

  8. wits0 says:

    When repayments are too long overdue, foreclosure simply must happen. And we’re not dealing with physical and corruptible currencies.

  9. wits0 says:

    In the grip of MARA, jealousy is always their constant kneejerks and driving force. It shows very clearly.

  10. Menyalak-er says:

    Hesed, agape and kairos, also known as ‘lovingkindness’ to all my friends and anteaters alike on this day of awakening(s).
    Uh sorry guys/gals, couldn’t help the anteater analogy…

  11. limpek says:

    Listen to John Lenon- Imagine.

    Imagine all the people , living life in Peace…
    You may say I am a dreamer but I am not the only one,
    I hope someday you will join us and the world will be as one.

    But in the bolehland..all you have to do is dream…..
    No money no talk, No money no friend and religion up for sale..

    Anyway, nothing is too difficult or impossible to the Almighty.
    Let’s pray and pray and pray in humility and enlightenment will be found.

  12. wa wa says:

    Forgiveness is a great virtue as impartial compassionate.
    especially to those victimise and hurt you. forgiveness infect eventually heal yourself then them.

    Forgiveness can make us not act the same way as what others did to us-the bad one. if we use revenge towards them, we created our own bad karma same as them

    But its doesnot mean, those who had done evil deeds due to their attachement to power, fame and wealth can run away from their bad karma-which created by themselves.- we can forgive these people, but yet their karma when it is ripening, they will have the edure the result themselves. No bomoh, no buddha and no god can help you the bear the result/price to pay.

    This is only the messages i wish to give to our political leaders who seems sticked arround wesak day and protrayed themselves awakening beings and moral upright.

    Yes, i can forgive you
    because i know your minds are posions by desires of wealth, power, fame and ego that caused as acted like evils.
    The actcs of pretending as awaken mind, good moral and stick arround the high lama.monks /leaders will not indeed help to erase any bad deeds /karmas that you had done.

    even i can forgive you
    yet you still cannot run away your own karma. sooner or later.

    wa wa

  13. Morning Dew says:

    Liberation is only a breath away.

    Sigh !!!

  14. orang utan says:

    Time doesn’t wait for us, work your path to enlightenment when you still can.

  15. Charles says:

    Hi Susan, nice post. I agreed that revenge is unwholesome. Still we need to act wisely to defend or protect what is close to us: our country, our people and all that is good in our society. I wish you the best in your endevor to do so… as I will do my part whenever whatever I can.

    Happy Wesak and May you and your family be well and happy. /\

  16. wits0 says:

    “Desires bring great sufferings.”

    I should say, Wrongful Desires bring great sufferings….to self and to others. Racism is a good example.

    Revenge may be unwholesome but if people are generally more righteous, the leaders they chose tend also to be similarly so, thus lessening the chances of self wrought oppression and the subsequent social upheaval in response.

  17. BL says:

    Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

    Quote from Buddha

  18. eeyaw says:

    Susan,
    Life on Earth is temporal and everyone is here for a purpose no matter how unimportant they are, in the eyes of people. So live to the fullest, I say!
    HAPPY WESAK DAY, SUSAN!!!!!

  19. Lion King says:

    Hi,

    Happy Wesak Day

    And Don’t Forget…..May there be kindness in each and every one of our hearts

  20. Kancilandak says:

    Susan post to remember Buddha on this post. I respect buddha for his kindness to all man. Stop be angry and smile. Sorry I late.

  21. Kancilandak says:

    Hallo Strom62, Good morning. I not condem any religion hindu christian or buddhist, I only condem they way of life of celebreting drinking many many big black bottles of beer erenge on top of table and after mabuk fight and throw bottle and broken bottle in the street, go back and beat they wife, then neihbors help wife. How to unite and fight for right like this? Trust you chief and he eat evrything gomen give. Then evrybody walk the street and cry we no have this no have that. Other people no have this habit.

  22. Kancilandak says:

    Sorry, I only condem the indian way of life of celebreting drinking many many bottles of big black beer erenge on table.. so on..

  23. storm62 says:

    ok kancilandak, your appology accepted…but pls bare in mind that NOT only Indians celebrate by drinking.

    i’ve seen umno members, VIPs, Tengku2 , raja2 muda and police doing that too and they do it in 5 star hotels…so how are you going to “condemn” them? write to them? write to JAKIM?

  24. Mike Tan says:

    May all living beings free from physical sufferings,
    May all living beings free from mental sufferings,
    May they be well and happy always.
    Sadhu!

  25. wits0 says:

    BL, the Kalama Sutra quote is an excellent one, a charter for Intellectual Freedom (rather than blind faith) which is only found in the teachings of the Buddha.

    However it’s prerequisite is that the individual concern exercise his mind fully and sincerely, also that he is not forbidden by external constrictive circumstances to do do.

    However there must be a serious flaw in the Buddhist institution within a state when history shows that it always fell prey to the fierce cultures that replace it. It became too passive perhaps because in its early days, when it was the might of King Ashoka which protected it during its heydays.

    Not every Buddhist school agrees with the historically known passivity and some find it embarrassing when Buddhists refuse to defend themselves.

    Then there was Cambodia, Burma and now restless Thailand to wonder about. There is a practical and shared flaw somewhere,

  26. Morning Dew says:

    Ego was a term used by Freud. Buddha’s false self is more inclusive than that of Freud. Today the word ego carrys with it unflattering connotation. These unflattering baggages came not from the word itself but the conditioning of the false self to give meaning to the word.

    “When you see smoke, you think there is fire” is a good example of how the false self respond to external stimulus(Buddha taught 6-unlike the 5 that biological science taught us). Zen masters called this the tail wagging the dog. The are many ways to create smoke than just fire and only when we have the capacity to step back we will never see these other ways.

    Once we understand the mechanism of how the mind works we could see a lot of things a lot clearer and would be less susceptible to manipulation. With it comes clarity and the natural follow on would be acceptance and peace. Forgiveness then is not an issue. In buddhist psychology forgiveness has no value.

    Notional forgiveness is as silly as notional love or notional compassion – it does not come from clarity nor understanding and often lead to repression and harm.

  27. bee yong says:

    To Susan…the truth-seeker.
    Dhammapada..Verse 194
    “Blessed is the birth of the Buddhas;
    Blessed is the enunciation of the sacred Teaching;
    Blessed is the harmony in the Order;
    and Blessed is the spiritual pursuit of the united truth-seekers”

  28. wits0 says:

    Morning Dew :
    “Notional forgiveness is as silly as notional love or notional compassion – it does not come from clarity nor understanding and often lead to repression and harm.”

    I can readily conclude the same wrt the second part especially. It’s better to see recognise and understand things as they really are rather than be “notional” about them.

    It is self deluding not to feel uncharitable about those evil people who had directly conspired to personally harm you in the past when there was little fault on your own part. IOW, if you have actually experience great undue injustice, it is self-repressive not to face it squarely and call a spade, a spade.

  29. Gadfly says:

    Is Buddhism passive? Passive to what? To racism, class oppression, political persecution, economic exploitation?
    Passivity could mean indifference or complicity or collusion. So, which is which?
    There are multiple meanings and interpretation of ‘passivity’. Looking inward to look at the workings of the mind basically demands non-doing, hence passivity.
    The primary goal of original Buddhism or Indian Buddhism is essentially self-emancipation and not social emancipation. The locus of spiritual practice is on the self.
    As Buddhism evolved, the concept of karma was misunderstood as fatalism or as a law of inevitable retributive justice. This contiributed to acceptance of class and economic inequalities, and also to social oppression and injustice.
    The last century saw the re-interpretation of original scriptutres due to wars, political conflicts and persecution and the painful birth of ‘socially engaged Buddhism’. It is not the type of social welfare or alternative societal model types but of radical activism. It may not be the fourth vehicle of Buddhism (the traditional ones are Theravadian, Mahayana and Tibetan), but it shall inspire a social and political movement that aims for social liberation for years to come.

    Buddhism is pacifist so far as Buddhist monks and nuns are concerned. However, the requirement for lay Buddhists are not absolute. Buddhism contributes little in the arena of protection of human rights.It is a feather-weight as far as political theories are concerned. No doubt, it has a relatively a good record in non-violence in comparison to other theistic religions. However, the contemporary modern force Buddhist to face the harsh reality of institutionalised violence and racism.

    The Malaysian Buddhism needs a Martin Luther King.

  30. I really appreciated your blog as I am in the position of bringing insight/Vipassana meditation instructions online @donnamarie@mirrorimage-help.com and this blogsite. I thought about what I can do,however humble that may be, to futher loving compassion to this world and this is what I have come up with. If everyone would take 15 minutes a day to become fully aware of what is going on both inside and outside themselves and ask of themselves to choose the path of compassion instead of following the mental construct of egoism, that one small thing could work miricles toward peace on earth.

  31. jonathan says:

    peace guys and gals. I would like to wish all of you a happy merry Wesak Day. May god bless and protect you and the rest of your family and all of us always. Peace and god bless.

  32. ZenTea says:

    Hey Susan I like your Blogging with The BUddha! The picture is just so nice.

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