[Buddhism] & [Minimalism] | Day 1 Reality Summit

Day 1: BALANCING THE MIND


Some Learning Outcomes:
Learn why we should be interested in an inquiry into reality
 Understand how to touch on all of experience with an open heart

Be guided by Susan in Shamatha meditation practice


Some Learning Outcomes:
Learn how buddhism and meditation are the perfect hack to our evolutionary programming that sets us up to be dissatisfied

Appreciate meditation as a beautiful opportunity to find perspective on our emotions, rather than push them away

Hear Robert Wright’s practical understanding of enlightenment, and recognize the incremental progress that the meditative path can bring to grasping it


Some Learning Outcomes:

Understand the diference between waking up through reality versus waking up from reality

Hear what Holly has to say about what is real in the era of “fake news”

Learn what presentism is and how not to fall into its trap


Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community – Larry Yang

Some Learning Outcomes:

Learn about the practice of internal and external mindfulness

Discover what Larry means when he says that “living in conflict actually creates peace”

Hear about the interactive relationship between ultimate and relative truth and why our personal identities matter



The videos and commentaries have given me greater insights to various ways to declutter the mind and heart. Namaste!

[Buddhism] | Golden Light

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Amitabha made 48 Great Vows and this was one of them :

“Provided I become a Buddha, if my light should be limited in measurement so that it could not illuminate a hundred thousand nayuta of kotis of Buddha-countries, then may I not attain the enlightenment.” (Vow 12, The Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Life)

This is probably one of the reasons why I enjoy meditating to Amitabha. When my eyes are closed and I let my body relaxed while I recite the name of Amitabha sincerely in my mind, I find myself receiving his Light. This Light, helps me to cleanse my mental and emotional clutter – allowing me to reset for the day; coming back fresher and more in tune with my heart and mind.


Amitabha~!

[Buddhism] | Light

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When I think of light or see light illuminating, I will always be reminded of Amitabha’s Immeasurable Light.

His Golden, All Encompassing Light of Ultimate Bliss.

It is genuinely comforting.

Namo Amituofo~!

[Minimalism] & [Buddhism] | Decisions

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So, I was stuck at the supermarket shelf for a good 20 minutes because I could not decide whether to purchase Brand A Pinto Beans or Brand B Pinto Beans.

I tried Brand A before but not Brand B but Brand B is cheaper than Brand A and…

After the 20th minute, I got frustrated and worried.

Frustrated at myself for not being able to make a damn decision and worried because the supermarket was closing in 30 minutes!

It’s just freaking PINTO BEANS!


What did I do then?

Say Om Breaths~

Check the Item Production Date and Expiry Date (To me, items that have a long gap in between tend to go through more processing. That may result in the loss of nutrients. Also, a later expiry date denotes that the item is of a recent batch.)

Check the Ingredient List (This is to ensure that there is no additional chemicals.)

Check the Colour of the Item (Pinto beans should look like Pinto beans, not Kidney beans!)

Make a selection! 


Technically, that took me less than 5 minutes.

And I could move on to finish up my marketing.


 “If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?” ~ Shantideva

[Buddhism] | Om Breaths

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Om,

is a sacred and comforting note. Whenever I am feeling tensed, I will just hum the note in my head. What I would do is to take a deep breath and allow the ‘Om’ note be release together as I let out my breath.

I call this Om Breaths.

It takes about 3 to 4 Om Breaths for me to feel better,

another 3 to 4 Om Breaths to regulate my heart beat,

and 3 to 4 Om Breaths to get back to my natural state.


Recently, I’ve been incorporating Om Breaths whenever I become preoccupied with life. The key here is to be Mindful.

Namaste~