Thursday, July 20, 2006

Reflection for Openness, Understanding, Compassion

The Blessed One said :

One would not chase after the past,
nor place expectations on the future.
What is past is left behind.
The future is as yet unreached.
Whatever quality is present, one clearly sees right there, right there.
Unvanquished, unshaken, that's how one develops the mind.
Ardently doing one’s duty today,
for – who knows? – tomorrow Death may come.
There is no bargaining with Death and his mighty horde.
Whoever lives thus ardently, relentlessly both day and night has truly had an auspicious day:
So says the Peaceful Sage.
Bhaddekaratta Sutta


Chee Hou said...

I used to dread: what if I could not get the CGPA that I aimed for in Uni. According to the seniors, it is very hard to get high CGPA in USM as compared to other public Unis unless you stay indoor and have your books become your nortunal companions (introvert). Well, i think we should learn something more than what we learn in the lecture halls and tutorial classes in Uni. We should join some co-curricular activities. It is these activities that make our black-and-white Uni life colourful.

I joined a camp organized by the Chinese Society and I am surpised that I am the only one who is from my course. While I am enjoying in the camp, my other coursemates are studying. Sometimes I 'think back' whether I did the right thing.. Shouldn't I be studying and preparing for my coming test? This is the reason why I dreaded what I dread.
But reading this post, helping me to recall what the I've learned from the Buddhist; "we should not look back to the past, we too should not worry about something that has yet to happen. What's more important is the present"
Well, I think I should just try my best and should not put high expectation on myself. Who knows what will happen in the future. I should just accept anything that comes.
I am felling better now.

Bro. Oh said...

It's good to read your reflective comments. Yes, we can learn a lot of Life Lessons from the Dhamma. What you realize is wise : just do your best.
To my mind, leading a balanced life in the Uni is very good ... one can then really grow in all aspects: intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In the silence of your mind, listen to your heart when you need to decide on a course of action. With your understanding, practice and realization of Dhamma, answers born out of insight and wisdom will arise.
All the best to you. Take care.